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MD1500
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Frog Fractions 2 Kickstarter ARG
Seems to contain interesting ARG like elements

This is a kickstarter for the sequel to the brilliant-but insane browser game Frog Fractions, however, the kickstarter pitch page itself seems to contain lots of ARG-like elements.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/475057068/frog-fractions-2

Look at the pitch video, which quickly gets interrupted by a message from the future, stressing the importance of "0451".

On the blackboard just before the video ends, there is a URL which looks like http://twinbeard.com/eolo5387.html

That page leads to http://twinbread.com/ which seems to have something odd in the source code.

Very weird.

Disclaimer: I am not related to the game kickstarter in any way, just interested in the weird links.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:43 pm
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BubbleBoy
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http://twinbeard.com/eolo5387.html leads to http://twinbread.com/eolo5387.html

Front of http://www.twinbread.com leads to http://www.twinbread.com/kernal.png

That's all I got right now. Smile

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catherwood
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Look down the list of recipes -- this is MUCH easier to do by viewing the source code (the links are spelled recipie##) -- and project further:
http://twinbread.com/recipie13.html = not listed, but it has content
http://twinbread.com/recipie36.html = not listed, but it has content
and there are a few specialty recipe pages, but nothing helpful (yet)

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MD1500
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Probably nothing but the Netscape Navigator link on the bottom of each page leads to http://twinbread.com/butts.html

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moguls
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http://twinbread.com/recipie36.html is all the prime numbers between 1 and 20000

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aklreaxmer
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Haven't been on uF in a while, and I'm still fairly new to ARGs, but this definitely warranted my attention, as I loved Frog Fractions. Sorry for the lengthy post, but there is a lot of information. Here is what I have found:

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The source of the original URL (twinbeard.com/eolo5387.html) leads to http://twinbread.com/_images/bread.gif. Remove 'bread.gif' to see a list of images. There is a higher quality version of the background image of the site in bread2.jpg revealing "wiseGEEK" in the corner. Probably just a watermark as I also found the image on wisegeek.com, but it is suspicious that there are three versions of the same image.

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The cryptic comment in the twinbread.com source code is code in a programming language called "brainfuck". Here is the output (the ASCII art at the top says "twinbread" but got jumbled in the copy-paste process):
Quote:

__ .__ ___. .___
_/ |___ _ _|__| ____\_ |_________ ____ _____ __| _/
\ __\ \/ \/ / |/ \| __ \_ __ \_/ __ \__ \ / __ |
| | \ /| | | \ \_\ \ | \/\ ___/ / __ \_/ /_/ |
|__| \/\_/ |__|___| /___ /__| \___ >____ /\____ |
\/ \/ \/ \/ \/

>> ONYX BF 1.9.7 May 26 1997 10:46:16 $$
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
>> MOTD 2011-12-02 $$
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
>> IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT $$
>> SOME USERS ARE ATTEMPTING TO USE $$
>> ONYX BF WITH A WEB-BASED INTERPRE- $$
>> TER LOCATED AT BRAINFUCK.TK. LET $$
>> IT BE KNOWN THAT THIS PARTICULAR $$
>> INTERPRETER HAS SEVERAL KNOWN $$
>> ISSUES RUNNING THE ONYX BF CODE- $$
>> BASE AND IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED. $$
>> THANK YOU. -MGMT $$
￾→↓↓■￾→↓↓■￾


Not sure what to make of this...may want to take note of date and time at top?
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At http://twinbread.com/eolo5387.html if you view the source code, you can see the characters making up the image. I removed all non Brainfuck characters ( '@', '/', etc.) and was left with this:
Quote:
[-][-]+++++++++++[+++++++++++-]--.+++++[------]+++.++++[++++-]+++.++++[-----]-.++[++-]+.++++++[-------]-----.+++++++[+++++++-]++++++.++++++++[---------]+++++++.+++++[+++++-]+++.++++++[++++++-]---.++++++[-------].++[---]--.++++++[-------]+.++++++++[++++++++-]------.+++++[------]++++.++++[++++-]++++.++++[-----]----.++.++[++-]+.


however, running this through the interpreter produced nothing but an infinite run time. Mad I think there is something to be found here though, so I will continue to look into that. (The 'note' in the earlier code said the brainfuck.tk interpreter was not to be trusted/ has issues, but I also tried several others with the same result).

