Ever since Mr. Peterson won the 2007 Jamathon with his extremely simple and easy to make strawberry jam recipe, people have been sending me endless requests for the details. Unfortunately it has been very difficult to get into contact with Mr. Peterson and ask him to disclose his coveted recipe (and the staff at Jamathon being equally unwilling). However a few days ago I recieved this very strange email from Mr. Peterson’s personal address in reply to one of my most recent requests:
At first I thought it must have been an error with the email, clearly something had gone wrong on either Mr. Petersons end or mine. However after showing it to a friend of mine he informed me it was actually a secret code! “Great” I thought, obviously presuming that Mr. Peterson had sent me his coveted jam recipe and i’d be on my way to making his award winning “easy jam” in no time. However, when I asked my friend to translate it, this was the message that he managed to get:
“Jam1 Jam2 Jam3 J01″
At this point I wasn’t sure whether I had just unwittingly (and somewhat unwillingly) entered into a world of jam espionage, or Mr. Peterson was playing some sort of joke on me. I quickly checked my schedule: all blank for the next few years and thought to myself that i had nothing better to do than persue the rabbit in hope of finding the recipe at the end.
After one or two minutes of trying to solve anagrams from the decrypted (or not so) words, I was out of ideas. So I did what all great researchers do it times of peril and decided to search the phrase in Google. Suprisingly enough the first result that came up seemed promising enough:
“Jam1 Jam2 Jam3 J01 – Please Read”
Well needless to say after all my hardwork, I decided it was time to grab a cup of tea and a few bourbons. Turns out we were out of bourbons that day so I had to suffice with a couple of digestives and before long I was fishing bits of biscuit out of my cup. As I sipped by tea, I decided it was time to click the link. I had a quick look if my antivirus was still running and in I went.
Dead End. Well that was it, I had come to the end, all hope was lost and any chance of me recieving the jam was gone with it. I stared down at my biscuit ridden tea and sighed, contemplating how my life had reached this point. I suppose it’s in our lowest moments that we come up with our best ideas and just as my hand reached for another digestive to eat away the pain, that’s when an idea flashed into my head.
I quickly right clicked the webpage and pressed view source. There it was! Right in the source code the words: “Or Is it?”
Hope! A beacon! I grabbed the biscuit and threw it to the floor in an act of defiance! No digestive will best me today. The next few hours of my investigation involved me phoning up friends, sending a few emails and trying to get people involved in figuring out the next step. There was a suprisingly underwhelming amount of enthusiasm in solving the mystery of the jam recipe, but I was undeterred.
It was around 8:07PM that my friend Jerry put the site into a “who is” which effectively gives you information on the website including who registered it as well as their email address.
At 8:10 Jerry sent me this email:
Text: “I think I might have found it, the site has got an email that is : email@example.com connected to it.
Now I knew I was close, I could feel it in my cardigan. It felt as if I had gathered all the pieces of the puzzle and all that was left was a small piece of sky that I had just found under the couch. It was time to put the puzzle piece in. I sent a hesitant and cautious email, just in case some sort of mafia was involved and was I was at risk of offending them.
It was as I clicked send I realized that my full name was in my email address, perhaps I wasn’t the world class spy I had initially thought. I sat and waited for a few minutes with no reply. A few minutes more passed. Then, finally a message in my inbox!
“Hey, did you get the tickets? – Jerry”
Great Jerry, thanks for ruining the suspense and no, I hadn’t got them yet. I was sort of in the middle of of uncovering the greatest secret in human history, comparable to, well, stuff that was secret that got discovered. That’s when I noticed a message in my junk box. Tentatively I clicked, perhaps it was a response, perhaps it was someone offering me a 10% discount on something I was hoping to buy but was 10% too expensive!
It was the response! RE: The Recipe
Text: I bought the strawberry jam at a store befoer the Jamathon0
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