August 25, 2019

Hidden Codes Discovered in Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer


Riddle me this.

A number of internet sleuths have spotted and cracked the secret codes hidden within the Batman: Arkham Knight “Gotham is Mine” trailer.

The first, hidden at the 0:07 mark in the trailer, contains a very hard to read code saying 7HLEE2zQl2e.

batman secret code 1

The second code, discovered at the 0:25 mark, reads pPL2a3Mn Ppi3mAMpyL2.

batman secret code 2

So far, the only other code discovered is in one of the final shots of the trailer, at the 1:47 mark that reads c Rcn3n3 N2Jn3tjHn2.

batman secret code 3

When first entered into the Person of Interest field on the official Arkham Knight website, the above codes will bounce, returning with a message saying either “Incorrect password and field. Please decode cipher instructions and use elsewhere” or “Incorrect password. Please decode cipher instructions.”

A number of users on Reddit have been hard at work trying to locate and decipher the codes. User SixSided worked out a system to help crack each of them.

According to Reddit users, when correctly deciphered, the first code translates into “yeah right,” the second into “botanical gardens,” and the third (and so far final) into “your greatest fears.” Each of the codes correspond with the characters featured in the stills where they are placed, i.e., Harley Quinn saying “yeah right,” Poison Ivy’s “botanical gardens,” and main antagonist Scarecrow’s “your greatest fears.” It should be noted that these codes will only work if placed in the correct field on each page. Scroll to additional Person of Interest pages on the website via the small arrow on the right-hand side of the screen.


// only use the determined w/h if non-zero; helps with divs that start hidden
if (jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).width() + jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).height() == 0)
swfobject.embedSWF(url, videoDomId, videoDim.width.toString(), videoDim.height.toString(), swfVersionStr, xiSwfUrlStr, flashvars, params, attributes, swfObjectCallback);
swfobject.embedSWF(url, videoDomId, jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).width().toString(), jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).height().toString(), swfVersionStr, xiSwfUrlStr, flashvars, params, attributes, swfObjectCallback);

window.open(jQuery(this).attr(“href”), “_parent”);
return false;

When the correctly deciphered codes are entered into the website, each yields a character bio for its corresponding villain.

So far, only three codes have been discovered. Whether or not these are the only ones available in the trailer remains unknown.

Developed by Rocksteady Games, Batman Arkham Knight is the upcoming open-world action game set in the Batman video game franchise. It is scheduled to release on June 2, 2015 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and will be rated M for Mature.


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if (jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).width() + jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).height() == 0)
swfobject.embedSWF(url, videoDomId, videoDim.width.toString(), videoDim.height.toString(), swfVersionStr, xiSwfUrlStr, flashvars, params, attributes, swfObjectCallback);
swfobject.embedSWF(url, videoDomId, jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).width().toString(), jQuery(‘#’+videoDomId).height().toString(), swfVersionStr, xiSwfUrlStr, flashvars, params, attributes, swfObjectCallback);

window.open(jQuery(this).attr(“href”), “_parent”);
return false;

Cassidee is a freelance writer for various outlets around the web. She’s also a massive Batman nerd and is more than happy to talk about it over on Twitter.

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The New Batman Trailer Hides a Puzzle

The New Batman Trailer Hides a Puzzle

Being ‘the world’s greatest detective’ is one of Batman’s things, so it makes sense that
the new Arkham Knight trailer had a rock hard mystery hidden inside.

This post originally appeared on Kotaku UK.

Here’s the trailer, see if you can spot the clues:

No? Don’t worry, the codes are insanely hard to find, apparently only appear in a single frame
and are almost impossible to see on YouTube compression.

be warned, only read on if you want the puzzle solved.

The codes were found near Harley’s leg at the beginning of the trailer, when Batman first meets Poison Ivy and when the Scarecrow stares down the camera at the end. Fans were quick to postulate that the codes were tied to an as of yet un-accessed ‘Person Of Interest’ section of the official
Batman Arkham Knight website.

