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Weird is Interesting!

Maybe… Over there next.

I tell ya, if it ain’t one thing, it’s somethin’ else.

~ Rawhide ~

Movie: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

I’m impertinent, eclectic, and read far too much. I finally decided to make a site where I can share what I find. Who knows, maybe you want to put some of the pieces together with me, so we can take a look at a bigger picture.

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Trans-Pacific Influence?

Is the Chinese Taotie related to Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent?

Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent

When I saw the image above it made me think of the Chinese Taotie.

Take a look at the images below and let me know what you think.

Taotie – Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 1050–770 BC)
Feathered Serpent mask, Quetzalcoatl Pyramid facade
Teotihuacan – Feathered Serpent mask, Quetzalcoatl Pyramid facade

Taotie – Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 1050–770 BC)
Quetzalcóatl, stone carving on the Temple of Quetzalcóatl, Teotihuacán, Mexico.

This is a work in progress.

Did Ancient People migrate to Michigan, USA?

I was looking over information on the ‘Michigan Mound Builders’, again, when I was stunned by what I saw in this image.

Look at the plant!

It looks like he’s holding a stalk of Silphium!

Silphium is a still unidentified plant that was used in ancient times as a seasoning, perfume, aphrodisiac, medicine, and as a contraceptive. A great gift to get yourself a hearty welcome to a new place.

Silphium was the most essential item of trade in the ancient North African city of Cyrene. Silphium was so critical to the Cyrenian economy that most of their coins bore a picture of the plant.

Coin showing a Silphium Plant
Coin showing a Silphium Plant

What forger would know about this plant?

I think this is the proof needed to get (cough) the experts to re-examine these ancient relics.

The History:

In the late 1800’s people were migrating to different areas in Michigan to claim free government land.

When they began to farm, they began to uncover what looked to be ancient relics.  Estimates on the number of relics recovered ranges from 10,000 to 30,000. 

These artifacts were mainly comprised of clay, copper, and slate.  The majority of these relics contained strange inscriptions so they called in the (cough) experts.  Archeologists quickly declared the thousands of relics, bearing an unrecognizable language, a hoax. 

They were briefly displayed in an exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum called “Digging Up The Controversy.” They now reside in a back storage room due to renovations at the museum. Michigan’s lead archeologist wonders if anyone will see them again. 

According to the Smithsonian Institute and mainstream archeologists, these artifacts are hoaxes. Their minds are shut tight concerning this matter. *Note:* If an archeologist were to publicly admit that people could have been in North America so long ago it would be a career ender.

The Good News:

In 1986, Henriette Mertz’s book “The Mystic Symbol” was published. 

She was a patent lawyer who was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Patent Office, the Canadian Patent Office, and the Supreme Court of Illinois.  Henriette also worked on the Manhattan Project, and contributed to the Greek encyclopedia. She was also considered an expert in cryptanalysis and was extremely interested in ancient artifacts.  Known for her expertise in analyzing writing and language she was asked to analyze the Michigan artifacts. She concluded that they were real, not fakes.

More Good News:

Among other things, David Allen Deal discovered a tablet showing a 13 month calendar system portraying a Solar eclipse in conjunction with a meteorite!  The tablet was unearthed on September 3rd 1896.  On the tablet there is a figure of a mans head and nose which are seemingly pointing to an area of the calendar that would correspond with the end of July. Mr. Deal estimated that the time would correspond to the dates 325A.D.-425A.D. It was later discovered that on July 27th, 352A.D. at 10:54 there was a Solar eclipse that also happened to pass precisely over the area where the artifact was unearthed. In regards to the meteorite depicted in front of the eclipse….July 27th 352 A.D. just happened to be one of two days of maximum intensity for the annual Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower.  This caused David Allen Deal to conclude that, “Who ever made these tablets were depicting an actual event.” So, he concluded that they were real, not fakes, as well.

I would love to know what you think too.

