Saturday, April 27, 2019

"Cicada 3301: An Internet Mystery": bizarre treasure hunt seemed designed to assemble "smart people"

“Lemmino” has a short film “Cicada 3301: An Internet Mystery”, about a bizarre Internet treasure hunt – actually three of them, the first of which started in January 2012.

The treasure hunt consisted of problem-solving problems on 4chan, sometimes leading to obscure websites, some of them on the Dark Web, and making at least one physical trip to find an object with a QR code to be scanned (rather like a paper wallet for cryptocurrency).

Some of the clues were in some specific books, like “Self-Reliance” and “Liber Primus”.
It is unclear what the purpose of the exercise was, other than to assemble a team of super-smart people.

I remember that the old Howdy Doody show had a "treasure hunt" in the real (cartoon) world. 

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