This is the sort of thing you’re looking for, if you want to go through the trailer:

The New Batman Trailer Hides a Puzzle

You can see one other code, as well as some excellent analysis of the trailer in this video by
Batman Arkham Videos:

Ultimately, if you have the eyes and a decent copy of the trailer, then there are three codes to find (so far):

  • ‘qeL e2uLEE2 zul2e’ for Harley Quinn
  • ‘pPL2a3Mn Ppi3mAMpyL2’ for Poison Ivy
  • ‘c Rcn3n3 N2Jn3tjHn2’ for Scarecrow.

This set a gang of
Redditors off, trying to crack the cipher. Fans were quick to notice that each code only contained letters from the name of the character associated with it, but the use of upper and lower case, and numbers, stumped many.

That is until SixSided posted their excellent
breakdown of the solution:

“The key thing to notice was that the ciphers only contained letters used in the names of the characters, which people had already noticed, but more importantly that the numbers only came after letters that occurred MORE THAN ONCE in the name. This doesn’t account for the lowercase / uppercase, but after trying a few things I found taking the name in lower then upper and lining it up with the alphabet like so worked nice. From here you then take the cipher text, and pick out the letter below, taking the Nth occurrence if it was followed by a number. For example ‘c’ -> ‘I’, ‘n3’ -> ‘L'”

So each code has a separate key:

The New Batman Trailer Hides a Puzzle

And, if the letter in the code is followed by a number you read off the code letter attached to the nth version of that letter. So for Jonathan Crane, ‘n’ equals ‘c’, but ‘n’ followed by a ‘2’ equals ‘h’.

Got it?

From there, that gets you the following answers for each character:

Harley Quinn – “Her first line”

Poison Ivy – “Asylum sanctuary”

Scarecrow – “I will unleash”

But it doesn’t end there. Those are only questions, the answer of which will get you the codes to unlock character bios in the Persons Of Interest section of the
Arkham Knight website:

Harley Quinn – “Yeah, right”

Poison Ivy – “Botanical gardens”

Scarecrow – “Your greatest fears”

Phew, no wonder Batman keeps detective vision on all the time. No, wait, that’s me.
I keep detective vision on all the time.

The New Batman Trailer Hides a Puzzle

This post originally appeared on Kotaku UK, bringing you original reporting, game culture and humour with a U from the British isles. Follow them on @Kotaku_UK.


The New Batman Trailer Hides a Puzzle

Hey, Get A Load Of This Evil Doctor

Hey, Get A Load Of This Evil Doctor

The Washington Post has a profile today of Dr. Jack Wolfson, an Arizona cardiologist and holistic medicine, uh, doer or whatever, who’s made something of a name for himself by providing a flimsy, fraudulent rime of expertish cover to the reprehensible, morally criminal anti-vaccination crowd in the U.S. It’s really something! Which is a way of saying that, if you read it, it will make you punch a hole in something and mutter things under your breath that will include the word “prison.”

The claims of this lunatic fringe have been debunked so utterly, repeatedly, and absolutely, by literally every single credible authority that has ever, ever, ever examined them, that to acknowledge their existence, even for the purpose of repudiating them, is to lend them a credibility they will never come close to earning for themselves. Unfortunately, the not-completely-derelict segment of the populace occasionally is forced to engage with the stupid, baseless conspiranoia gibberings of these “anti-vax” shitheads, for the sole reason that the proliferation of these gibberings does active harm to the human race—by providing vectors for harmful diseases such as, for example, the measles, currently doing its thing in a California populace left exposed by gaps willfully blasted into herd immunity by the state’s many affluent anti-vax morons. And so it is that a psychotic clownfraud like Jack Wolfson must be treated with more seriousness than the sad raving crazy person wearing a sandwich board in your local city intersection: Wolfson, unlike that feverish, bad-smelling outcast, is an actual danger to the public.

