There’re something about treasure hunts.
They capture every imagination.
Maybe it’s our love for adventure,
or our love for solving puzzles,
or maybe it’s just the anxiety of knowing that
something is out there, waiting to be found.
In the mid-1970s in England,
the renowned publisher, Tom Mashlor,
approached a little known painter by the name of Kit Williams.
The idea of making a children’s picture book.
Mashlor wanted something that no one had ever done before,
but Williams was resisted to the idea.
He didn’t want to work on a dozen or more paintings
only to have people flip through them casually.
How could he get readers to give his pictures the attention they deserve?
Without telling Mashlor, Williams came up with the idea of a puzzle book,
containing 16 original paintings
that hit clues to the location of an 18 carat gold rabbit
that he constructed himself and buried somewhere in England.
Now it has been buried. It’s up to you to find it.
The book was called MASQUERADE. It was published in 1979.
And it was a mass of heat.
It went mad, completely crazy.
We thought we bound to have enough till Christmas.
And we reprint it, a third of fifty thousand, the day after publication,
and three days later, yet another fifty thousand.
I’ve really never seen a book like it.
上千 上万 成千上万的人
Thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people
said about solving the puzzle of MASQUERADE.
一年过去了 又一年过去了 还是没有人能解开这个谜
A year went by, then two, and still nobody had cracked it.
But Williams was receiving huge numbers of letters everyday,
which he was forced to read or at least scan through
so he can confirm whether anyone had solved it.
This package has got today’s American letters in it.
I mean, this is… this has been going long like,
so long every single day.
Then in March, 1982, a little over two and a half years after Williams buried the hare.
He received a letter from a man named Ken Thomas.
A letter didn’t have any insight
into how the puzzle system work in MASQUERADE,
but there was a crude map that pointed to the exact place
where the treasure was hidden.
Williams relieved at this point,
告诉了肯 他是对的 并让他去挖出来拿到它
told him that he was right and said go to get out.
The puzzle of MASQUERADE is completely unique.
Williams invented it himself,
so that theoretically, anyone of any age could figure it out.
Here’s how it works.
Every page features an intriguingly designed picture,
surrounded by a border with a phrase.
The trick was to identify every living creature in the frame
and trace a line, from its left eye through its left hand,
its right eye through its right hand,
its left eye through its left foot and its right eye through its right foot.
These lines would point a letter in the border that
could be unjumbled into a word.
In this case, BURIED.
If you follow this pattern for all 15 pages,
you’d end up with a mass of phrase that goes like this.
Catherine’s Long finger Over Shadows Earth Buried Yellow Amulet –
Midday Points The Hour
In Light of equinox – Look you
To figure out what this means, you have to take the first letter
from each page’s word or words and string them together.
If you do that, you get CLOSE BY AMPTHILL
and that’s it, AMPTHILL refers to the town of Ampthill,
about an hour north of the London.
In Catherine’s long finger refers to the tall cross
that commemorates Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII,
located in Ampthill Park.
At noon on the equinox, the sun projects a shadow of that cross
onto a specific spot in the grass.
That’s where Williams hid the golden hare.
You were lucky really, weren’t you?
Very lucky. My dog was the one.
Without my dog I don’t think I would’ve bothered.
If I didn’t stop to let him have a look,
你知道的 就出来遛狗 撒个尿
you know, have a run, and have a wee,
I would have never found it.
And that’s how Kit Williams’ MASQUERADE golden hare was finally found.
Except, there’s a problem.
There is no Ken Thomas.
You see, six years after the nationwide search was over.
The Sunday Times in Britain, with the help of a local paper in Ampthill
discovered that Ken Thomas was actually a pseudonym for Dugald Thompson,
who was the business partner of a man named John Guard,
with the time of MASQUERADE was living with Kit Williams’ ex-girl friend, Veronica Robertson.
Robertson had been to Ampthill Park with Williams on a couple of occasions,
and guess that you might have hid the price there.
Guard and Thompson, metal detected the whole area, dug holes,
but they couldn’t find it.
It was only after they saw where two physics teachers
who would actually solve the puzzle had been digging,
they were able to snatch the hare for themselves.
By the time everyone found out about this scandal,
Thompson had already use the hare to start a video game company, called Haresoft.
Its flagship title, Hareraiser, was a puzzle game that
promise the real golden hare to the winner.
The game was pretty much incomprehensible.
In a hilarious video on Hareraiser,
comedian Stuart Ashen details why it’s probably unsolvable, I leave it in the link blow.
Nevertheless, by the time that the exposé on MASQUERADE came out in 1988,
the company had gone bankrupt.
and the golden hare was sold by Sotheby’s at auction for £32,000.
No one knows who bought it.
Though the BBC did track it down for a documentary on Williams in 2009,
after which it went back to its owner, still live in secrecy, once again.
It was nice to see it again.I thought I would’ve never ever see that again.
MASQUERADE launched a new genre of arm chair treasure hunts,
like Forrest Fenn’s million dollar chest of antiques
hiding somewhere in the Rockey Mountains still unsolved.
And our love for hidden treasure is clear in the popularity of books,
like the Da Vinci Code or games like Pokemon Go,
or in Escape Rooms which has flourished across the world.
It’s just fun to solve a puzzle and go searching for treasure.
I must steal the Declaration of Independence.
Don’t steal the Declaration of Independence.
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我用的是Nerdwritter上破解版的Final Cut Pro X
I use Final Cut Pro X tattered in the Nerdwriter.
And there was actually a little bit of hobble when X came out.
Because Apple completely redesign the program
与之前的Final Cut Pro7版本完全不同
from the previous version, Final Cut Pro7,
the editing tool that I had used for over 10 years was gone and it sucked,
我看了一大堆油管教学视频 最终学会了怎么用Final Cut ProX
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