Colossal Statue and Petroglyphs!

Google Earth Link,+Peru/@-13.32770665,-72.41401264,4109.7191028a,479.44579418d,30y,0h,0t,0r/data=CigiJgokCYua8MKjJBxAEa7NvzBawCvAGdGZ1uawf0rAIW8QH_Yro1XA

Zoom Earth Link,-72.414273,16.49z

About 14 miles from Machu Picchu

Approximate Location > 13° 19′ 38″ South by 72° 24′ 50″ West

Please take some time to enjoy how wonderful and amazing their use of stained/colored soil was.

No question, this is a Colossal Statue
Approximately 950 feet in length.

Zoom Earth Image

Adjacent Carved Figures

Stained/Colored Soil and Carved Head.

Child’s crying face (bottom center), with a long scarf flowing behind him from the center of his head. There is a person holding a tube behind the crying child, and a woman to the right (wife/mother) who is raising her arms to touch the statues heart. She seems to have a grieving child on each side of her exposed tattooed breasts.

This figure looks like it’s cutting its own neck. Blood is shooting out, fertilizing the land. The Colossal Statue is below the figure’s feet.

Zoom Earth Image
Zoom Earth Image

Nearby Stained/Colored and Carved Figures

The placement of the stones made this interesting.

Ancient Pyramid and City?,+Peru/@-13.32394056,-72.47886587,4341.12088788a,1213.81852195d,30y,0h,0t,0r/data=CigiJgokCYua8MKjJBxAEa7NvzBawCvAGdGZ1uawf0rAIW8QH_Yro1XAMicKJQojCiExOE1BVTA2RmNFWFJpbkdoLXo2Y196eWdJRE9sNDA0dDE

Roughly 12 miles in a straight line from Machu Picchu, Peru.

Ancient Pyramid?

Approximate Location > 13° 19’ 25″ South by 72° 28’ 31″ West

Adjacent Ancient City?

Approximate Location > 13° 19’ 25″ South by 72° 28’ 45″ West

Nearby Terraced Slopes?

Book: The Secret – A Treasure Hunt, A New Solution for Image 8

PaintingImage 8

The Clues in the Painting = Where do you start looking?
TEXAS, the Lone Star State
In the painting, there is a very bright star, located at B2-3, that dominates the night sky.

Where in Texas?
City = Houston
Location = inside Hermann Park, near the Houston Zoo

In the painting their are hidden letters that spell Houston.
Additionally, I think that the two pillars with animals on them = Zoo.
There is also a map of Hermann Park on the column topped by the rhino head.
(For detailed images of the map on the rhino head column, see > Other Things I Thought Might Be Clues or Helpful Items near the end of this article)

Verse 1 – Confirmation of the Search Area
Fortress North, Cold as glass (The Warwick Towers)
Friendship South (The Dick Dowling Monument)
These are the boundaries of the hunt.
So, the Treasure is located somewhere inside Hermann Park.

