If you love a good mystery, listen up. Sure we've all heard of the Da Vinci Code and its mysterious symbols, but that's child's play compared to the Voynich manuscript and its secret codes. First of all, the Voynich manuscript is real and the University of Arizona just discovered its birth date.
The manuscript, which was first discovered in Rome in 1912 by Wilfrid Voynich, is a book written in a mysterious, alien language with sketches of plants, stars, and human figures. No one has been able to decipher what it means, but UA was able to figure out its date. In a press release today, they reveal that carbon dating places the book's origin between 1404 and 1438.
While it's great to know when the manuscript was written, we still don't know what it means. UA says:
This tome makes the "Da Vinci Code" look downright lackluster: Rows of text scrawled on visibly aged parchment, flowing around intricately drawn illustrations depicting plants, astronomical charts, and human figures bathing in – perhaps – the fountain of youth. At first glance, the "Voynich manuscript" appears to be not unlike any other antique work of writing and drawing.
But what does it meeeeean?? Sorry to be whiny, but can't some big brain out there figure this out?
There are some scientists who believe it's a personal code used by an amateur naturalist to take notes on a subject that was forbidden during his time period.
Me? I'm pretty sure it's a book an alien visitor left behind when she came to Earth to observe life on our planet. The drawings are part of her research, and the writing is obviously in her planet's language. I really feel like that option is being glossed over -- can we explore this more please?
What's your take on the Voynich manuscript?
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