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To discover the truth from a falsehood.
« on: July 14, 2014, 05:45:24 PM »
From an old book

To discover the truth from a falsehood.

If you suspect your servant, or any other person of telling a
lie, or false hood, that may be to your prejudice, otherwise,
he not so rash as to charge them with it directly, but try the
following rule of art, to inform you fcr a certainty of that
wich you can at present only surmise or suspect, without any
real ground :

Take the letters, and figures belonging to them that will
make the name of the party suspected, as well as those that
form the name of the day, to which add 26, then divide the
whole by 7, should the remainder be odd, you may rest assured
the party has told you an untruth, which you may charge them
with, and either by open confession, blushes, or some other
sign, you may easily discover the deception. But on the contrary,
if it be even, you may rely on the truth of what has
been told you.

Write the name of the party, and the name of the day the
discourse took place, which you cannot believe, and then mind
the following alphabet and figures :

A-10 B-2 C-20 D-4 E-14 F-6 G-6 H-7 I-20 K-11 L-11 M-12 N-4 O-14 P-6 Q-16 R-18 S-18 T-10 V-2 X-2 Y-4 Z-14
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Re: To discover the truth from a falshood.
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 03:40:30 PM »
Do the letters J, U, and W have values?

I tried this out regarding a discussion form earlier this morning. Since there are no listed values for some of the letters in the person's last name, I just use the first name, the result was 24.42;

I "may rely on the truth of what has been told".

I would be interested to see if the addition of the last name changed the outcome. The person with whom I spoke has a first name that is shortened. I crunched the numbers for the full length of the name and got a result of 34.28, still even.

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Re: To discover the truth from a falsehood.
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 05:16:05 PM »
I noticed that myself if I remember correctly, but I will go back and check later tonight when I get a chance. But if you are looking for more insight you might try grabbing the first book you see, opening to a random page and reading the first few sentences you lay eyes on.
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Re: To discover the truth from a falsehood.
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 01:13:52 AM »
I would think that a letter having no value would mean 0 , and you just don't count it