Thursday, April 06, 2006

Modern Hieroglyphics

Or should that be beeroglyphics?

Maybe this is the wrong place for this, but I'm stumped. Lionshead beer, a cheap but eminently drinkable Pennsylvania pilsner, has puzzles under the bottle cap. Maybe I'm just dense, but I can't solve this one:

I'm hoping that some of our vast and learned readership can help restore this bit of lost knowledge, exercising some of the skills they've acquired in the pursuit of Altertumswissenschaft.

UPDATE: I think the good professor solved the problem (see comment below): Count to 10.

And while I'm grateful, I feel a little like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, whose high hopes were dashed by the crass commercialism of the secret message he'd deciphered with the aid of his long-awaited and hard won Little Orphan Annie decoder ring: "Drink more Ovaltine."

Here the commercialism has been replaced by banality.

No, this will not do. We shall adopt the lectio difficilior, viz. bull ain't whistlin', evidently a colloquialism whose precise meaning is unrecoverable.

That's more like it.


Anonymous said...

Cow-nt Too T-n = "Count to ten"?


Chris Weimer said...

Count Whistle'n? Is it the toot or the whistle that is emphasized?

Anonymous said...

omg me and my friend were searching for the lionshead website that may have the answers, and low and behold I found this blog and how funny it was to see the exact one we were stumped on. haha, thanks BEM

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