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the book no one can read

genkakugenkaku VeteranNorthampton, Mass. U.S.A. Veteran

Of possible interest ... sorta like "God" -- what would you know if you actually knew it?

It’s one of the world’s most mysterious books, a centuries-old manuscript written in an unknown or coded language that no one has cracked. [Click link for rest of story.]

Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers.

The weathered book is locked away in a vault at Yale university’s Beinecke library, emerging only occasionally.
New clue to Voynich manuscript mystery

But after a 10-year appeal for access, Siloe, a small publishing house in northern Spain has secured the right to clone the document – to the delight of its director.



  • personperson Don't believe everything you think the void Veteran

    Its really interesting, I'd recommend downloading and listening to this podcast about it from Stuff You Should Know.

  • IchLiebteIchLiebte Veteran US Veteran

    Oh, man. I want to crack it. This is a linguist's dream. :love:

  • BeejBeej Human Being Veteran

    I'm in. Though it's probably just a cook book, i'm betting there's a delicious cake at the end of decryption.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Perhaps it's nothing more than an ancient dyslexic chef's recipes and fantasies :)

  • IchLiebteIchLiebte Veteran US Veteran

    @TheBeejAbides said:
    I'm in. Though it's probably just a cook book, i'm betting there's a delicious cake at the end of decryption.

    Made of fish-shaped crackers, sediment-shaped sediment, 12 medium geosynthetic membranes...

    Hopes you get the reference

  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran Veteran
    edited August 2016

    If it has got elephants and ice-cream as well as strange plants and naked women, it could be one of the lost suttas of the Spiny Nikaya. :p

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