Courtney Shipley, presenter of "No comprende! It's a riddle: The mysterious sounds of numbers stations"
Lots of laptops at Nerd Nite. Becky Harpstrite checks the tech side of presentations
Chad 'PoFo' O'Bryhim, presenter of "The Not-So-Secret Society of the Hash House Harriers" with Wonder Fair's Meredith Moore
Even school board members go to Nerd Nite
Paige with a friend
KPR interviews Jon Kaleugher II
Discussing what pose to have their picture taken in
Librians checking out self help and other books
Travis Weller scheming his next Nerd Nite event
Cutest couple award
Andreas heard short wave radio number codes as a child in Germany
Meredith from Wonder Fair started the night with a brief presentation about secret societies and the original 18th century Illuminati of Bavaria.
Aubrey, an archivist at the Dole Institute, shocked us with the news that Bob Dole is still alive. She presented documents about growing concern for cults in the 1970's. Materials were written and collected about the impact of groups such as the Ministry of Reverend Sun Myung Moon who ran covert businesses to support its opperation such as The Rocky Mountain Elf Works(?!)
Samples from Courtney's numbers stations were eerie. Started during World War I and used for cold war spy activity, these codes were ( and may still be) a source of communication and instructions. Some aired consistently for years. Long phrases of numbers sometimes started with music. The simple kit for this secret spy activity is a short wave radio and a one time non-reusable pad.
Beer wins over notes for the last presentation on the secret society of the Hash House Harriers. As if anyone in Lawrence needed another excuse to drink a PBR, The Harriers is an international running and drinking club started at the turn of the 1900's. "If you have the right pair of socks and a funny name, you can be a part of this secret society."