Calling Cryptologists

A few weeks ago, we stopped at a roadside rest area somewhere on the Stuart Highway in the north of South Australia, and noticed this piece of graffiti on a water tank:
The Australian Outback is noted for its cryptic signs. In this case, the lettering was quite clear. It began with “PISCES” and the sign of the fish. (This caught my attention since I am a Pisces, although sceptical about astrology.) Then followed:

26,500 BC

No doubt someone reading this will be able to explain why somebody took the trouble to inscribe this in a remote but public place, and what it means. Or maybe you can use your imagination to make up an explanation. We want to hear from you. Please add your comment to this post.


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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5 Responses to Calling Cryptologists

  1. LUCA says:

    For me it means that there are TOO MANY IDIOTS doing a lot of graffiti and vandalism EVERYWHERE, without any respect for anything or anybody! That’s it!

  2. dazzlerplus says:

    Yes, you’ve certainly got a point there, Luca. Strange to think that some people, when going on holidays, actually pack a few spray cans, with the intention of doing graffiti. It’s not just a crazy spur-of-the-moment act — it’s premeditated! But in this case, it’s not just mindless “Optus sux” or “Westies rule” stuff, but presumably is meant to have some sort of meaning. What happened in 26,500 BC? And what’s that got to do with Pisces people?

  3. LUCA says:

    MAYBE … becauseThe Pisces Era is finished in 2012 (21 Dec 2012, by mayan timeframe) and before 2012 the Pisces Era was in 26,500 BC. It takes to the sun that time to pass trough all the zodiac sign … MAYBE!

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    The “question everything” part is interesting. I remember a musician telling a story at camp once, about how someone had asked him what he meant by a particular song. He said it was not so much about what it meant to him, as about what it meant to the listener. Perhaps the spray painters have left us with a riddle to answer for ourselves…

  5. LUCA says:

    What can you believe these days?!?!?! Question everything!!!

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