The first point that must be made, as the Post points out, is that Wolfson is neither an infectious disease specialist, nor an epidemiologist, nor a practitioner of any other branch of medicine that would give him more insight into the efficacy of vaccines than the unanimous body of credible scientific and medical authorities who have disproven every goddamn letter of every claim made by anti-vaxxers. He is a trained cardiologist. He has as much to say about vaccination as a proctologist does about macular degeneration. Not that this makes too much of a difference, mind you—he could be King Of Virus Doctors, and if he was saying shit like this, he’d still belong in a fucking circus, or a jail cell, or an inpatient mental health facility:

He said viruses — not vaccines — are a part of the natural world. “Unfortunately, they mean that some people get sick and some people die,” he said. “But the reality is that we can’t inject our children with chemicals.”

Yeah, “chemicals” is a good place to draw the line, when it comes to what we will or won’t put into our kids. I mean, sure, they’ll die in about three minutes from suffocation, but at least they won’t get any of those spooky chemicals like oxygen and nitrogen inside their pure little bodies, which are made up entirely of chemicals.

Oh, but maybe he means spooky non-nature chemicals. Good thing literally none of those exist or will ever exist.

Let’s play a fun game, here. Let’s pretend he was talking about any other harmful part of the natural world, rather than viruses. Here.

He said hurricanes — not storm shelters — are a part of the natural world. “Unfortunately, they mean that some people get injured and some people die,” he said. “But the reality is that we can’t stick our children in enclosed spaces.”

He said parasites — not sanitation — are a part of the natural world. “Unfortunately, they mean that some people get worms and some people die,” he said. “But the reality is that we can’t wash our children’s hands with soap.”

He said bear attacks — not walls — are a part of the natural world. “Unfortunately, they mean that some people get mauled and some people die,” he said. “But the reality is that we can’t obstruct our children’s view of nature.”

He said terminal ignorance — not the preservation of knowledge for future generations — is a part of the natural world. “Unfortunately, this means that some people eat poisonous plants and some people die,” he said. “But the reality is that we can’t teach our children the stuff we’ve figured out.”

Lightning. Subzero temperatures. Food poisoning. Poison ivy. Dangerous creeps who want to steal little kids away from their families and do vile shit to them. All parts of “the natural world” from which reasonable people protect their children, via reasonable applications of the knowledge and technology we’ve developed in all the millennia since the perilous shit-smeared Paleolithic Age this moral dwarf and his batshit compatriots point to as an imaginary purer time while withholding harmless and beneficial medicine from their goddamn children. Does Jack Wolfson shit in the woods? Endurance-hunt bison across the fucking plains? Medicate myocardial infarctions with the judicious application of chanting and human sacrifice?

No. Of course he does not. And so a very stupid person might be tempted to conclude that Dr. Wolfson’s selective adoption of modern practices is a sign of rigor, of an admirable skepticism, if not for the fact that vaccination might well be the most unambiguously good thing human beings ever came up with.

Amid this outbreak, Wolfson actively urges people to avoid vaccines. “We should be getting measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, these are the rights of our children to get it,” he told the Arizona Republic. “We do not need to inject chemicals into ourselves and into our children in order to boost our immune system.” He added: “I’m a big fan of what’s called paleo-nutrition, so our children eat foods that our ancestors have been eating for millions of years … That’s the best way to protect.”

I mean … not to point out the obvious, here, but that shit didn’t work the first time, buddy. That’s why people invented vaccines. Imagine if some very dumb and mentally ill person said that the best way to cure epidemic diseases in our communities was to identify, kill, and eat the member of the rival tribe responsible for casting witchcraft upon us, the way that our Paleolithic ancestors did. That would be no less a ludicrous, flatly incorrect thing to say, whether the person saying it was a cardiologist, a hare-brained former MTV VJ, or a sweaty flower-child with dilated pupils accosting you on your way out of the subway station.

