Cracking the Uncrackable Code

  • Published on Jul 8, 2019
  • Jim Sanborn created a sculpture containing a secret message. It sits on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Yet no one has been able to solve it. Code breakers from around the world have tried for 30 years. They’re stumped. The artist meets with people like cryptologist Elonka Dunin who are desperate to solve the mystery at his Maryland studio every year or so. But Sanborn won’t divulge any clues. It’s too much fun keeping everyone guessing.
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Comments • 6 546

  • Great Big Story
    Great Big Story  2 months ago +884

    So you want to be a code breaker? Here's how:

  • Tazinyu
    Tazinyu Hour ago

    4CHAN Users: aRe yOu challEnGinG mE?!

  • Zamlan Sanoon
    Zamlan Sanoon 4 hours ago

    Secret to grave 😂😂😂

  • meme boi
    meme boi 22 hours ago

    Then when she finally answered it for a *LONG TIME* I bet it says Ok Boomer

  • Reuben Ler
    Reuben Ler Day ago

    This guy is just a washed up designer who still wants attention

  • David Contreras
    David Contreras Day ago

    What if the sun’s placement at certain times of the year is a clue

  • Wolf Clan gaming

    American dad

  • SWAM Kraken
    SWAM Kraken Day ago

    I know what it says

  • Agyad Yahya
    Agyad Yahya Day ago

    Imagine wasting 30 decades of ur life to know what a bunch of letters say.....

  • pippa _
    pippa _ 2 days ago

    jim’s little smile when he’s introduced is what makes me believe he’s actually a chaotic god who bluffed the last code.

  • Devid Loner
    Devid Loner 2 days ago

    Free sushi every years

  • Its Just Joel
    Its Just Joel 2 days ago

    What if it’s just a bunch of random letters?

  • Spectacular Me
    Spectacular Me 2 days ago

    Nani?? *Nani*

  • Sike_Its_Mike
    Sike_Its_Mike 2 days ago +1

    Plot twist: it’s just a prank and it doesn’t say anything

  • Electricos -_-
    Electricos -_- 2 days ago

    3:33 ma man look at that frame like look at all this free food these fools have given me

  • Micheal Jean vlogs.
    Micheal Jean vlogs. 3 days ago

    Make words out of the letters, than combine them and see what makes sense, you are thinking way advanced. Think not like a genius but simple and maybe you will find your answer, it’s not rocket science people.

  • Xero Xyn
    Xero Xyn 3 days ago


  • Donavyn 74
    Donavyn 74 3 days ago

    In the sculpture it said Kryptos over and over

  • Theunopenchest Gaming
    Theunopenchest Gaming 3 days ago +1

    Have the tried Enigma?

  • Sniper_Taco
    Sniper_Taco 3 days ago

    Diagonal or horizontal or vertical?

  • Gumamuta 2
    Gumamuta 2 4 days ago

    Plot twist:it's a crossword puzzle

  • My imagination did this. To me

    I can’t believe it!

  • Hornet isn’t void
    Hornet isn’t void 4 days ago

    *turns out that it was just backwards*

  • Beasty
    Beasty 4 days ago +1

    5:49 *how is that globe spinning*

  • Beasty
    Beasty 4 days ago +1

    *its just random letters*

  • roze
    roze 5 days ago

    So therese a code 1 2 3 those are cracked and then theres 4 what ir fors lets say zzgjskjg code letters ment the letter is 1 2 or 3 lets say the z is from 3 witch means lets say A and g from 2 is B mby? Idk

  • Sam Goal
    Sam Goal 5 days ago

    Dont think she will make it

  • Max Inpains
    Max Inpains 5 days ago +1

    Its says 9-11was a inside job and Epstein didnt kill himself , Trump is a Russian's puppet . 😂🤣

    • Max Inpains
      Max Inpains 5 days ago

      @Ionut DU Yeah ? She is in a grave tho . 😂🤣

    • Ionut DU
      Ionut DU 5 days ago

      Your mother is a Russian puppet.

