Thought to contain a hidden, secret message, the VOYNICH manuscript, 240 vellum pages, most with illustrations, is described as “the world’s most mysterious manuscript”. It is a work carbon-dated to the early 15th century (just like my bed-sheets were when the police suspected me of being involved in an armed rubbery). Possibly Italian in origin, it is named after the book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912. The Voynich text has resisted all attempts to decipher it, even by top World War II cryptographers. The manuscript is highly controversial, with many experts dismissing it as a hoax – but a new analysis of the text appears to have found “patterns” of meaning which would have been impossible to fake in the 15th century.
What makes the Voynich manuscript so controversial? It contains illustrations and information about plants and their possible uses for medical purposes. However, most of the plants do not match known species.
WORLD EXCLUSIVE! I have deciphered some of the text!
‘You could hear the hoof-beats pound as they race across the ground, and the clatter of the wheels as they spun round and round, and he galloped into Market Street, his badge upon his chest, his name was Bernie, and he drove the fastest milk cart in the west!’
Archaeologists say they have discovered a new form of primitive writing in markings on stoneware excavated from a relic site in eastern China dating back 5000 years. Apparently that’s about 1,400 years earlier than the oldest known written Chinese language. Chinese scholars remain divided as to whether the etchings amount to words or a precursor to words, in other words, symbols.
Is there no limit to my genius? Another WORLD EXCLUSIVE! Once again I have deciphered some of the text!
‘Now Bernie loved a widow, a lady known as Dee, she lived alone in Vinley Lane at number 23. They said she was too good for him, a snob in fact, proud and chic, but Bernie got his cocoa there three times every week. They called him Bernie, Bernie, and he drove the fastest milk cart in the west!’
BRING IT ON!