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Morse Code refers to the 93rd blog post from the Toontown Rewritten website titled "Daily Alpha Update: -- --- •-• ••• • | -•-• --- -•• •" that was posted by Sir Max on January 31, 2014 as an ARG.[1] Unlike previous ARGs before said date, this blog post was not posted on the 26th, and did not revolve around any form of Doctor Surlee's shenanigans.

Story

As the blog post title implies, Sir Max speaks in morse code for the very first time, without having any idea of why he was doing so. However, he used morse code at an attempt to avoid Fat McStink's "Improvaganza!". Fat McStink saw what Sir Max said anyway, and invited everyone but Sir Max to his party known as "The Greatest Party in the Tooniverse".

Because Fat McStink did not invite Sir Max to his greatest party, this led Sir Max to end up using some cannons he found to crash the party. Then he fine-tuned the the trajectory on the first cannon, applied a bit of anti-explosive to the second, then shielded himself using a mold of pure titanium. Just as Sir Max was about to hop in that cannon, Fat McStink started praising him for finding his lost party cannons. Fat McStink was so grateful that he allowed VIP access into his party, along with some free fruit from his new game.

Blog post

Encrypted
Posted by Sir Max on January 31, 2014 02:00 PM
Daily Alpha Update: -- --- •-• ••• • | -•-• --- -•• •
--• --- -• • | •• -• - --- | •••• •• -•• •• -• --•
•- •••- --- •• -•• •• -• --• | •• -- •--• •-• --- •••- •- --• •- -• --•• •-
-•• --- | -• --- - | •- •-•• • •-• - | ••-• •- - | -- -•-• ••• - •• -• -•-
-• --- | •• -•• • •- | •-- •••• -•-- | •• •----• -- | ••- ••• •• -• --• | -- --- •-• ••• • | -•-• --- -•• •
-• --- •-• | •••• --- •-- | •• | •-•• • •- •-• -• • -•• | •• -
•- •••- --- •• -•• | •• -- •--• •-• --- •••- •- --• •- -• --•• •- | •- - | •- •-•• •-•• | -•-• --- ••• - •••
- --- --- | -•-• •••• • • ••• -•-- | - --- | - --- •-•• • •-• •- - •
••• • -• -•• | •••• • •-•• •--•
••• •-•-•- -- •-•-•-
Decrypted
Posted by Sir Max on January 31, 2014 02:00 PM
Daily Alpha Update: Morse Code
GONE INTO HIDING
AVOIDING IMPROVAGANZA
DO NOT ALERT FAT MCSTINK
NO IDEA WHY I'M USING MORSE CODE
NOR HOW I LEARNED IT
AVOID IMPROVAGANZA AT ALL COSTS
TOO CHEESY TO TOLERATE
SEND HELP
S.M.

Method of decryption

450px-International Morse Code.svg

The blog post was of course encrypted with international morse code. These "dots" and "dashes" are also called "dits" and "dahs" because of the way they sound. The most common distress signal is SOS or 3 dots, 3 dashes, and 3 dots. It was particularly worked on in MMO Central Forums.[2]

With the automatic Morse Code Translator, you can turn dashes and dots into plaintext. The website also has a trainer to help anyone learn morse code for themselves. The only problem with that is this blog post does not really use dots/periods. However, it can be worked around this by using any text editor (such as Notepad for Windows and Notes for macOS) and replace each "•" with a "."[3]

Open up the desire text editor and pull up "Daily Alpha Update: -- --- •-• ••• • | -•-• --- -•• •". Select the text and copy it to your clipboard (by either right-clicking and selecting "Copy", or using the shortcut (ctrl+C for Windows or cmd+C for macOS). Now head back to said text editor and paste the text from your clipboard (either by right-clicking and selecting "Paste", or using the shortcut ctrl+V for Windows or cmd+V for macOS).

For Notepad, select Edit>Replace (the shortcut is ctrl+H), and then a pop-up window should come up. In the "Find what:" section, plug in "•". In the "Replace with:" section, plug in ".", then click the "Replace All" button to quickly turn all those bullets into dots.

Trivia

  • For an unknown reason, "•" had been changed to "?", resulting in the blog post no longer having proper morse code. This also happened in some cases of release notes.

References

  1. Wiki blog postOfficial blog postMMO Central Forums
  2. MCF decryption
  3. Morse code (Wikipedia) - Morse Code Translator
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