The Verses – Verse 1

~~~ START OF VERSE 1 ~~~

Fortress North = The Warwick Towers are near the Mecom Fountain.
The Mecom Fountain is located at the North entrance to Hermann Park, inside the traffic circle where Montrose Blvd. connects with Main St.

The Warwick Towers are also just across the street from the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and Fountain. * I think this clue was used to make you aware of this fact. *

The design of the Warwick Towers makes them look like a fortress. There are what appears to be crenellations on the top of both buildings.

Many fortresses have crenellations.
Crenellations are situated on the top of fortresses, castles, towers, and walls. The gaps in them allow fighters to fire arrows at the enemy.

Crenellations are composed of two parts.
[1] Crenels – The gap, or open space between two Merlons on a battlement or crenellated wall.
[2] Merlons – The solid portion between two Crenels on a battlement.

The shape of this building made me look closely at the painting. The outlined area in the painting has the outline of the Warwick Towers AND farther back are some raised columns. The columns are part of the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade that stands just across the street, from the Warwick Towers.

The Mecom Rockwell Colonnade with the Warwick Towers behind.

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Cold as glass = Part of the front lobby of the Warwick Towers is a wall made of large panes of glass. The lobby area also has some marble columns, a decorated marble floor, and marble walls. All of the marble is polished to a mirror shine, and is as cold as the glass windows in the front. (I think it adds the feel of a real fortress that’s supported and made of stone.)

Warwick Towers is NOT inside Hermann Park, so it CAN NOT BE THE STARTING POINT of the treasure hunt. Warwick Towers is across the road from Hermann Park.

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Friendship South = The Dick Dowling Monument.
This monument IS INSIDE THE PARK
THE STARTING POINT of the Treasure Hunt
(It’s also close to the Houston Zoo.)

Friendship South = The Dick Dowling Monument.
The statue of Dick Dowling has guarded the South entrance to Hermann Park since 1958.
To express their gratitude, after the Civil War, the people of Houston banded together to build this statue. (Details follow)

He enlisted as a lieutenant in the Jefferson Davis Guards. Dowling is remembered today primarily for his role in leading a group of unruly Irish dockworkers to one of the greatest upsets in military history at the Civil War, The Battle of Sabine Pass. Jefferson Davis later called the most amazing feat in military history.

The people of Houston knew that by stopping that invasion before it even landed Dowling and his men had saved their city from occupation and possible destruction. This made him a Civil War hero in Houston. To express their gratitude, after the war, the people of Houston banded together to build a statue of Dick Dowling and thus permanently honor a man who had meant so much to the city and its early history. Dowling is shown wearing his Confederate uniform.

*** NOTE: The face of the confederate commander, Richard W. Dowling is included in the painting. You can even see a bit of his uniform. In the painting it’s located at K2-K3. ***

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Take your task = Go North-ish from the statue.

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To the number

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Nine eight two = Travel until you reach the location where the Southern Pacific steam engine number 982 *WAS* located.
(*It was removed from its spot in Hermann Park after the book was published*)
Below is the Southern Pacific steam engine number 982 in its new location.

*** NOTE ***
As you can see, as a bird flies, this route passes through the Houston Zoo ***

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Through the wood = Go around the lake.
The ‘forest’ is on the right side of the lake (looking at the lake from where the 982 was located. So, you go around the lake counterclockwise.

Back in December 1978 it looked like this.

Back in December 1989 it looked like this.

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No lion fears = There aren’t any lions running lose in the park, so there’s no reason to fear them when walking through this wooded area.

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In the sky the water veers = The Reflection Pool.
As the sunlight hits the water, the angle of reflection rotates throughout the day.
The sun travels from East to West. So the sunlight that reflects off the water, up onto the clouds in the sky, travels from West to East (clockwise) as they day progresses. Using a model and a flashlight, I checked this out. I tracked the direction of the reflection on my ceiling.
In the painting there is an image of the Reflection Pool.

Veer (Used as a verb without an object) = To change direction clockwise. * Right or Wrong, I think the author used this definition. *
Veer (Used as a verb with an object) = To alter the direction or course of; turn.

In 1944 it was a series of three small pools. By 1971 it had been redone and made into one, long, single pool.

