A picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger, taken at the set of “Conan the Barbarian”, shows an encrypted (?) text. Can a reader decipher it?
First of all, I would like to invite my readers in Berlin and Vienna to meet me and have dinner together. Here are the details:
Let’s now proceed to the actual topic of today’s blog post. Arnold Schwarzenegger, known as bodybuilder, actor and politician, is not a person who is mentioned very often in the crypto literature. His only claim to crypto fame is a hidden message (acrostic) he included in a letter he wrote while he was Governor of California:
The starting letters of the two main paragraphs spell out FUCK YOU. More stories of this kind are available in my book Versteckte Botschaften.
Blog reader Alexander Ulyanenkov from Russia has sent me an interesting photograph of Schwarzenegger. For copyright reasons, I can only present an excerpt here. The complete picture can be seen on Pinterest.
As can be seen, Arnold Schwarzenegger has painted a message on his face. Here are a few lines of it:
According to Alexander, this picture was taken during the production of the 1982 movie Conan the Barbarian. As far as I see, it’s not a scene from the film, but a picture taken at the set.
There are a few questions I ask myself about this photograph:
- What’s the purpose of this face-painting?
- Why is this face-painting not shown in the movie?
- Do the symbols on Schwarzenegger’s face encode a message? If so, can somebody decipher it?