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We have received many strange letters since The Strange first went up on that AOL web site back in 96.  But of all the strange letters we have had come into the old electric mailbox, this letter takes the cake!  I hope you find a friend Mr. Raj.  Someone write me if they know what "anume" means.  It sounds a little strange to me.
John McMahon, webmaster@the-strange.com
The Letter: 

dear  sir
           my name  is  A.SHANKAR  RAJ :   I  am   not   have   frindship:you   will  give  frendship  and   anume  :  I  AM  Have  E-MAIL  ADDERS: kar_ar@hotmail.com

thanking  you
a.shankar  raj

           you  will  give  {resuit  please}



I recently received a letter from a Corporal serving in the United States Marine Corps, who is both an expert in cryptography and a reader of The Strange.
The letter he sent me regarding the above letter from Mr. Raj, was very interesting to say the least.  I asked him for permission to post his letter here at The Strange.  Below is the letter (In gold).
I was looking at your letters
today and that one that was written by A. SHANKAR RAJ. Well, I am a
crypto, and I'll tell you that this guy is not a village fool. This was
written in code, a puzzle of sorts.  For example, look at the two
references to the word "friendship".  Notice that in each of the words are
missing one letter: "i" and "e".  Also that the spacing between words are
either in 1 or 2 suggesting a number sequence, possibly broken down of
course, would present a phone number, if you look closely at his name
backwards and taking out certain letters in the number sequence that he
has suggested, presents the name Jarrak A. Nash!
On to the word "anume".
In crypto the standard use of missing letters usually suggests that it
belongs elsewhere in the message (Note the i and e in the two words
friendship). In crypto messages two of the same letters in one word are
canceled out to one, which again using the same format that I used to
carry his name, I find the word "ANIME" which is the Japanese word for
animation or cartoon!  Which as you probably know is of great interest to
some people. I don't think this was done by a "weird" person or a person
"not stable".  Sounds like this is simply a very clever person, that just
wanted to see if you would read between the lines. If you would like, and
you know a little about crypto or PGP, the number key in the message is as
follows.
111121222211221111


This next letter made me laugh till it hurt!  This poor guy thinks that his TV set is a veritable paranormal paradise.  To all you people who hear this hum, know, my friends, that this is only the AC hum of the transformer.  Be ye not mindful of it.
The Letter:


I am writing in response to "the taos hum".
NOw I've never heard of the taos hum, but occasionaly I have heard a hum
similar to what I heard described in the "the taos hum" articule.
However I've only heard around electronics starting up such as
computers, televisions, etc.  I am not the only one though several of my
friends also preport to have heard similar noises around electronics.

                                     Daniel

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