The Crazy Story Of How A Simple Typo Helped To End WWII.
All hope was not lost, however, since Tandy was used to dealing with soggy material in his career.
After spending a lot of time at the top-secret base doing practically nothing useful, Tandy was finally able to make a difference. Tandy wasn't a code cracker in the least, but he was able to restore the damaged papers to their original condition.
Kallymenia perforata, a type of marine algae, collected by Tandy, had prepared him for this situation.
Tandy's experience with marine algae provided him with the insight he needed to save the data that was in the wet documents that were salvaged from the German U-boat. After that, it was up to a real code cracker to finish the job.
Fortunately, a real cryptogrammist was brought in to decipher the codes and his name was Alan Turing.
Unlike Tandy, Turing was not an expert in algae, but he was a whiz at code-cracking. With the documents restored, Turing was able to crack the code that helped put an end to WWII, but he couldn't have done it without the help of that algae scientist who goofed up on his résumé!
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