For many years it was thought that the 1963 chart hit 'Puff the Magic Dragon' was a song about smoking marijuana, "not so" it was revealed yesterday.
A team of cryptologists from Cambridge University have been working 'on and off' for over three decades, deciphering the riddle of the song made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in the swinging sixties. At an international conference on Information Security, Cryptology and Decoding, head of the Cambridge cryptologists, Professor Harold Turnstable, made this statement, "After many years working on the decoding of the lyrics to Puff the Magic Dragon and continuously using the latest in scientific and mathematical decoding techniques, we are supremely positive the song has nothing to do with drugs of any description."
But this was not the news that caused the most controversy at the conference; it was the latter part of Professor Turnstable's speech that stirred the audience.
The professor continued, "However, during our findings we investigated every part of the song in such detail we have discovered that not only is there no such place as 'Honah Lee', as referenced in the song, but also we are 97 to 98 per cent sure that Dragons have never existed."
A leading scientist, who wished to remain anonymous, was quoted as saying, "If what Professor Turnstable is saying is true, we scientists must greatly rethink what we understand about the world and its history… and to not take pop songs so literally."