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Wire Services Will Swallow Anything in a Press Release, Experiment Shows

LONDON, England (GC) — Wire services will swallow anything in a press release, a new experiment shows.

The researchers, Thomas Mitchell, a retired Air Force codebreaker, and his son Stuart, a composer, announced their findings after a press release they had prepared ran as a Reuters story. The news service had made no attempt to check the facts.

“Our research shows that worldwide news organizations are easier to fool than even I had previously suspected,” Thomas Mitchell said.

“Even made-up quotations will be reprinted verbatim,” he added.

For their experiment, the Mitchells created a press release announcing a bogus “discovery” of a secret musical code in Rosslyn Chapel, the 15th-century Scottish church that figures prominently in The Da Vinci Code and other Grail-conspiracy literature.

The press release explained that carvings and decorations in the chapel were actually a secret code that hid a musical composition.

“Years of research led the Mitchells to an ancient musical system called cymatics, or Chladni patterns, which are formed by sound waves at specific pitches,” the press release read, in a paragraph that Reuters picked up word for word.

“It’s not as though we made their work hard for them,” the elder Mitchell told a GC reporter. “For the purposes of the experiment, we deliberately made outlandish misrepresentations that anyone could detect with less than two minutes’ work.”

“Cymatics” was a term invented by Swiss scientist Hans Jenny in 1967 to describe a science of wave patterns, especially the visual representation of sound. He was inspired by the work of Ernst Chladni, who, in 1787, published a method of showing the modes of vibration in a mechanical surface.

Neither Chladni’s nor Jenny’s techniques would have been available in the fifteenth century, when the Rosslyn Chapel decorations were sculpted.

“It’s not like this information is a big secret,” Mitchell said. “I mean, it’s in the Wikipedia, for Pete’s sake.”

In another related experiment, the Mitchells have released a CD recording of the supposed medieval composition, in order to determine whether bogus press releases can lead to profitable CD sales.

“I’d have to say early indications are pretty good,” Stuart Mitchell said in another completely made-up quotation.

6 Responses to “Wire Services Will Swallow Anything in a Press Release, Experiment Shows”

  1. The Grail Code» Blog Archive » More about coded music Says:

    [...] Well, I’ve had my fun with the story about the coded music in Rosslyn Chapel, and now I feel a little bit ashamed of myself. Not a whole lot, but a little bit. [...]

  2. Michael W. Domoretsky Says:

    New da Vinci Conspiracy Theory Surfaces, Michael W. Domoretsky’s Discovery of,” The Perpendicular Reverse Mirror Image” Seems To Have Weight, Very Much Weight!

    Leonardo da Vinci’s, pictures Within Pictures, Discovered by Michael W. Domoretsky 2005~2007
    Leonardo da Vinci “Pictures Within Pictures ” Outside the box, outside the frame. Researched, discovered and documented in 2005, the perpendicular reverse mirror image process and the optical illusion, both invented and applied to Leonardo’s masterpieces, discovered by Michael W. Domoresty of Boston, Massachusetts, five hundred years after Leonardo da Vinci’s lifetime.

