Markovian Parallax Denigrate

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Markovian Parallax Denigrate is a series[1] of unexplained word puzzles posted to Usenet in 1996.[2] The posts are often mentioned in conjunction with other bizarre and/or unsolved internet mysteries,[2] such as Sad Satan, cicada 3301, the Publius Enigma and Unfavorable Semicircle. Hundreds of messages were posted, and were initially dismissed as spam.[2] It has been referred to as "The Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery",[3] and "one of the first great puzzles of the internet".[4]

Cryptographers, software developers, and hackers have worked on decoding the puzzles, but have never been successful. In 2016, Susan Lindauer was identified as a possible source of these posts, though she denied being the author,[3] and other possible explanations include an early experimental chat bot or text generator,[2] or a programmer experimenting with Markov chains.[3]

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  1. ^ Dewey, Caitlin (May 2, 2014). "Five of the Internet's eeriest, unsolved mysteries". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Förtsch, Michael (November 25, 2016). "Sieben ungelöste Rätsel des Internets". Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Morris, Kevin (November 2, 2012). "The Markovian Parallax Denigrate: Unraveling the Internet's oldest and weirdest mystery". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  4. ^ Privalov, Alexander (August 24, 2017). "Краткий курс истории спама". Retrieved 10 September 2017.

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