This week's link is a testament the power of crowdsourcing on the Internet. Nearly twenty years ago, an elderly woman who had been rendered non-communicative by a fast-moving cancer scribbled out patterns of letters onto dozens of note cards. Her granddaughters believed that their grandmother had left them a code, and though they attempted to decode the seemingly random patterns of letters for months, the girls were unable to find a solution. One of these granddaughters recently posted images of the cards on the website Ask Metafilter, and within a few minutes, site users had partially cracked the code. Read more here.
Consider the application of this fascinating story to past SAT prompts such as:
- Has today's abundance of information only made it more difficult to understand the world around us?
- Is the most important purpose of technology different from what it was in the past?
- Have modern advancements truly improved the quality of people's lives?
Good luck to those of you taking the SAT today! Check back here next week for a new link.