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.

Paco Ahlgren


You can buy Paco's novel Discipline wherever books are sold.

39 Comments so far

  1. Morgan on March 20, 2010 2:31 am

    He's serious about not asking him. He won't even tell me. And I buy him tacos…

  2. sjs on March 20, 2010 5:08 am

    i discovered, "what will be, will be" but even if this isn't what you took from writing it, at least it's what i took from reading it

  3. bibi on March 21, 2010 7:00 pm

    experience is everything…

  4. Richard Bobo on March 23, 2010 6:35 pm

    My guess would be MMI (Maverick Money Insiders Forex) Ultimatum.

  5. PacoAhlgren on March 25, 2010 12:10 am

    Good guess, but it's not correct. :-)

  6. Linguini Neenie on March 25, 2010 5:47 am

    Open pen?

  7. PacoAhlgren on March 25, 2010 9:27 pm

    No, but I'd be curious to know how you came up with that…


  8. @pookielucas on April 6, 2010 9:14 pm

    M A L M T I U M T I U M
    For your viewing enjoyment – so happy I could entertain you!!
    (…please hold your applause.)

    When each letter is replaced with what number it is in the alphabet (A = 1, and so on…), you get the following numbers.

    13 1 12 13 20 9 21 13 20 9 21 13

    In the grid below, MALM (13, 1, 12, 13) is on the far left and TIUM TIUM (20, 9, 21, 13, 20, 9, 21, 13) is at the very top. You multiply each number on the far left with each number on the top to get the numbers in the inner part of the grid.

    20 9 21 13 20 9 21 13
    13 260 117 273 169 260 117 273 169
    1 20 9 21 13 20 9 21 13
    12 240 108 252 156 240 108 252 156
    13 260 117 273 13 260 117 273 169

    After that, I subtracted numbers adjacent to one another (For example, 260 – 117). Take note that once a number is subtracted from another, you move on to the next pair of numbers (Once 117 is subtracted from 260, you move on to 273 – 169). The results are below.
    143 104 143 104
    11 8 11 8
    132 96 132 96
    143 104 143 104

    Divide the above numbers by the number at the beginning of each row in the chart above (143 is divided by 13, 20 divided by 1, 240 divided by 12, etc…) The results are below.

    11 8 11 8
    11 8 11 8
    11 8 11 8
    11 8 11 8

    The results above have led me to believe that 11 and 8 are important numbers. When you replace each number with its corresponding alphabet letter, you get KHKH. There are vague references to a Kurvits Khkh, author of a paper entitled “Pharmacology of dimethylaminoethyl ester of diphenylethoxyacetic acid hydrochloride–estocin.” Estocin is an opioid analgesic that is currently an illegal drug in the United State. My theory right now is that Estocin, also known as dimenoxadol, could be the meaning behind “MALM TIUM TIUM.” One point that supports this is that apparently, the book contains several references to psychoactive drugs. However, I would be more confident in my guess if I could find a specific reference to Estocin in the book.

    Anyways, my guess is that Estocin is the answer.

    Part 2 – I tried this little experiment after the first one to see what results I got. It’s basically the same steps, except instead of multiplying the left row by the top, you subtract the left from top.
    M A L M T I U M T I U M

    When each letter is replaced with what number it is in the alphabet (A = 1, and so on…), you get the following numbers.

    13 1 12 13 20 9 21 13 20 9 21 13

    In the grid below, MALM (13, 1, 12, 13) is on the far left and TIUM TIUM (20, 9, 21, 13, 20, 9, 21, 13) is at the very top. You subtract each number on the far left from each number on the top to get the numbers in the inner part of the grid. The numbers on the far right of the grid (= 11, 8) mean that when you add the two sets of adjacent numbers in the row, those are the two numbers you get.

    20 9 21 13
    13 7 -4 8 0 = 11, 8
    1 19 8 20 12 = 11, 8
    12 8 -3 9 1 = 11, 8
    13 7 -4 8 0 = 11, 8

    Then, replace with the letters and you get khkh.

    Please, correct me if I'm wrong, so I can continue on this ridiculous obsession I have right now.

  9. dina on April 15, 2010 3:31 am

    there is no answer.



  10. Alexander Trigaux on May 10, 2010 6:41 pm

    "I see. It's missing a fucking time machine."

  11. Alexander Trigaux on May 12, 2010 1:43 am

    Maybe this life is nothing more than a total mindfuck.