The image of the Reflection Pool in the painting.

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Small of scale = If you look at the Hermann Park map, that was in use in 1982, the smallest attraction between you and the north end of the park, is the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade. It’s a very small colonnade that doesn’t take up much space.

Walk over to the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade.
You will be walking across part of the northern area of Hermann Park. You’ll need to walk northeast-ish (Veer – Clockwise), from the northern end of the Reflection Pool to arrive at the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade.

View of the area in December, 1978. This was a big help as the area has changed a lot since then. Without this image you could get some of the following clues wrong.

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Step across = Once you get to the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade, step across it. (This helps with further clues.)

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Perspective should not be lost = You MUST pay attention to your surroundings, especially details. They will be critical in solving the next clue(s).

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In the center of four alike = The four circles of matching paving stones that encircle the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and fountain. The columns are sitting on a smooth area of marble between the second and third circles.

In the painting the are columns on a raised area. Next to this area, there are four rows of paving stones and a smooth stone area.

Another perspective.

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Small, split, = The area adjacent to the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade has three small areas that are split apart by walking paths.

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Three winged and slight = The three small ‘wing’ shaped areas adjacent to the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade that look like wings and are slight in size.

Slight = Small for its kind or in amount. 

Additional Conformation from these details in the painting.
This part of the painting shows a cutaway view of the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and the spouting fountain at its center.

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What we take to be = The stone columns make up the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade were taken from the original Miller Outdoor Theatre. The Mecom Rockwell Colonnade was created in 1968.

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Our strongest tower of delight = The original Miller Outdoor Theatre. (The entertainment has always been FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest “always free” program of its kind in the country.)

Original Miller Outdoor Theatre as it looked in 1968. A new Miller Outdoor Theatre was constructed on the site of the old Doric proscenium. As the first project of the Neighbors of Hermann Park, the columns of the old theater were salvaged for the Mecom-Rockwell Colonnade.

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Falls gently = Like a whale, the water that spouts from the fountain in the center of the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade repeatedly spouts up, then falls gently down.

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In December night = The Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and fountain are open and lit at night.

I’ve since been pointed to “Pierre; or, The Ambiguities”. the seventh book by American writer Herman Melville, first published in New York in 1852.
It’s suggested that this is the source material for this part of the verse 1, What we take to be – Our strongest tower of delight, Falls gently – In December night.
Below, I’ve included what I think are the relevant parts from that book.

Title Page

Full Text

Text that I think applies is in BOLD

Judge, then, how all-desolating and withering the blast, that for Pierre, in one night, stripped his holiest shrine of all over-laid bloom, and buried the mild statue of the saint beneath the prostrated ruins of the soul’s temple itself.

AS the vine flourishes, and the grape empurples close up to the very walls and muzzles of cannoned Ehrenbreitstein; so do the sweetest joys of life grow in the very jaws of its perils.

But is life, indeed, a thing for all infidel levities, and we, its misdeemed beneficiaries, so utterly fools and infatuate, that what we take to be our strongest tower of delight, only stands at the caprice of the minutest event—the falling of a leaf, the hearing of a voice, or the receipt of one little bit of paper scratched over with a few small characters by a sharpened feather? Are we so entirely insecure, that that casket, wherein we have placed our holiest and most final joy, and which we have secured by a lock of infinite deftness; can that casket be picked and desecrated at the merest stranger’s touch, when we think that we alone hold the only and chosen key?

My interpretation of the text that applies.

that what we take to be = What we take to be
our strongest tower of delight = Our strongest tower of delight = finding the treasure.
