Some students say I would be the incarnation of Indiana Jones, a movie character of an adventurous professor - partly modeled after Hiram Bingham who rediscovered the Machu Picchu in Peru in 1911. But obviously, that's not the case. First of all the gun of his choice, a Smith & Wesson .45 ACP, I regard as extremely inefficient. Okay, academics are known for sometimes being a bit off target. Then I am not an archaeologist. I am also not afraid of snakes. And generally, I think Indiana Jones is a wimp.
But today I was reminded of the Raiders of the Lost Arc. While running from Kalkara to Marsaskala for the sake of improvement of my ill health since a malaria outbreak, I actually came across a secret message at Xgħajra. It was just in front of me, on the floor. On the island of the crusaders, the Order of St. John's of Jerusalem, the Knights of the Templers, nothing is an accident (okay, that's just figurative, as there are accidents here, and many of them related to drinking and driving). But let's refocus. What does it say? It was a the magnetic core of a transformer. Yes, a transformer. But what did it transform? Is it an "M" or a "W" in the upper left? Or an "E"? Which way is up? Is there a Rosetta Stone for transformers' secret messages? Nothing! How mystical. And what about the "N" in the middle? If this is an "N", then it might point us at the direction we have to read this. The triangle! The Masonic Square and compasses. And yes, there: the eye of the Illuminati. But what is the message? This will keep my busy for a while. I will write a paper on it.