Woolworths shopper's theory over 'hidden coordinates' in bon bon

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·1-min read

A peculiar message hidden in a Woolworths Christmas bon bon has ignited speculation over who wrote it and the meaning behind it.

Inside a cracker purchased from the supermarket in Melbourne’s “The Pines” shopping centre, some handwritten numbers were spotted by an eagle-eyed shopper.

After being pulled apart during Christmas celebrations, one of the cardboard strips that makes a cracking sound after being snapped featured what look like coordinates -17,4,26.

Woolworths store pictured.
The Christmas cracker was purchased from Woolworths in Melbourne's The Pines shopping centre. Source: Google Maps

While the 12 pack of Entertaining Bon Bons packaging claimed the product was made in China, the numbers on the strip matched the coordinates of a small town in Congo, Central Africa, the shopper discovered.

The bizarre discovery left its recipient puzzled and searching for answers.

“Why would a cracker strip have coordinates for a town in Congo? What could the numbers mean? Im intrigued,” she wrote in a post to the Woolworths Facebook page.

She even developed an alternate theory, suggesting the total of the numbers added up together could have some significance.

Numbers on a strip inside a Woolworths cracker.
These were the numbers inside the cracker discovered on Christmas Day. Source: Facebook

“If you ignore coordinates the sum is 13. So what's the word Woolies?” she wrote in a comment to her post.

“A lock for a digital safe box (because old school dials don’t have the negative numbers)?”.

While either theories could be plausible, the true reason for the numbers has yet to be revealed.

Yahoo News Australia has contacted Woolworths for an explanation.

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