December 30th, 2006

Whale fluke

In lieu of content, I present (an only partially solved) mystery

Ever heard of "numbers stations"?

Here's an article about them (via the Washington Post, so I think you need to be free-registered). And it confirms: the numbers stations are sending coded messages to spies.

(thanks to Wil Wheaton and his entry today.)

I heard an NPR piece on this back in Hermiston, either in 1999 or 2000, and it was, to me, the definition of "haunting": hearing those monotone voices saying numbers and letters, the odd snatches of music, and the sheer randomness and simplicity of it. Real-world spy stuff, passing through the air for us to hear but not understand...