the falling of a leaf = Falls gently
that casket =In December night = While you’re enjoying the experience of treasure hunting, make sure you take the time to; enjoy your journey, admire the people keeping you company, and appreciate the scenery all around you (don’t just focus on the goal), BEFORE it’s too late (you die). This is way more important than finding a treasure box.
– AND –
You need to pay attention to SMALL things rather than BIG things.
… … …
I think these are what Byron Preiss was trying to convey to those who are searching for the treasures.

that that casket, wherein we have placed our holiest and most final joy = The treasure inside it’s protective box.
buried the mild statue = Burying the treasure box.
we alone hold the only and chosen key? = Finding the box.

THE only and chosen KEY: sharpened feather = Three winged and slight
the hearing of a voice = A whistle sounds

I’ve became more confident about my interpretation of this part of Verse 1 when I found out that there are no Keywords in these lines. Keywords that can be found in the Japanese version of “The Secret”, under ‘Postscript and the Hints‘.
… … …… … …
… … …… … …
Japanese version of “The Secret”
… … …
Hints: Lines 16-17:
What we take to be, Our strongest tower of delight
Quote from a famous book. What is that famous book?
… … …
Answer: “Pierre; or, The Ambiguities”
… … …… … …
… … …… … …
Perhaps the title holds a clue.
I think, IF there IS a clue here, it’s The Ambiguities
… … …
Ambiguity > the quality of being open to more than one interpretation; inexactness.
… … …
So, there must be parts of Verse 1 shouldn’t be taken literally.

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Looking back from treasure ground = Looking toward the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade from the correct spot on the ‘wing’ shaped area
(By following the clue ‘Step across‘ your back is now facing the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade. You’ll need to turn around to look back at the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade.)
When you finish following this clue, by turning around, you’ll be looking at the fountain.

When you followed Verse 1 to Step across the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade you got to the correct ‘wing’.
(In the images it’s number 3.)

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There’s the spout! = The Mecom Rockwell Colonnade has a fountain in the center that looks like a whale’s spout.

A whale spouting water, for comparison.

Detail of the spouting water in the fountain at the center of the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade. Like a whale, the water repeatedly spouts up, then falls gently down.

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*** You dig where the notch is located on the whistle-shaped ‘wing’, next to the spouting fountain, as shown in the painting ***
(More details on WHY THIS SPOT follow below, along with the approximate Google Earth coordinates)

Near the front of the painting, there is a shadow that looks like one of the three wings, next to the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade, but the ‘WING’ has been rotated 180 degrees.

I think you need to dig where the whistle’s notch is located. A whistle’s sound is created by the notch.
(Sometimes a whistle has a small ball inside. It’s squeezed in through the notch. A whistle does not need a ball inside it to produce a sound. However, if a ball is present, it swirls around inside the chamber. This action produces a warbling alternation of tone that makes the whistle’s sound more attention grabbing.)
*** The treasure is like the ball. ***

*** Remember ***
You have to rotate the painting’s shadow 180 degrees to find the correct location of the notch on the correct ‘wing’ (#3), where you’re going to dig.

* IF the spot where the notch is located WAS a flower bed when the treasure was buried, then you need to dig just across the path from that spot. *
… … …
The treasures aren’t supposed to be buried in flower beds.

UPDATE NOTE: The Secret treasure box, that was found in 2004, inside the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, in Cleveland, Ohio WAS BURIED IN A FLOWER BED.
It was located by using the part of Verse 4 that reads ‘Beneath the tenth stone, From right to left.
You can see for yourself, by looking at the images below, that this treasure WAS buried in a flower bed .

*** Location of the Treasure Box ***
At the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade, halfway up the side of the ‘WING’ I’ve labeled number 3.

Nevertheless, before you dig, you will need to measure. The spot to dig is halfway between the tip of the ‘wing’ and the base/end of the side, where the ‘wing’ in the painting has been modified to show a notch.

29°43’23.67″N 95°23’24.34″W
(I used Google Earth, so the coordinates are approximate – Coordinates are for the spot on the ‘wing’.)

IF I’m wrong about having to rotate the shadow to find the spot to dig, you need to dig on the opposite side of this ‘wing’.
Exactly where the notch is located in the painting, if you match the location of the notch to the location of the fountain.

29°43’23.72″N 95°23’24.23″W
(I used Google Earth, so the coordinates are approximate – Coordinates are for the spot on the ‘wing’.)

