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"Da Vinci" Judge’s Secret Code Cracked
"Jackie Fisher who are you Dreadnought."
While that cryptic sentence might not mean much to you, it has a lot of meaning to fans of the popular novel, The Da Vinci Code.
It turns out that this obscure reference to a British admiral and a warship is the "coded message" tucked away into a court opinion by England’s Justice Peter Smith, who ruled several weeks ago that author Dan Brown did not plagiarize other sources when penning the bestseller. Since The Da Vinci Code is all about puzzles and word trickery, the judge figured two could play at that game and he embedded a code of his own into the decision. (See Briefs, May 2006).
The code has now been cracked. With a few hints from the judge, a London lawyer and an intellectual property and media lawyer took on the task of deciphering the jumble of coded letters. The key was page 255 of Brown’s novel, which discusses the "Fibonacci Sequence," a way of reordering the alphabet into code.
The jumble of italicized letters eventually spelled out the cryptic message about British Admiral John Arbuthnot "Jackie" Fisher and the Dreadnought, a famed ship. Justice Smith wouldn’t reveal why he did it, telling Bloomberg only that he did it for "a bit of fun."
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, describes John Arbuthnot (Jackie) Fisher as "the second most important figure of British naval history, after Lord Nelson. The admiral was known for his efforts at naval reform and had a huge influence on the Royal Navy in a career spanning more than 60 years, starting in a navy of wooden sailing ships armed with muzzle-loading cannon and ending in one of battle cruisers, submarines and the first aircraft carriers.