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The video said something about the hit counter's last four digits reading 0451. Page source leads to this page for their hit counter. Changing the last 4 digits seemingly does nothing but change the encrypted php a bit.

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twinbread.com/twinbread/about.html leads to a phone number: 469-232-7374. Calling this number plays a voice. Here is a (rough) transcript:

Quote:
meh ma ma ma me me ma ma ma ma ma mer me meh mer me meh mer me meh meh meh


REV date on vCard is 20130406T150000Z ( 4/6/2013 15:00 GMT/UTC)


twinbread.com/kernal.png shows a picture of a man, Wikipedia says:
Quote:

The KERNAL[1] is Commodore's name for the ROM-resident operating system core in its 8-bit home computers


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http://twinbread.com/recipie13.html

contains excerpt from this

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http://twinbread.com/recipie36.html

This is a list of prime numbers which is missing many of the correct primes. I ran a diff check in Eclipse on this list versus a list of real primes. Here is the partial list of primes not in the altered list(I got lazy typing them all out):
Quote:

7 23 313 349 701 739 1117 1163 1571 1607 2053 2087 2539 2591 2593 3011 3061 3079 3529 3557 3581 4013 4049 4073 4337 4523 4567 4591 4831 4877 5051 5087 5101 5393 5413 5471 5477 5581 5641 5651 5867 5897 5903 5923 5927 5939 5953 5981 6121 6151 6173 6367 6373 6379 6389 6397 6421 6427 6449 6661 6691 6703 6907 6911 6917 6961 6983 7207 7537 7559 7639 7643 7649 7669 7673 7727 7927 8029 8087 8111 8191 8209 8219

No idea how to go about decoding these; no luck with ASCII, the values are above that of the ASCII table.

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http://twinbread.com/makebread.html
contains this:

Quote:

TYPE 101675 ON KEYPAD
PUT FLOUR IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT SALT IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT MILK IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT WATER IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT BUTTER IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT HONEY IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT YEAST IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT GLUTEN IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT MALT IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT SUGAR IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT EGG IN BREAD MACHINE
PUT CORN IN BREAD MACHINE
PRESS START
FORE
FORE
GO TO SLEEP


Seemed in the style of the text adventure in Frog Fractions 1...so I tried these commands in Frog Fractions 1...and it worked! After playing the game in the original way then issuing these commands, the console displayed this:
Quote:
"You wake to the smell of freshly baked bread. A wispy human figure in a bathrobe and crown walks in, carrying a loaf of sliced bread. "It's ready!" she says. Then she gets a good look at you. "Oh dear. No time for bread; you have to do something about that beard before your meeting starts!" She pushes you into the bathroom


I was then brought to this site: http://abeardforevervoyaging.com/leadership.html

A shaving simulator on Barack Obama...I haven't been able to beat it...maybe someone else can.
Removing "/leadership.html" (http://abeardforevervoyaging.com) has a picture of Justin Beiber with a beard. The source code has the following comment:

Quote:
<!-- <img src="MAKE BREAD"> -->



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Well, that's about it...hope someone can make something from all this.

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catherwood
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moguls wrote:
http://twinbread.com/recipie36.html is all the prime numbers between 1 and 20000

actually, no it is not.
For starters, it is missing 7 and 23 and 313 and ... many more. I'm working on a list, but it seems seventy-five numbers are not listed.
(whoops! posted without reading the lengthy post above, sorry!)

but while i'm here, I'll mention that http://abeardforevervoyaging.com and twinbread.com AND twinBEARD.com are all hosted on the same IP address.

oh, and i'll attach a list of the missing primes, rather than pasting -- there are 263 numbers on it.
missing-primes.txt
Description  missing prime numbers in our hidden page
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Feep
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I got a nearly perfect shaved Barack Obama and I got this in the twitter comments as a result:

Kenneth Salazar @Salza . @OBeardy. If you want to see PUBLIC_FIGURE alive again, bring the money to 37.871764,-122.265303 at 2014-04-05, 3PM local time.

Those coordinates are on the campus of Berkeley.

Who's up for a trip on the 5th? = D

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MD1500
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Feep wrote:
I got a nearly perfect shaved Barack Obama and I got this in the twitter comments as a result:

Kenneth Salazar @Salza . @OBeardy. If you want to see PUBLIC_FIGURE alive again, bring the money to 37.871764,-122.265303 at 2014-04-05, 3PM local time.