    The da Vinci project has been under way since 2005 with hundreds of Pictures within Pictures. We are in the process of building a comprehensive documentary presenting these extraordinary findings.
    Leonardo da Vinci, Pictures Within Pictures, outside the box, outside the frame.
    An intimate and divine truth hidden for centuries at last unveiled in the Mona Lisa, and yes, in other of Leonardo’s works including his first recorded drawing, the Landscape of the Arno Valley and his masterpiece, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the infant St. John the Baptist, “the Last Supper” and others as well.
    Anew never before recognized perspective hidden for five hundred years in plain sight, Emerges! Leonardo’s message,’ Pictures Within Pictures’ outside the box, outside the frame
    Five hundred years after Leonardo’s lifetime, his genius and message come to light in mirrors and optical illusions. His” secret code ” has been hidden in plain sight to be deciphered outside the original borders of the painting using a ” perpendicular reverse mirror image process” Leonardo, (actually Lionardo) was a man of formidable intellect, talent, craft and most importantly a man of curiosity who observed “truth” in the world in all its forms, Physical, Philosophical, and Religious. He was hundreds of years ahead of his time, constrained by the religious tenets and politics of his day. As a result he was unable to express reality, as he perceived it, and so devised a means by which to conceal his truths from all those whom he did not want to understand them for fear of persecution. Being a man of science and art as well as one of the most inventive men of all time, he appears to have imbued his art with multiple levels of meaning; at one level beautiful works of art. On a second and un-deciphered level, until Michael Domoretsky discovered the images it in 2005, appears to challenge the dogma of his day and pass on his beliefs, observations and truths using a process that only one who perceived the world outside the accepted realm, a scientist or mathematician might discover.
    The more in-dept and familiar one becomes with Leonardo the man, the more these unique finds make sense.
    Unlike other artist that are painters first, painting what they see or the impression of what they see, Leonardo appears to have been a scientist and inventor first, then artist, using his sharp powers of observation and reason to create both timeless works of art and as yet not fully deciphered messages for those not limited by traditional thinking.
    The more carefully his words, deeds, apparent opinions and interest are studied the more credence can be given to his seeking to preserve his thoughts and observations by unorthodox means.
    Leonardo left clues… He was credited with having said; the eye,” Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe.” Leonardo believed that the perception by the eye; light, dark, shadow, and perspective held the secrets of the world. Hence, when you include Leonardo’s life long fascination with mirrors and writing backward it appears likely that he would choose to use constructs and concepts familiar and unique to him to transmit and yet hide from a restrictive and turbulent society, his most treasured messages.
    For hundreds of years scholars have continued to study Leonardo’s priceless works of art using the most cutting edge technologies available. In recent times millions of dollars have been allocated to perform all types of scientific studies seeking to determine if Leonardo hid anything underneath his finished works…all within the frame of his artworks. The plain and obvious truth is that he did hide things, however Leonardo was forced to work within the limitations and utilized the technologies of his day. His meanings are in plain sight but only for those able to think outside the box and frame. All of the writings and documents relating to Leonardo, point to his being deliberate and patient in everything he did, both in his creations and his art; so it would appear all but inconceivable that in his major and personally treasured works, that every detail would have been a deliberate act of thought, and not an inadvertent inclusion. A minor anomaly in a masterpiece might happen, though unlikely in multiple of masterpieces by such a perfectionist. Clearly recognizable, perfectly formed symmetrical symbols on both sides of his best masterpieces, utilizing mirrors, a technique Leonardo was well know to have used, make it being anything but intentional, all but impossibly be the judge.
    We welcome comments by all interested parties and will post appropriate comments.
    All rights reserved, no unauthorized copying or republishing without express written permission by owner. Copyright Michael W. Domoretsky. / 2005~2007~
    DaVinci and the Secret of the Mona Lisa, article by: ThothWeb,–0-0.html Mirror image,
    The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the infant St. John, mirror image,

  3. Maureen Says:

    Gloucester: Michael Domoretsky, left, of Ipswich and Graham Noll of Groveland from the da Vinci Project research Group put on a public showing of “Hidden Secrets in Leonardo da Vinci’s Artworks” at Gloucester’s Masonic Hall Tuesday night. Wednesday, January 09, 2008
    Mary Muckenhoupt / Mary Muckenhoupt/Gloucester Daily Times

    Gloucester, Mass.: Michael Domoretsky and Graham Noll gave a presentation on their findings of hidden images in the work of Leonardo da Vinci at their first public presentation of their work with Domoretsky’s The da Vinci Project Research Group. Here Domoretsky explained how perpendicular mirror imaging, which he read from Da Vinci’s own notes, revealed various symbols when put together.
    Handout / Gloucester Daily Times


    Published January 09, 2008 11:01 pm

    Cracking the real da Vinci code: Hidden in plain sight

    By Gail McCarthy

    GLOUCESTER, Mass. —

    Michael Domoretsky has spent the past four years studying the works of Leonardo da Vinci to uncover the secrets of the original Renaissance man.

    Now he’s sharing those secrets with the world.

    What Domoretsky has found, he says, is a “legacy of hidden messages” carefully concealed in some of the world’s most famous paintings and decipherable only to those who know how to read them.

    Domoretsky, an Ipswich resident, gave his first public presentation on his research before a roomful of North Shore Masons at their lodge on Eastern Avenue in Gloucester on Tuesday night.

