Printed on the last page of my book Discipline are the words MALM TIUM TIUM, and I have gotten innumerable inquiries regarding its meaning. So many, in fact, that I’m tired of answering questions, so I’m going to give U.S. $10,000 to anyone who can figure it out. Here are the rules:
1. Unless there’s some glaring flaw in these rules I’m overlooking, I’m not giving any clues after tonight. If you ask, you’ll most likely get silence.
2. There are two other people (besides me) in the universe who know what it means. If you get it right, and you post it a public forum that I will see, they will see it too, and they will hold me to my word. When I say “public forum that I will see,” I assume you understand that means one of my sites. That would be the safest, and most obvious place to post.
3. You are free to ask about it anywhere. You can ask anyone (except me). You can ask physics professors, mathematicians, linguists, historians… anyone. Pay attention to what I just said.
4. If you come up with an answer that could be correct but isn’t, you don’t win. For instance, if you figure out that MALM TIUM TIUM means “I love Jesus” by using some algorithm transforming alphabet characters from Aramaic to English, that’s great. You won’t get $10,000 for your discovery (as elegant as it may seem). Because that’s not the answer. In other words, if you try to force the answer from some archaic, esoteric, or otherwise painfully academic resource, I won’t even consider taking you seriously. There is only one answer. It’s elegant, beautiful, and frighteningly obvious.
5. The complete answer to the problem lies within the pages of Discipline.
6. If you don’t believe I’ll reward you if you are successful, then don’t try to discover the answer. I can’t be responsible for your lack of faith and trust, and I certainly can’t be responsible for your labor. It’s a puzzle. You work on it at your own peril.
I think that’s it. If any other important (and reasonable) issues need to be addressed, I’ll respond to them as they arise. Good luck.
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