Those coordinates are on the campus of Berkeley.

Who's up for a trip on the 5th? = D


Wow! Hope someone can go to it.

@Obeardy and @Salza are also proper twitter accounts, but they seem unrelated....

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MD1500
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Sorry for the double post, but there's a higher quality version of the pitch video in 720p on YouTube. The higher resolution might reveal some more clues. There's a lot of text on that blackboard in the last few seconds of the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P48lSsS6h2M&feature=youtu.be

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mechtroid
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aklreaxmer wrote:
[-][-]+++++++++++[+++++++++++-]--.+++++[------]+++.++++[++++-]+++.++++[-----]-.++[++-]+.++++++[-------]-----.+++++++[+++++++-]++++++.++++++++[---------]+++++++.+++++[+++++-]+++.++++++[++++++-]---.++++++[-------].++[---]--.++++++[-------]+.++++++++[++++++++-]------.+++++[------]++++.++++[++++-]++++.++++[-----]----.++.++[++-]+.

however, running this through the interpreter produced nothing but an infinite run time. Mad I think there is something to be found here though, so I will continue to look into that. (The 'note' in the earlier code said the brainfuck.tk interpreter was not to be trusted/ has issues, but I also tried several others with the same result).

Well, that's about it...hope someone can make something from all this.

Ah, you needed to replace &lt and &gt with <and>, respectively. (Yes, I used to program in brainfuck) That gives you
Quote:
>[-]<>+++++++++++[<+++++++++++>-]<--.>+++++[<----->-]<+++.>++++[<++++>-]<+++.>++++[<---->-]<-.>++[<++>-]<+.>++++++[<------>-]<-----.>+++++++[<+++++++>-]<++++++.>++++++++[<-------->-]<+++++++.>+++++[<+++++>-]<+++.>++++++[<++++++>-]<---.>++++++[<------>-]<.>++[<-->-]<--.>++++++[<------>-]<+.>++++++++[<++++++++>-]<------.>+++++[<----->-]<++++.>++++[<++++>-]<++++.>++++[<---->-]<----.++.>++[<++>-]<+.


Which outputs "watch?v=YzVP-gRfRTY", linking to the youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzVP-gRfRTY (Sound warning) Perhaps the audio needs to be ran through wave form analysis? Either way, I hope someone can continue with this.


Small note of pride: According to youtube analytics, I'm the first person to have watched this video since the frog fractions 2 kickstarter. I've never been part of an ARG before! Very Happy

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bozu
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The C64 had a tape deck as a storage device. I wonder if the audio stream could be dumped to tape and then loaded onto the system.

My machine is in my parents' attic, which is nowhere near here. anyone have access to one? The alternative would be some pretty serious emulator hackery -- though maybe that's already been done in the emulator world?

edit: I just made a post over on Lemon64. Maybe someone will be able to help out.

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Foreverodd
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You are completely correct. You can read text data from a C64 "Datasette" as they are known. Here is a video showing the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu_qgwik4Dk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I would make a non-significant bet that the sound in the Kernal of Truth youtube video is text data that is another clue.


______________________________________________________________

I also tried to search the "missing primes" sequence on https://oeis.org/, but had no luck.


My latest topic of interest has been the websites that twinbread.com links to.

Of particular interest are http://www.thefreshloaf.com/ and http://www.farmgirlfare.com

One weird thing about these websites are that they were created one day apart from eachother, Jan. 12th and 13th of 2005...

I can't be the only one who thinks that is weird, right?

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MD1500
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So I've been researching C64 emulators, (something I've previously had no clue about,) and it seems this program might be helpful.

http://wav-prg.sourceforge.net/index.html

It seems to be a way to convert the data sounds into a file C64 emulators can then run.

Update: I tried but the program doesn't seem to work on the audio file. It might be something I'm missing, or I'm on the wrong track. Anyway, if anyone wants it, here's the extracted audio file.
kernaloftruth-extractedaudio.wav
Description  Extracted C64 audio from the YT video.
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Ok I played with that audio a little. With some eq and speeding up I get the message "sure takin its sweet time" at about 0:49. It looks like there are more messages. I'll keep digging.
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