(Incidentally, as a concept, fetishizing the lifestyles of the Paleolithic Age as an ideal for modern humans involves actively pretending that the constant, desperate drive to develop technology and medicine that would render the lifestyles of the Paleolithic Age obsolete was not the defining feature of the lifestyles of the Paleolithic Age. If you want to live like a fucking cave-person, the best place to start is by adopting a frantic all-consuming desire to become a modern non-cave-person. It’s literally the only reason why cave-persons survived cave-personhood. The only thing they were good at was recognizing that Paleolithic lifestyles were awful.)

When some nitwit celebrity withholds vaccines from his or her children, that is its own brand of dereliction, from the responsibilities of a worth-a-shit parent and from those of a member of society who has benefited from public health practice. It puts that celebrity’s children at risk, and also weakens the communal net of immunity that protects those who don’t have access to vaccines from exposure to communicable diseases. Jack Wolfson’s medical certifications, in the context of a disgracefully under-educated culture accustomed to treating the “Dr.” honorific as a badge of expertise in all medical matters, compound the dereliction. He is in a position to mislead, meaningfully and harmfully, even certain people who might be smart enough not to take medical advice from Jay Cutler and his criminally derelict idiot of a wife.

Whipping out the tenets of the Hippocratic oath is the “Oh, you can make stats prove anything” of layperson discussions of medical controversies. Even so: Willfully and publicly disseminating public-health-imperiling pseudoscientific quackery, behind the imprimatur of doctorly credentials, is as unambiguous a violation of the promise to abstain from doing harm as if this toxic insane person were going around hocking flu-mucous onto grade-school cafeteria lunches. That disgraced and cosmically undermined “Dr.” in front of his name transforms Jack Wolfson’s stupid opinions into potent societal poison.

The ongoing measles outbreak—84 confirmed infections so far, in 14 states—is proof of it, and it shouldn’t just jeopardize the credentials this pied piper uses to lend gravity to his insane, irresponsible pronouncements; it should jeopardize his access to his fellow humans. Jack Wolfson is fucking evil. To the extent that any kids ever have been exposed to inoculable disease because their parents followed his medical advice against vaccination, he belongs in prison.

Vaccinate your goddamn children.


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Greenfield poison ivy removal company owner does not use chemicals


Greenfield poison ivy removal company owner does not use chemicals

Thursday, July 3, 2014



LYNDEBOROUGH – Poison ivy can be truly called a “noxious weed.” The urushiol oil contained in all parts of the trailing vine causes a painful rash and oozing blisters on most people who encounter it. The blisters and intense itching can last up to two weeks.

Poison ivy will grow almost anywhere in our region, under all kinds of conditions and it is not easy to eradicate.

Although there are chemical sprays that will kill it, the best way to remove it is to pull it out.

While some people take the risks involved and do that, most people hire someone else.

Helaine Hughes, owner of The Poison Ivy Removal Co. in Greenfield, is one of the few people in the state who does not use chemicals of any kind.

“I don’t like the idea that (chemicals) can get into the ground water,” she said during a recent visit to a homeowner with the problem. “And the dead plant material can infect you for three to five years. You can’t use the place you’ve sprayed. People I help can use the area right away.”

So she and her three employees get into hazmat suits and rip it out by hand.

“I wear the suit with boots attached,” she said, “wade in and sit down, or whatever we need to do. You just have to be careful not to touch your face. The girls do their hair up very well so there are no stray pieces.”

Hughes added, “Poison ivy and yellow jackets shouldn’t be allowed and I run into (the hornets) every once in a while.” Those she does spray.

While simply brushing against the leaves can cause the rash, “you can’t get it from another person,” she said. “The oozing blisters don’t have the urushiol oil.”

But you can get it from your pets – “it doesn’t affect them but the oil is on the tips of their hairs” – and from anything that has touched the vine, tools, shoes, clothes, etc.

Hughes said she does this kind of work “because I’m good at it.” She said she understood the need for protection because in earlier jobs she had worked in clean rooms and as a housekeeper in hospital infectious disease wards.

“In the 1970s, my dad brought home some pheasants and we had to remove the poison ivy to put up a fence. He called Dunstable, Mass., (where we lived) the poison ivy capital of the world.”