    The venue was appropriate because Domoretsky believes the 15th century artist was a Mason who incorporated Masonic symbols, like the compass and square, into his works.

    “The best place to hide something is in plain sight,” said Domoretsky, who is a Mason himself and works with stone as a self-employed installer of marble and granite countertops.

    Domoretsky has had a lifelong interest in da Vinci. But his obsession with the master’s secrets was kindled when he came across an image of the “Mona Lisa” on a Web site about the movie “The Da Vinci Code.”

    He’s quick to add, however, that he didn’t see the movie until long after he began his research, has never read the book and his work has no connection to the ideas presented by “Code” author Dan Brown.

    Domoretsky said da Vinci was a master of optical illusion who created pictures within pictures within pictures — many of them designed to be visible only with the use of mirrors.

    In the darkened hall, Domoretsky projected images of two paintings, “Mona Lisa” and “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the Infant Saint John the Baptist,” as they appear when mirrors are positioned to the right and left of the original artwork.

    The resulting twinned images reveal hidden faces and objects and forms that include several chalices and what Domoretsky sees as a high priest of the Knights Templar, a Templar shield and cross and a sarcophagus.

    The Knights Templar came into existence after the First Crusade of 1096 to protect European pilgrims en route to sacred sites in Jerusalem. The order was suppressed about 200 years later but, some believe, went underground and survived as a secret society.

    Domoretsky believes da Vinci was “heavily involved in Freemasonry and the Knights Templar.”

    Graham Noll of Groveland, who is part of Domoretsky’s da Vinci Project Research Group and assisted at Tuesday’s presentation, said the messages that the artist embedded in his work were intended for other initiates of the secret societies in which da Vinci was involved.

    “The membership of craft and professional associations were given knowledge and ritual to protect, and da Vinci was obliged to pass on the information,” Noll said.

    Domoretsky said to his knowledge, he is the first to use the mirror imaging to study Da Vinci’s work.

    Scholars are skeptical of his findings — one critic, for example, questions why da Vinci would conceal the word “Mary” in the folds of the Mona Lisa’s clothing when the Italian for Mary is “Maria.”

    “Anyone who claims to find something new is dismissed by the experts,” Domoretsky said. “We are misrepresented because some people don’t like what we say.”

    Domoretsky remains undaunted and continues his research to decode da Vinci’s secrets and the meaning of messages he encrypted in his paintings. He plans to hit the road with the show he presented in Gloucester.

    Domoretsky, who also plans a book, has previously detailed some of his findings on his Web site, (He believes the artist’s real first name was Lionardo, not Leonardo.)

    Dana Andrus, master of the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Masonic Lodge in Gloucester, said Masons he talked with after the presentation were intrigued by Domoretsky’s work.

    “I think he is somewhat of a visionary,” Andrus said. “He used da Vinci’s own insight to look at the paintings. That’s someone who has taken a great deal of time and thought, and not listened to the conventional wisdom, and come up with a new idea on how to approach something.”

    Gail McCarthy writes for the Gloucester Daily Times of Gloucester, Mass. E-mail her at

  4. Maureen Says:

    From a probability professor: Jan. 1/08
    TO: The da Vinci Project Research Group

    We searched a minimum of over 5000 paintings of the period and were unable to locate any use of the Perpendicular Mirror Process outside Leonardo da Vinci’s works.
    We have identified a minimum of 20 images within the “Virgin and child with St. Anne and the infant St. John” that are readily accepted by almost 100% of the people who view those specific discoveries.
    We asked a probability expert form a proper hypothesis and to do a calculation relative to the probability of the discoveries being random or coincidental based on these facts.

    His answer is:
    We’ll assume that the chances of a random event occurring in a painting of that era are less than 1 in 5000 since you couldn’t find any in that many trials(i.e. looks at paintings).
    Now suppose you find, say 20, such events (i.e. images) in one painting.
    The odds of this occurring independently by chance are less than (1/5000) ^20=10^ (-74) =1 divided by 10 raised to the power of 74 which is essentially 0.
    Thus it’s virtually impossible to find 20 images by coincidence.

  5. The Grail Code» Blog Archive » Chalices everywhere! Says:

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