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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    24 Jun '13 14:40 / 2 edits
    http://phys.org/news/2013-06-voynich-text-hoax.html

    For those who never heard of it, a book was 'found' in the 1400's that had images of plants not known in modern science and text in some language that has no analog in any other known language on Earth. The main gist was it was just a hoax where the 'letters' were just gibberish but new supercomputer analysis puts the complexity level a bit higher than English or Chinese.

    Here is a Wiki on the subject:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript

    If it is a hoax, it is an extremely talented one. The 'words' seem to mean something. It is not just gibberish.

    Here is one dude who thinks he has 'solved' it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a5KISbZfd4
  2. Standard member Soothfast
    0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,
    26 Jun '13 01:01
    So, what, are these the field notes of a marooned ancient astronaut from planet Xorkon?
  3. Standard member Soothfast
    0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,
    26 Jun '13 02:01 / 2 edits
    Interesting. I've never heard of this manuscript, but I've read through the Wikipedia article on it. I think the theory that it was written by an East Asian in an obscure and/or extinct Asian dialect using an invented alphabet has some promise. I understand that the argument against this theory is that the illustrations appear to be distinctly European in style -- but maybe the manuscript was a collaborative effort by an Asian and a European, with the latter supplying the illustrations.

    A Martian. It could have been written by a Martian. Or a mad Russian.
  4. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    26 Jun '13 10:50
    Originally posted by Soothfast
    Interesting. I've never heard of this manuscript, but I've read through the Wikipedia article on it. I think the theory that it was written by an East Asian in an obscure and/or extinct Asian dialect using an invented alphabet has some promise. I understand that the argument against this theory is that the illustrations appear to be distinctly European ...[text shortened]... the illustrations.

    A Martian. It could have been written by a Martian. Or a mad Russian.
    It certainly was a work of genius.