For those craving more '80s nostalgia that only Stranger Things (and not, say, something from the actual '80s) can provide, there's now a companion book to the hit Netflix series. Not surprisingly, the book is made to look like a tattered Stephen King hardcover, and was presumably painstakingly aged in a cigarette-smoke-filled restaurant with A-ha cassettes playing on repeat.
The book contains a good deal of supplemental material for the show, including a map of Hawkins and a Morse code guide like the one Eleven uses. While that might seem extraneous, it's actually the key to unlocking a bunch of secret messages hidden throughout the book, and possibly even the events of the third season. Scattered in the text are lines of Morse code which at first glance seem purely decorative, but translate into actual (confusing) sentences.
The first line reads: "The silver cat feeds" -- possibly a future episode title, or a hint that Garfield's nemesis Nermal will battle a Demogorgon in Season 3. But in the smoke-filled parlor that is Reddit, internet sleuths have assembled the passages, discovering that they seem to form a riddle:
the week is long
the silver cat feeds
when blue and yellow meet
in the west
a trip to china sounds nice
if you tread lightly
What does it all mean? Is Barb alive and hiding out in Beijing? Who the hell knows. One Redditor pointed out that the phrase "when blue and yellow meet" could reference this garish '80s clock seen in the Season 3 promo:
Which could indicate that a specific time when the two hands overlap will be of significant importance. Or hell, maybe it's all just an elaborate anagram that tells us when the next season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will be released.
Support your favorite Cracked writers with a visit to our Contribution Page. Please and thank you.
For more, check out 'Fantastic Beasts 2' May Screw Up The Harry Potter Timeline and That Comet Isn't An Alien Probe, Sorry Everybody.
Also, we'd love to know more about you and your interesting lives, dear readers. If you spend your days doing cool stuff, drop us a line at iDoCoolStuff at Cracked dot com, and maybe we can share your story with the entire internet.
Follow us on Facebook. If you like jokes and stuff.
You'll never not notice these now.
We're guessing most of what you know about crime comes from pop culture.
Black and white, good and evil, Batman and not-Batman ...
Historical eras we think of as completely separate mix and overlap in mind-blowing ways.