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Old 02-14-2011, 08:46 AM   #1
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What IS the Voynich Manuscript?

Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Dates Back to Early 15th Century, Researchers Find

ScienceDaily (Feb. 10, 2011) — University of Arizona researchers have cracked one of the puzzles surrounding what has been called "the world's most mysterious manuscript" -- the Voynich manuscript, a book filled with drawings and writings nobody has been able to make sense of to this day.

Using radiocarbon dating, a team led by Greg Hodgins in the UA's department of physics has found the manuscript's parchment pages date back to the early 15th century, making the book a century older than scholars had previously thought.

This tome makes the "DaVinci 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.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0210153016.htm
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:57 AM   #2
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You can see hi-res images of the manuscript pages here: http://voynichcentral.com/

And more info here: http://www.voynich.nu/

There's even an xkcd cartoon:

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Old 02-14-2011, 09:12 AM   #3
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:20 AM   #4
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It's like an antique Codex Seraphinianus...
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:31 AM   #6
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It's like an antique Codex Seraphinianus...
That is interesting. Almost identical, in fact.
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Just a week ago, I watched a show on this on, I think, the Documentary Channel. The conclusion they made is that it was written by DaVinci as a child. Since naturally, anything mysterious created in that era was made by him.

This is also the same channel that attributes every ancient mystery and myth to alien visitation.
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I always attribute anything I can't make sense of to Area 51 aliens. I'm sure they wrote it.
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Don't forget the Toynbee Tiles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tiles

They are all related.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:53 PM   #15
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Don't forget the Toynbee Tiles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tiles

They are all related.
This seems clearly an act of intent to deceive etc. - like crop circles.

The others seem like legitimate mysteries to me.
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