I’ve been planning to honour a slightly more contemporary artist for quite some time.
Here we go.
No hidden messages… …but one. “42” is part of the fur pattern of one of the “protagonists”.
Does anyone here like beer?
OK, this is one of the most famous brews worldwide. Almost. D’oh.
The barcode is a distraction, resulting in the phrase “These aren’t the words you’re looking for…” when processed by a bar code reader.
Got still no idea why this phrase sprang to my mind.
The “words you’re looking for” (Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty), are contained inside the ingredients list. Look up each ingredient in the Periodic Table of the Elements and write the resulting letters down as many times as the percentage states (no percentage means: once). Now you might need a good anagram generator. 🙂
I was aiming for something entirely different, but running out of time. So it had to be a simple “classic” again instead. Sorry, Juan.
And (this is the only, but not really hidden part) you can find the year 2015 in Attic Numerals right in the middle of the image.
20 years of cFos… …this is quite some time. Funny conincidence that one of my all-time favourite computer games is exactly of the same age:
Day of the Fossil… …err Tentacle
The mugs were designed in 2013, but were planned to be handed out in 2014 – so I had to decide for one of the two years. I went for 2013, which is anagrammatically hidden in “Where to enter zoo?”.
This mug is done in the style of Leonardo da Vinci, right up to the mirrored hand-writing he used for his texts. “Practice random kindness…” ist not actually hidden, but just translated into Italian. The additional text has been taken from our Italian “traffic shaping” page.
In the text the letters “r,o,j,v,n,b” are rendered in a slightly lighter tone, the letters “e,m,f,a,v” slightly stronger. By applying the Vigenère cipher with the correct key (3–6–15–19 = “cfos“) one gets the names of “Martin” and “Chris”.
Is there one among us who doesn’t know these little bricks from his/her youth? So, another classic. See the cFos crew pursuing their daily business.
When searching for this years topic, i was interupted by my daughter asking me for a version of Pac-Man for her Nintendo DS. Search completed.
“What do you get if you multiply six by nine?” – Reference to 42 (taken from the TV show)
“Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”
“Cramhints” – encription key (C,R,A,M,H,I,N,T,S=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) for the two names hidden in the high scores.
The number 42 is also included as the total sum of the bonus items (4200 points); the current year is to be found inside the power pellets.
Futurama – one of my favourite TV shows. Too bad it wasn’t a crowd-pleaser…
…but definitively a nerd-pleaser. After being shut down infamously by broadcaster FOX it resurrected as a set of 3 DVDs and after this being successful on the TV screen as well. Halleluja!
Furthermore “Practice Random Kindness…” can be found on the billboard in the lower right corner and a picture containing two suspiciously looking guys in the lower left corner. Both boards are written in fonts that were used for the Futurama TV shows.
Last, but not least, the current year as a part of the “Planet Express” headquarter’s parapet.
The two towers.
Should it really be about these two (Barad-dûr in Mordor and Orthanc in Isengard), or maybe something else?
“Practice Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty”, written in the Tengwar-Annatar font by Johan Winge, can be found at the bottom – hopefully without too many typos.
(The first one has been found already: An additional “d” has crept to the end of the line. Fixed now – thanks go to Uwe Engelmann for reporting it.)
On the right hand you can find the current year (written in Tengwar using the elvish duodecimal number system) and on the left hand the number “42”.