Mysterious Russian 'Numbers Station' Changes Broadcast After 20 Years

The bizarre, constant audio output of one particular mysterious Russian "Numbers Station" has changed, for the first time in 20 years. This might mean something bad is about to happen, or simply that someone finally remembered to switch tapes.

Here's the new message currently being beamed from Russian station UVB-76. The first person to successfully identify its meaning wins a 25-year holiday in Siberia's most desolate and inaccessible leisure resort:

UVB-76, UVB-76 - 93 882 naimina 74 14 35 74 - 9 3 8 8 2 nikolai, anna, ivan, michail, ivan, nikolai, anna, 7, 4, 1, 4, 3, 5, 7, 4

The true purpose of the bizarre constant transmissions of these stations has never really been understood. They may be spy messages, encryption codes, cricket scores, a technical requirement to keep a frequency open for future emergency use, "sexy spy" Anna Chapman beaming her phone number out to anyone who's interested - or possible long-term viral marketing for Lost II. - Thanks Eric! [Sherdog]


    Well, it's noteworthy that the second part of the message after "74 14 35 74" is just a repetition of the first part, with spaces, phonetics and commas added in between. So eliminating the only other duplicate "UVB-76", the whole message really is "UVB-76 – 93 882 naimina 74 14 35 74". Anyway.

    Kudos to my friend Stephen for figuring out that this is a 'maintenance required' message from a forgotten automated station. Perhaps the supply hopper on the card punch is jammed.

    Now, I usually don't site Wikipedia as a source, but in the entry sites numerous other sources and suggests that this is definitely /not/ the first time the message has changed:

    You can hear the message at this link... since this article doesn't do much to explain exactly how eerie this would sound if you were listening to this station. imagine years of the first part of this audio... and then suddenly, someone starts talking...

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