  • Green Danial Animates

    All i see they are just eating sushi and sashimi

  • MrFruffing
    MrFruffing 5 days ago

    maybe the letters laid u make a topographical map which could spell something out?

  • Fatima Araujo
    Fatima Araujo 5 days ago

    What if the code was deez nuts

  • the Godfather _
    the Godfather _ 5 days ago

    Is it written backwords

  • the Godfather _
    the Godfather _ 5 days ago

    Use the theory that cracked the first set and apply it


    Damn you clickbait!

  • Susie Gacha gamer
    Susie Gacha gamer 5 days ago

    How can u crack a uncrackable code

  • derek frost
    derek frost 5 days ago

    How do you crack an uncrackable code?

  • lIzfOrwIfE_yT
    lIzfOrwIfE_yT 6 days ago

    imagine it being just yo hi hello wassup

  • Ghost in The Cosmos
    Ghost in The Cosmos 6 days ago

    What if it’s in Latin. Or maybe in another language?

  • Daniel Wang
    Daniel Wang 6 days ago

    Bruh I thought this would be like some sort of ancient Mayan sculpture that tells us of aliens or smth

  • HB39 ooo
    HB39 ooo 6 days ago +2

    Imagine it says “HEHEHE”

  • the_lauriss Lauris
    the_lauriss Lauris 6 days ago +2

    When sun shines in the code take a picture then use miror and use kryptos

  • Boaz Mckoy
    Boaz Mckoy 6 days ago

    ME SEES TITLE.......
    Life is a lie

  • Ok.
    Ok. 6 days ago

    Imagine him saying that there is no code

  • Gamer 101
    Gamer 101 7 days ago

    When that one kid solves the problem puzzle in class but don't tell anyone the answers

  • Saima Rashid
    Saima Rashid 7 days ago

    Have you tried to rearrange the letters like for example when letter A is shown it actually means letter Z

    • DigitalRanger the 342nd
      DigitalRanger the 342nd 3 days ago

      That is literally transposition cipher
      That cipher is too typical so I dont think so

  • aiden hoyle
    aiden hoyle 7 days ago

    He prolly just said fuck it and just put the letters in a totally random order

  • Poqto Xx
    Poqto Xx 7 days ago

    I bet it just says another code and a whole new story happeneds

  • Paul Ubongen
    Paul Ubongen 7 days ago

    I can do that too, i do it all the time in my computer

  • - A13X -
    - A13X - 7 days ago

    That sculpture definitely wasn't cut by jigsaws or by hand.

  • imxnse
    imxnse 7 days ago

    So Jim Sanborn said sum: *kdveodvsoapwkegoxbxvsuwia*

  • Night Fury
    Night Fury 7 days ago

    Make sure you ask the answer before he dies.

  • Dragon Gamerz
    Dragon Gamerz 7 days ago +10

    Nobody'll see this comment, but I cracked it already.

    It has Obama's last name.

  • Read My Description
    Read My Description 7 days ago

    200 iq plays

  • ProtonGaming
    ProtonGaming 7 days ago

    Maybe it has something to do with the curve in it and if you look at it a specific way it shows the answer.

  • Micheal Rodriguez
    Micheal Rodriguez 7 days ago

    man i’m puzzled

  • Azar Tsay
    Azar Tsay 7 days ago +1

    Plot twist : the last paragraph is just random letters

  • Viktor
    Viktor 7 days ago +1

    What is the 4th answer is that there is no answer. It's like a message. Not everything has an answer.

  • 賢有陸
    賢有陸 7 days ago

    Wonder if Alan Turing would guess it if he was still alive.

  • • p a n c a k e   g a c h a s •

    Bruh just say you’ll delete his Minecraft account trust me

  • dumballl Playz
    dumballl Playz 8 days ago

    If it’s unsolvable how did she solve it it’s not unsolvable if she solved it