Event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the mysterious Voynich manuscript

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28 Responses to “Event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the mysterious Voynich manuscript”

  1. Lolotehe says:

    I’d have a botanist look at it first. 

    • Dv Revolutionary says:

      Botanists have. The plants aren’t identifiable because they are the work of imagination. Can you identify the trees in a Dr. Susse book?

    • iCowboy says:

      They have. Of all the drawings in the book, there are only two possible matches with known plants. One might be a sunflower, the other (and it is reaching) could be a pepper – but that wasn’t known in Europe until after the Voynich was supposedly written.

      Likewise, people have looked at the constellations and maps in other sections of the book and found no matches with real data.

  2. awjt says:

    When I was a kid we started receiving crazy schizophrenic letters from some unknown person.  These things were like a hand-printed version of Dr. Bronner Soap labels, except even worse and not as happy-go-lucky.  They were single pages of copy paper plastered with all-caps writing every whichaway, densely packed, nearly devoid of meaning, but full of craze.

    It’s estimated that there have been about 100 billion people on earth, ever.

    My guess is that every hundred years produces a few bright stars of the written word, and a few absolute looneys.

  3. Looks like the work of Cornish piskies to me.  Anyone tried reading it by the light of the full moon, with their jacket on back to front?

  4. liquidstar says:

    It s funny how just about everyone seems to know about Voynich now.  It wasn t so long ago that even mentioning it got you put in the same category as that crazy cat lady down the street who is in contact with Martian Occult Masters (whom I would also respect though).  My pet theory is that this is actually what we in the 21 st century would call a dream journal,  possibly an extended sojourn on a coherent planetscape (more in the sense of J.R.R. Tolkien) so it may be using what modern psychologists would call an idiolect.

  5. rattypilgrim says:

    There’s a Breugel vibe to these drawings. Also, the writing looks like a mirror image of script. It has a backwards, left-leaning thing going on. Anyway, now I want a Voynich font.

    • Jim Saul says:

      It does look a bit like Da Vinci’s mirror-script notes.  Since the dating seems to be in that range, perhaps it was commissioned as a forged “lost” work of Da Vinci for a 16th century long con.

  6. technogeekagain says:

    I still find myself thinking that someone found a good way to fake the carbon-dating and is laughing hysterically every time this comes around. Either that or someone is laughing hysterically from beyond the grave. “You mean they _still_ haven’t figured out that it’s meaningless?”

  7. technogeekagain says:

    Or, to put it in other terms:  Chath d’ornik’sha por prede boos, chode ko singde ba. Scoando pe bath ‘sko, skordi shim baba. Ur’t kad nyeba, ush di dal la. Dempoko “glossolalia” spehn.

  8. Bauart says:

    What… so someone finds a handwritten book containing a well-structured unknown language full of strange creatures and mysterious plants — and just because it’s old — everyone think it’s from outer space?

    Funny.

    http://www.kli.org/tlh/phrases.html

  9. I like to throw that Voynich font around to be cryptic
     http://www.digitalartform.com/archives/2009/03/nothing-is-real.html
    nsfw?

  10. awjt says:

    Isn’t there a natural language specialist anywhere who wants to feed The Voynich into their special automatic Chomskyizer?

  11. SoItBegins says:

    What is the Manuscript? XKCD has one theory.

  12. planettom says:

    I used Voynich pages to fill the interior of my Necronomicon that I made for an Ash/EVIL DEAD/ARMY OF DARKNESS Halloween costume a few years ago:
    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b344/planettom/lj2009/necronomicon3b.jpg

  13. Nanodome Ltd says:

    I’ll be there, as will Elonka: I’m chairing the first session & then later giving a presentation on “Between Vellum & Prague”. It should be a fun day – a nice chance for a virtual community to meet in RL - but anyone going along hoping for alien theories (or even hoax theories, truth be told) may be somewhat disappointed. :-)

  14. Wooly_Chamoth says:

    Not to be rude, but why call is “written in an as-yet uncrackable cipher”?  That implies it was written with something encoded in it.  Is there no chance it’s not just nonsense?  Sounds like Mark is biassed towards the former.

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      Actually, the possibility that it’s nonsense is one of the theories. The problem is that it would have to be fairly sophisticated nonsense — the statistical distribution of characters isn’t what you’d expect if someone was just writing gibberish.

  15. Culturedropout says:

    Kind of reminds me of my college class notes.  I never could make any sense of those when I looked at them later either…

  16. mp123 says:

    If ever translated, it will be discovered to say, “Drink your Ovalfine.”

  17. Whiskey Mike says:

    The plant on page 31 of the pdf is familiar and may explain the rest of the drawings an jibberish.  Hint: Mary Jane

  18. Suck says:

    While staying grounded in the provable, repeatable and peer-reviewed,  I like to take trips of imagination in which the Voynich is the product of a configuration space exploit by another configuration’s version of John Titor.     It’s a fun fantasy to think about, anyway.   :) 

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