Samuel Morse

Just off the East 72nd Street entrance (also known as Inventor’s Gate) is the magnificent statue of Samuel Morse, famed inventor of the telegraph machine.

Morse also created the method of transmitting words and messages on the telegraph system. This clever series of dots and dashes became known as Morse Code, which is still in use today.

Morse became fascinated with code making, and created several other codes before his death in 1872.

These codes are:

The Code of the West – A list of guidelines involving horse etiquette, the multiple meanings of the word “howdy,” and the best time of day to shoot someone.

The Code of Silence – Created to avoid lengthy conversations with his second wife Sarah and her problems with the household staff.

Bar Code  – Not related to the system of product classification we are familiar with today. Sam really liked hanging out in bars.

The Code of the Desert – Same as the Code of the West, only with Camels.

Unnamed Code – Discovered in a notebook after Morse’s death, this 10 digit code remained a mystery for over a century until it was revealed to be the cheat code for Mike Tyson’s Punch Out on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The DaVinci Code – Yeah, that too.

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