Date Added: Sept. 21, 2001
In the days following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the world was searching for answers to one question: "could it have been prevented?" In the absence of facts, many began looking for coincidences that could possibly give some insight. This chain could be the result of desperate folks grasping at straws, but is more likely an unfunny joke crafted by someone with too much free time.
You have to try this one!!! Did you know that a flight number from one of the planes that hit one of the two towers was Q33NY.
In MS Word, type in that flight number, Q33NY. Enlarge the font size to 26 Change the font to Wingdings 1.
1. Open up a blank Word document.
2. Type in Q33 NY in capitals (this is the flight number of the 1st plane to hit the WTC)
3. Highlight it.
4. Change the font size to 48.
5. Change the actual font to wingdings (1).
IF U THINK THIS IS SCARY PUT UR NAME UNDER HERE AND PUT YES OR NO IF IT KIND CREEPED U OUT CHALLIS POSTED THIS BUT I'M (TINO) is starting this CHAIN!
The rumor above surfaced in the days after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York city. It resurfaced with a vengeance after Muslim extremist groups took credit for the July 7, 2005, bombings on public transit targets in London, England. Today, it it most often seen bundled with similar missives about coincidences involving the number 11 and verse 9:11 of the Koran.
Typing "Q33NY" in the Windows Wingdings font produces pictures of an airplane, two pieces of paper (which, could, I guess, resemble the twin towers of the world trade center if you squint really hard), a skull and crossbones, and a star of David. The suggestion here is that this combination might have predicted a plot to kill Jews by crashing a plane into two buildings.
One possible explanation for this coincidence proffered by those who forward this chain is that a large proportion of computer programmers are Muslims and one of them must have known about the plot, had a crisis of conscience and felt a need to tell the world about, but did so in a covert way to protect himself from retribution. Another, much more ridiculous explanation floating around is that folks at Microsoft knew about the attacks before they happened because they funded them. The assertion is that the Wingdings font was design to give coded messages to operatives.
One problem with both of these explanations is that Microsoft created Wingdings as part of its Windows 3.0 operating system in the late 1980s. The font has remained unchanged since its creation, so even if there was something to this rumor, the font predates the events in question by more than a decade.
Further, the planes that hit the World Trade Center towers were flights 11 and 175. There is not, nor has there never been a flight "Q33NY." In fact, that sequence doesn't fit any valid flight numbering system in use by any airline or airport. Neither is it, as various versions of this chain suggest, the tail number of one of those planes, the highway on which the WTC towers sat nor some reference to a passage in the Koran.
Most likely, Q33NY is the brainchild of some prankster bent on making fun of those searching for coincidences to explain the terrible tragedy. The Wingdings font is a collection of small images, most used in some aspect of the Windows operating system. It would not take much effort to come up with numerous combinations of cryptoglyphs to tell different stories. You can view the entire Wingdings font on any Windows system using the built-in Character Map feature (Click "Start," choose "Run," then type "charmap" and click "run"). Break this Chain.