5 hidden messages on the Bitcoin blockchain

It seems like the whole world is obsessed with “crypto” these days, but sometimes it feels like everyone forgot how cryptographic the entire system really is. In a system like Bitcoin or blockchains where coding and encryption play many roles, cryptographically minded people have left all kinds of information in the chain. 

Let’s see  the most popular messages on the bitcoin blockchain.

#1 The Genesis Block

Designed as hard money, Bitcoin competes with fiat money - representing a new type of financial system. To avoid any misunderstanding in this respect, Bitcoin's creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, left this famous sentence on the Genesis block: 

The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.

This was a newspaper article that adorns the cover of the Times issue of 3 January 2009. Since the first Bitcoin block was also mined on January 3, 2009, the news also serves as a kind of time stamp.It also provides information about what type of mind the BTC creator has. After all, the quoted Times article is about further British bank bailouts in the course of the 2008 financial crisis.

#2 The Halving Message

On 12 May 2020 the time had come: The block subsidy, i.e. the largest part of the Miner's compensation was halved for the third time. Instead of 12.5 BTC, miners now receive only 6.25 BTC per mined block.

Although this drastic reduction in the Block Reward may cause headaches for some miners, they do not seem to have lost their sense of humour. Because similar to the Genesis block, there was a message hidden in block 629.999, the last block of the last epoch. With this, F2Pool clearly refers to Bitcoin's creator - and once again points out why BTC exists at all.

NYTimes 09/Apr/2020 With $2.3T Injection, Fed's Plan Far Exceeds 2008 Rescue 

#3 Assange – Were fine

The beauty of the Bitcoin Blockchain is that entries, once confirmed, result in a rock solid piece of human history. The news platform Wikileaks has also taken advantage of this feature in 2017.

After rumors about Julian Assange's death were circulating on the 8Chan image board, Wikileaks was forced to take an unusual action. Via Bitcoin addresses, which demonstrably belong to the organization, Wikileaks published the following news:

were fine 8chan post fake

#4 Merry christmas on the Blockchain

That Bitcoin's blockchain contains true works of art is shown by the project Messages from the Mines. With the help of ASCII codes (American Standard Code for Information Interchange), it is even possible to send images via Bitcoin. Probably the most impressive one was written on the block chain by Bitcoiner H. Classen on December 19, 2014.

#5 Messages from the Mines

Messages from the Mines (MFTM) excavates and archives custom messages that have been permanently embedded in the Bitcoin blockchain. The distributed Bitcoin ledger contains hidden love messages, cryptic poems, ASCII art, signatures, eulogies and more. These messages are a creative misuse of the Bitcoin transaction protocol, a form of digital graffiti; unique cultural artifacts forever embedded in one of the most contemporary digital technologies.Check out the website to see all the hidden gems


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