Poison ivy vines have horizontal roots, she said, and put down an anchor root every two or three feet, so even pulling it out might not get it all.

“There is a 15 percent grow back,” she said. “You can have us come back or manage that yourself.”

To do the job yourself, Hughes said, “wear long pants and long sleeves. Tape washable gloves to the sleeves and wear washable sneakers. Pull out the ivy and put it in bags. When you’re through, put everything (you are wearing) into the washer and take a shower. As long as you aren’t sweating or it isn’t raining, cotton clothes are fine.”

Do not burn the pulled vines. The urushiol oil stays in the smoke and breathing it can affect the esophagus and the lungs. Double bag the plants and take them to a landfill.

Hughes services are $100 an hour for a crew of two. If the ivy is in light shade, they can do a 10-by-30-foot area, but if it is in mowed grass, the hardest place to remove it, they might do only a 10-by-10 area.

Part of her service is to tell people what poison ivy is, and what it isn’t. Many plants have the three leaves that are the ivy’s main identifier.

Does it have thorns? It’s not poison ivy, probably blackberry.

Does it have alternate leaves, serrated leaves? Not ivy.

“People call me and I can tell them it’s not ivy, put a lot of people’s minds at ease. But I think, and so do some others, that poison ivy tries to look like other plants it is growing near,” she said.

Hughes has lived in Greenfield since 2003, previously living in Wilton. There are other companies who deal with the ivy, she said, some pull but also use sprays. “I’m the only one who just pulls.”

She added, “I love to do it, it’s fun. I get to talk to all these people. Every place (I go) is different. It’s amazing how little information there is out there about poison ivy. William Gillis wrote about the only book and he is trying to get the genetic codes, what insects eat it, is collecting seeds.”

Dr. William T. Gillis 1960 book, “Poison Ivy and Its Kin,” is available from Amazon.

Hughes said, “There is a lot to think about (when dealing with the ivy). You can’t see (the oil), can’t smell it, but any kind of soap will get rid of it.”

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Neahring: Hazards of poison ivy

I like summertime. Even though I haven’t been a student for several decades, I still think of summer as break time, a chance to kick back, enjoy the sunshine and relax a little. If it wasn’t for that pesky part-time job and full-time motherhood thing, I could really do some serious lounging.

Spending time outdoors in the warm weather is a great way to unwind, but a person has to beware of dangerous flora and fauna lurking around. Actually, aside from a few disgruntled groundhogs, the fauna in our yard isn’t all that deadly, but the flora is potentially fraught with peril. I don’t mean large, carnivorous shrubbery that devours people, (although I saw that once in a science fiction movie, and I believe it could totally happen), but the more insidious, itchy kind of danger you get from plants like poison ivy.

Poison ivy, whose scientific name is Toxico radicans, has been around for a long time. It was first discovered and named in America by Captain John Smith, the famous 17th century explorer and friend of Pocahontas. Poison ivy and its equally treacherous cousins, poison oak and poison sumac, are found throughout most of the United States and cause an itchy rash following contact. Most people are susceptible to poison ivy, although about 15 percent of the population is not sensitive to the effects of the plant and does not get a rash.

The rash of poison ivy is caused by the plant oil urushiol, found in all parts of the plant including leaves, stem, and roots. Your child may develop symptoms through direct contact with the oils on the plant itself, or by touching a contaminated object such as clothes or shoes. The plant oils can remain on objects and retain potency for many years. Pets can carry the plant oils on their fur, although they do not get the rash. Burning poison ivy releases the oils into the air, and the particles may travel airborne to the skin or be inhaled. Touching another person with poison ivy does not typically transmit the rash, since the plant oils are quickly absorbed into human skin on initial contact.

The poison ivy rash is red and itchy, often with blisters in a straight line. The reaction may not appear for several hours to days after exposure to the plant oil. The rash is not contagious, but can be spread from place to place on a child by residual plant oil under his fingernails when he scratches.

