I thought this was quite an interesting article about how a 250 year old coded manuscript got decoded by a guy who does machine translation. It's quite a long article but I did enjoy it.

They Cracked This 250 Year-Old Code, And Found a Secret Society Inside | Danger Room | Wired.com

Like many aristocrats of his day, he belonged to multiple secret societies, including an Order of the Golden Poodles, which likely sounded as goofy back then as it does today.