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By / 01.22.14

front of card

Try to make sense of this.

PDGNHBOBVPNSNHANAOENCNANHPNCPND,NUOCP
NNPNAPNMSMDKBMLPOWP,NAP,]NEENTGBTMLS
HHSSSTMALHFFTMOFPANSTP,NIOOIPNTPNROA
NTRSANTOTTAPOD,PLUADONNOANPBOOLL,PKUA
SASIMAB,PAGA,]PMOMTAVMAJAMMSSSLLAB
APMUTTCTCCATFGSHHILANRNPHTAOLP,]PST
WAAHASIOLAIOW,PSTWALOJTHTPATP,PSTWA
GAOKWOCWASAPSTWADVGWAIIRARBOSAO,]
PSTWAHPPAAETWW,PSTWAHTPMAESTCWE,]
PSTAOUCOOTIOWHAMPAPSTTPDNHA,PSTWAA
HAS,PAGA,PSTWAAIEHAPSTWARIEH,]PSTTPAI
DNBTVJEOAOU,PAGA,]PSTTOUWWTLWATOUWS
LWDSWGOBS,PSTWAHSAHVASASBTATWARH
SFAOT,PSTWAHBPITNRSTNOTROUHTTBPM,]
PSTVCADAFLAFESJMPLG(the letter C is written here and later scribbled out with a different pen)BGBMBATROURSSAS
FOHP,]PSTWAGAVWWOA,PAGA]PSTEIFFAWAU.]
TYAGFPFG,TYAGFLTMPAAT,TYAGFE,A-TYAGFE,AAA

Oh yeah, and this:

1. OFWAIHHBTNTKCTWBDOEAIIIHFUTDODBAFUOT
AWFTWTAUALUNITBDUFEFTITKTPATGFAEA
2. OFWAIHHBTNTKCTWBDOEAIIIHFUTDODBAFUOT
AWFTWTAUALUNITBDUFEFTITKTPATGFAEA

Stumped? Then you’re not a good enough Internet sleuth. Over the weekend, an anonymous woman asked MetaFilter for help decoding the nonsense above. The source: her grandmother, who passed away in 1996 from cancer. In the last two weeks of her life, she left numerous “cancer-addled ramblings.”

She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left at least 20 index cards with scribbled letters on them. My cousins and I were between 8-10 years old at the time, and believed she was leaving us a code. We puzzled over them for a few months trying substitution ciphers, and didn’t get anywhere. (Via)

It took all of 15 minutes for someone to partially decipher the note.

Was she a religious woman? The last As, as well as the AAA combo, make me think of “Amen, amen, amen.” So extrapolating — TYAGF = “Thank you Almighty God for…”

It would make sense to end with “Thank you, Almighty God, for everything, Amen – Thank you, Almighty God, for everything, Amen, Amen, Amen.”

To which another user responded:

OFWAIHHBTNTKCTWBDOEAIIIHFUTDODBAFUOT
AWFTWTAUALUNITBDUFEFTITKTPATGFAEA

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name… etc etc etc

Before long, we had this:

Please dear God NHBOBVPNSNHANAOENCNANHPNCPND,
NUOCPNNPNAPNMSMDKBMLPOWP, NAP.
NEENTGBTMLSHHSSSTMALHFFTMOFPANSTP,
NIOOIPNTPNROANTRSANTOTTAPOD,
Please let us all (or always) DONNOANPBOOLL,
Please keep us all safe and sound in mind and body, praise and glory Amen.
Please MOM T and V, M and J AMMSSSLLABAPMUTTCTCCATFGSHHILANRNPHTAOLP.
Please see that we are all happy and safe in our lives and in our work,
Please see that we all LOJTHTPATP,
Please see that we all GAOKWOCWAS and please see that we ADVGWAIIRARBOSAO,
Please see that we all HPPAAETWW,
Please see that we all HTPMAESTCWE.
Please see that all of us COOTI One Who hears all my prayers and please see that the pain does not hurt anymore,
Please see that we are all happy and safe, praise and glory Amen,
Please see that we are all in excellent health and please see that we are reunited in Heaven.
Please see that trouble, pain and injury (or illness) do not befall T, V, J, E, or any of us, praise and glory Amen.
Please see that those of us who worship the Lord with those of us whose suffering lingers will dwell safely with God our Blessed Savior,
Please see that we are HSAHVASASBTATWARHSFAOT,
Please see that we all have bodily perfection in the next realm, see that none of the rest of us have to bear painful memories
{OR Please see that we all have blood pressure in the normal range & see that none of the rest of us have to take blood pressure medication}
Please see that VCADAFLAFESJMPLGBGBMBA the rest of us RSSASFOHP.
Please see that WAGAVWWOA, praise and glory Amen.
Please see that everyone is free from all wants/worries and unhappiness.

Thank you Almighty God for protection from grief.
Thank you Almighty God for listening to my prayers and answering them.
Thank you Almighty God for everything, Amen.
Thank you Almighty God for everything, Amen Amen Amen

Good job, Internet. Read the whole thread here.

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