The spy agency apologises for any offence inadvertently caused by a quiz question and deleted it the moment it became aware of the, um, problem.
When the boffins at Britain’s intelligence agency GCHQ set this week's mind-bending online puzzle for their employees, they anticipated it would have participants wracking their brains trying to solve it. And it did.
What they didn't expect was that it would also result in fits of giggles once they had worked out the answer. Indeed, the red faces of those responsible for the embarrassing blue question forced GCHQ to delete the original post and apologise.
What was the question? Well, as you might expect, it was to crack a code, contained within the sequence: “C, U, T, S, I, U, N”. Suitably obscure and requiring a boffin-sized brain to decipher, the code turned out to be the fourth letter from each planet in the Earth’s solar system: Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune. Work out for yourselves what word that creates, but please don’t complain to OGN Daily.
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Ignoranus: Definitions of words with one letter changed. All definitely fall under the category of Stuff to Make you Smile. The Washington Post asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Nominative Determinism: Now that a man called Keith Weed has been appointed president of the Royal Horticultural Society, we thought it would be amusing to take a look at nominative determinism, i.e. how your name can influence your career. But it shouldn't be confused with an aptronym!