~~~ END OF VERSE 1 ~~~

*** Images that were helpful in deciding if there was grass growing inside the ‘wing’, where you need dig, back in 1982 ***

December 1978 – Aerial View of the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade area
It’s VERY blurry but you can just make out the wings.
I think it shows the ‘wing’ areas were all filled with grass, not plants.

Here is the same image with the contrast heightened.
You can see the ‘wings’ a bit better this way.

1981 Aerial View of the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade area.
Again, it’s VERY blurry but you can just make out the wings.
I think it also shows that the ‘wing’ areas were still filled with grass, not plants.

*** Several Other REALLY Important Clues, in the painting, that helped to locate the area where the treasure is located ***

At the center front of the painting there is a partial circle = five columns and a spouting fountain very close to a shadow.

The five lines refer to 5 of the stone columns that make up the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade. These 5 dark lines are connected to an adjacent paving stone that looks like a ‘wing’.

Since the lines are black, the lines could represent the shadows of those five columns. You can see that there are 5 shadows touching ‘wing’ #3 in the following images. I don’t think that this happens for the other two ‘wings’.

An overhead view – to see the proper orientation.

*** Other Things I Thought Might Be Clues or Helpful Items ***
They aren’t in any particular order.

Concerning the two pillars with animal related images on them in the painting.

The Rhino’s head might be a rough outline of the Houston Zoo area within Hermann Park.
The horn and ear are areas that are adjacent to the Houston Zoo.

This map of the Houston Zoo area in Hermann Park attracted my attention to this possibility.
The map is rotated 90 degrees to better match the orientation of the rhino head.

I outlined the area so you can see it better.

Overhead view, taken on December 31, 1977.
The image is rotated 90 degrees to better match the orientation of the rhino head.

The Rhino column also has a map of Hermann Park on it.

The area as oriented in the painting.

Rotated 180 degrees – to get closer to the orientation of the Map of Hermann Park.

Map of Hermann Park outlined and with the leaves superimposed.
(Sorry. I KNOW I did a poor job of adding the leaves)

The camel might be a reference to the camel shaped lake near the Houston Zoo.

Camel shaped lake, located just North of the Houston Zoo.
Taken on December 31, 1977.

Concerning the Southern Pacific steam engine number 982.

The engine has a bright silver front. If it was running at night, you might think that the central light on the front, along with the circular riveted area, looks like the star in the painting. IT IS!

When you enhance the contrast you can see the two riveted areas around the central light on the front of the train.

Other references to this engine in the painting.

The number 982 is located at J2 – K3

On top of the engine there are several parts that stick up; the chimney/smokestack (silver), the sand pipe (large dark), the steam dome (large dark), the safety valve, the generator, a bell, and a whistle. I think these were used for the tops and bases of the pillars in the painting.

*** Note: Looking at the base of the tallest column, some people think this is the number 29. I think it’s the outline of a fairy. ***

At the top right side of the painting, look at; the tree, its leaves, and the Spanish moss growing on it.
I think they look similar to those at the Mecom Rockwell Colonnade.

The Djinn like figure in the painting is probably Mexican
The immigrant connection to this puzzle.

This was hard to decide as MANY different ethnic groups settled in Texas. Texas was also a state that approved of slavery. (See Immigration to Texas )

Postscript and the Hints from the Japanese Version of The Secret
From >

Phrabbott Translation:

Ready to accept the challenge of this treasure hunt?

This treasure hunt book is mainly divided into two sections. The first half contains the main story
of the treasures that the fairies brought. The second half introduces the descendants of the
Fairies that came to the new world. Together they create a humorous allegory of today’s

Now, let’s take a look into each section.

In order to find the locations of the treasures the Fairies hid, we must first read the poems. Of
course, the twelve poems conceal critical hints for the treasures, so instead of reading it as a
poem, you should study it like a coded message.

However, there is a problem—Each of the twelve poems can be read in different ways.

For example, some prepositions are placed so that it is ambiguous whether it is describing the
previous line or the next line. Even when I asked my American colleague, (s)he couldn’t be sure
either. In addition, even for a single word, it is hard work to choose from all the Japanese words
it could translate into. Therefore, this book keeps the original English text, and the Japanese
translation as footnotes.