  12. Alexander Trigaux on May 13, 2010 2:52 pm

    My ultimate checkmate.

  13. Alexander Trigaux on May 13, 2010 2:53 pm

    My final checkmate.

  14. D. Price on May 29, 2010 12:06 am

    Lithium, Tritium, Strontium

  15. Daniel on June 3, 2010 1:59 am

    Some terms are amazing…

  16. Aimee on June 7, 2010 12:01 am

    It is what it is.

  17. Daniel on June 8, 2010 12:41 am

    It's all here,it's all now…

  18. d. price on June 14, 2010 12:38 am

    lithium, strontium, tritium
    next guess
    gold, strontium, tritium
    next guess
    gold, tritium, strontium

  19. Hunter on July 19, 2010 6:26 pm

    "Ask and you shall receive"?
    that or
    "Questions Questions Answer"

    that's all i have at the moment. I'll come back with MORE educated guesses

  20. nina4512 on September 28, 2010 12:20 am

    Is it the Creation of Man?

  21. Michael on November 13, 2010 3:11 am

    Does it really mean no comment lol

  22. Michael on November 13, 2010 3:15 am

    'Rest Unto Your Souls' Perhaps?

  23. Michael on November 13, 2010 3:30 am

    I would also add that the words malm tium tium translate to ore strontium strontium in sweedish for the first word and finnish for the latter words

    So potentially something to do with strontium ore or maybe the building blocks of the universe or something to that nature maybe

    But I still fail to see what your meaning of these words are lol and how to work it out lol, will have to read the book closer

  24. Michael on November 13, 2010 3:51 am

    and in all sweedish its Malm tium tium Ore Consortium Consortium lol sooo many possibilities, best give up now before i waste too much time thinking lol

  25. Michael on November 13, 2010 4:00 am

    Ha Ha in welsh it translated me to Palm I came not I came not, sounds kinda dirty lol

    But all in all language wise im getting alot of consortium, ore, metal, strontium, party and thats about it lol so im thinking its a little more complex than that and not that simplistic a solution

  26. D. Price on November 17, 2010 3:04 pm

    Lithium, Protium, Strontium; Next guess: Lithium, Strontium-2;

    Next guess: Gold, Protium, Strontium; Next guess: Gold, Strontium 2

  27. Zaqq on December 7, 2010 5:22 am

    Dude. "5. The complete answer to the problem lies within the pages of Discipline."
    The suggested reading is within the pages of Discipline, is it not?
    Also, could ore be a some metaphor for a question? and the material is the answer? For instance, for every question there are two answers?

  28. D. Price on January 1, 2011 12:17 am

    selenium, strontium, strontium (strotium 2); Next guess: selenium, protium, strontium; next guess: selenium,strontium,protium

  29. Daniel on April 4, 2011 5:41 pm

    You are who you are.

  30. Daniel on April 9, 2011 7:13 pm

    That what you are.

  31. D.Price on April 23, 2011 12:57 am

    Mercury (Hg), Strontium(Sr), Ununoctium(Uuo); Next guess: Iridium(Ir), Strontium(Sr), Unupentium(Uup); Next guess: Gold(Au), Strontium(Sr), Ununseptium(Uus); Next guess: Tungsten(W), Technetium(Tc), Ununseptium(Uus); Next guess: Yttrium(Y), Lutetium(Lu), Darmstadtium(Ds); Next guess: Tungsten(W), Strontium(Sr), Copernicium(Cn)

  32. kyle davis on July 22, 2011 1:15 am

    It means "pay attention"

    your welcome

  33. wojcieh on July 30, 2011 12:44 pm

    Is it possible to find anserw if i have polish book translation?
    Should it be in english?

  34. wojtas on July 30, 2011 12:48 pm

    "nepal turkey rome"

  35. wojtas on July 30, 2011 1:05 pm

    it means nothing at all. Those are just letters.

  36. Paulina on July 30, 2011 11:02 pm

    In my opinion MALM TIUM TIUM means 'THE END'

  37. Rita on July 30, 2011 11:08 pm


  38. Adam Plasun on December 8, 2011 6:24 pm


    Thank you for writing this novel. It's very important to me.

  39. zen master on February 4, 2012 12:53 pm

    He who thinks he is able, is able
    When I let go of what I am, I become what I will be.

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