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Patrick Differ
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Dr. Whewell, a great mathematical scholar, once wrote out the following four lines, which can be read as a verse of rhyme.

U O A O O I O U
O N O O O O M E T O O
U O A O I D O S O
I O N O O I O U T O O
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Good Luck with this one, Stan!
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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And so no force, however great,
Can strain a cord, however fine,
Into a horizontal line
That shall be absolutely straight.

whewell, an accidental instance of meter and rhyme. just thought it was kind of cool.
-j
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Hi Jessica, dig your poem. Y'all from Texas, huh?

OK. The figure "O" can be (but maybe isn't always) substituted for a different sound. In this case it could be either "cipher", "sigh for", or both, or not.

Now get back to work.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Si, naci en TX y he vivido aqui toda mi vida. err, in case there are rules against posting in foreign languages "yes, I was born in TX and I've lived here all my life"
-j
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You sigh for a cipher...
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Does this mean we can overload letters now as operators are overloaded in C++

Betw33n 4t3 l311er substition and MiX3dCa5e stuff we have now, things are gonna get real int354ng.
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Jackpot!
Once the gist of this one is understood, we can create many more similarly.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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U O A O O I O U - You sigh for a cipher. Oh, I sigh for you
O N O O O O M E T O O - Oh, no - Sigh for cipher? Sigh for me too!
U O A O I D O S O - You sigh for a cipher? I'd suffer so!
I O N O O I O U T O O - I sigh for no cipher. I sigh for you, too!

Is this at all close?
Jonathan Townsend
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Sigh for a cipher => 0 4 A 0
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Scott, all correct except check the word on the third line. It is not *suffer*. Other than that, I would say we have a solution. Good job, old bean.
Will you walk into my parlour? said the Spider to the Fly,
Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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Thanks!

In that case, how about this note, found on a napkin in a restaurant:

I02O04I80

(No, it's not the guy's credit card number)

What does it mean?
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LOL, good one!

and a ticked off waiter no doubt. Smile
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U O A O O I O U
O N O O O O M E T O O
U O A O I D O S O
I O N O O I O U T O O
you owe a ______ an I.O.U.
on _____ ______ met_______
you owe a _____ I do also...or.....you owe a _____ I do so
I on _____ I out______

MIKE PEACE
( /) what if the
(0.o) hokey pokey
(><) really IS what its all about?!
/_[_
feel free to pm me. MIKE Smile
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