JM - I'm glad you caught the crypto joke. It was one of my favorite parts.
2 min? I sort of guessed and got it right: This one was 2 min. But, actually, it is a catch-22: On Medium, if it's fiction or poetry, especially, a longer read is cross your fingers, but ... if it's too short, you get passed over for distribution! I have some longer sci-fi stories (the Mr. E stuff) & actually, I've been quite honored by how many people have actually read through them. Medium's an interesting platform.