Podcast Translation:

Also, on a word by word level, there are a lot of Japanese words that could go with the English translations. I was not sure which Japanese word to use so when I made this translation I decided to leave the English translations of the poems in the book just in case the Japanese readers need it.

However, even if you have the original English and my rough Japanese translation is as if you are grasping at clouds, it is very vague still. Because of that, I actually made an international phone call to the editor of the original works Byron Preiss and I gave him a phone call and I received a special hint for Japanese readers. However, this hint is not a hint to solve the puzzles immediately. However, in some cases, these hints are actually confusing and can confuse me more than not seeing them. But in any case, hints are hints so if you use those hints and do some detective work you could find a shortcut to finding the fairies treasure so let’s use our heads.

I received a special hint for Japanese readers. All of these hints are for solving the 12 poems. All of these hints are related to the original English and not necessarily work with the rough Japanese translation.

Phrabbott Translation:

(For Japanese readers,) even with the translations, these poems are overwhelming. So I had an international phone call with Mr. Preiss where he gave hints specifically for the Japanese readers. Of course these are not hints that can easily lead to answers. Sometimes these provided hints might taint your imagination and make the endeavor even harder. However, hints are still hints. Using them as starting points, you will get closer to the Fairies’ hidden treasures.

Now let’s use our brains!

Hints to unlock the 12 poems.

These hints are about the original English wording. Not the translation.

Verse 1 – Keywords

Line 1: north
Line 2: Cold
Line 3: south
Line 6: Nine eight two
Line 7: wood
Line 8: No lion fears
Line 9: the water veers
Line 10: Small of scale
Line 13: four alike
Line 14: Small, split
Line 15: Three winged and slight
Line 21: There’s the spout!
Line 22: A whistle sounds.

I want to add some advice about these HINTS.

What the translator THOUGHT THE WORDS MEANT has greatly affect their translation. Here ‘small of scale’ was turned into ‘scale model’.

How sure are you that Byron Preiss meant ‘scale model’?
Small of scale = Small in size, NOT exclusively a ‘scale model’.
Small = Little in size or amount when compared with what is typical or average.
Scale = The relationship of the size of (something) to the size of the actual thing.

As stated above, “Sometimes these provided hints might taint your imagination and make the endeavor even harder.

*** I would advise you to pay attention to that warning. ***

Pharbott Translation
Hints or Hidden Meanings for Verse 1

Line 9: the water veers – Water shooting to the sky. Is it a spring, or a fountain?

Line 10: Small of scale – Small of scale. “Small” means small of size, but how about scale? Even in Japan we say “scale model” [they use the English phrase]

Line 16-17 what we take to be our strongest tower of delight – What we take to be our strongest tower of delight. This is a quote from a famous book. What is that book?

Line 21: There’s the spout – This relates to line 9 “the water veers,” so obviously it would mean…

These may represent the golf course in Hermann Park. The rough and some fairway bunkers (sand traps).

Map of Hermann Park, Houston, Texas (Prior to 1982)

This map of the Houston Zoo actually turned out to be VERY useful in figuring out a lot of the clues in painting AND parts of Verse 1.
(I visited the park in the 1970’s and this looks just like the map I saw back then.)

Hermann Park, was presented to the City of Houston by George Hermann in 1914, is one of Houston’s most popular and historically significant public green spaces. Located in the heart of Houston, the 445-acre park has been an important resource for Houstonians for generations, and is celebrated as a place that has always welcomed diversity and fostered a strong sense of community among its patrons. Over the years, the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Garden Center, and Hermann Park Golf Course have all added to the Park’s significance as an unparalleled recreational destination.

In case you were wondering, I did consider the Sam Houston statue area, but they area just doesn’t fit ALL of the clues. If you call those planted areas ‘wings’, they are all different sizes and shapes, AND they are planted beds, AND they’re NOT small or slight. … etc. … This old image makes this very clear.

Here’s how it looks now.
As you can see it has changed a great deal.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.