If your child has been exposed to poison ivy, wash the area with warm soapy water as soon as possible to remove the plant oils before they are absorbed into the skin. Water that is too hot may open the pores, allowing for increased absorption. Apply a cool compress or an ice cube to relieve itching and swelling. Oatmeal-based bath products and lotions (like Aveeno) and oral antihistamines (Benadryl) can be helpful for symptoms as well.

Calamine lotion, a combination of zinc oxide and iron oxide, has been used to treat the itch of poison ivy since the 19th century, but it can be quite drying for some children with sensitive skin. Over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone cream can be used in mild cases, and your doctor can order a stronger prescription steroid cream or ointment if necessary.

While most cases of poison ivy go away on their own within two weeks, you should call your doctor if your child’s rash is particularly extensive, extreme or appears infected. Significant lesions on the face, especially around the eyes, may warrant a visit as well. Your doctor may prescribe oral steroids (or occasionally, a steroid injection) to relieve inflammation. Topical or oral antibiotics are indicated for a rash that has become infected, usually through repeated scratching.

An individual’s sensitivity to poison ivy can change from season to season, so even a highly susceptible person may become less responsive to the plant oils over time. In the interim, it might be best to stay away from foliage with leaves of three and avoid any shrubbery with a shady attitude.


Neahring: Hazards of poison ivy

Things You Might Not Know About Poison Ivy

poison ivy.jpgJust the other day, a mother told me that her husband took the kids for a hike–through a whole bunch of poison ivy.

“So far, no rashes,” she said. “I keep checking.”

And she does need to keep checking–because the rash can show a week or longer later (usually with a first exposure), something this mom knew but lots of people don’t.

I’ve found that there are lots of other things that people don’t know about poison ivy. Here are a few:

There are different kinds of poison ivy–and it can look different at different times of year

. The adage “leaves of three, let them be” simply won’t keep you away from everything that can give you a poison ivy rash. The plants grow all over the US, so they are hard to avoid. The

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Information Center

has lots of pictures.

You don’t have to touch it to get the rash. The toxin in the leaves, urushiol, escapes whenever the leaves are broken or bruised–and the toxin can get on things, like gloves, garden tools, and clothing. it can even get into the air if the stuff gets mowed or plowed. This is why…

You can get the rash from people or pets. If they have been the toxin on them, when you touch (or pet) them, you can get it too. Just to be clear: you can’t get the rash from someone’s rash–it’s not contagious that way. It’s the toxin from the plant that gives you the rash.

The best thing to do is to wash immediately. Take off any contaminated clothing, and wash with mild soap and water–as soon as you can. That’s the best thing you can do to get at least some of the urushiol off your skin, and make a reaction less likely. Remember to clean under nails, too.

There are various different rashes you can get from poison ivy. You can get bumps, scales, and various sizes of bubbles and blisters. Often they will be in a line or streak, showing where the plant touched the skin. However the rash looks, it’s usually red (although it can have black spots when the toxin stays on the skin and oxidizes)–and usually itches like crazy.

Treating the itch is all you usually need to do. Simple stuff, like oatmeal baths or cool compresses, can make a real difference. Anti-itch preparations that have menthol or phenol, like calamine, can also help–as can Burow’s solution or Domeboro. Interestingly, antihistamines like Benadryl don’t help all that much because of the way urushiol causes itching. Steroid creams may help if used early, but once there are any bubbles or blisters, they don’t help much.

Sometimes you need to take steroids–and if you do, you need to go off them slowly. In severe cases, taking steroids by mouth is needed–but if you do take them for just a few days, like we often prescribe in asthma, the rash can come back. So the recommendation is to lower the dose bit by bit over two or three weeks.

If you’re ever not sure about a rash, your doctor is your best resource. You should also call your doctor if a rash you think is poison ivy is on the face or genitals, is getting worse, gets very swollen or has pus coming out of it–and you should call if there is fever or the person with the rash seems ill.

Hope your summer is poison-ivy-free!

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