Saturday, April 9, 2011

WTFWiki 8: Voynich Manuscript

Everybody likes a good book, right?  There are books on sci-fi, history, true crime, memoirs, fantasy.. etc.  You name it, there's a book about it.  However, what if your literary tastes are a little bit more eccentric than the average Joe?  Well then, how about a medieval tome written in a language never before seen that eludes professional cryptographers to this day?

Voynich Manuscript

From Wikipedia:
"The Voynich manuscript is a handwritten book thought to have been written in the early[1] 15th century and comprising about 240 vellum pages,[notes 1] most with illustrations. Although many possible authors have been proposed, the author, script, and language remain unknown. It has been described as "the world's most mysterious manuscript".[2]
Generally presumed to be some kind of ciphertext, the Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. Yet it has defied all decipherment attempts, becoming a historical cryptology cause célèbre. The mystery surrounding it has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript a subject of both fanciful theories and novels."
 Some scientists surmise that the book was indeed written by an evil sorcerer and/or dragon lord.[citation needed]

Who wrote this goddamn thing??  It strikes me as a little odd that no one has been able to translate it yet, because think of the awesome shit it might say.  Perhaps it is a grimoire of 8th level wizard spells or a tome of epic cleric incantations!  Maybe it's just some crazy bastard's cookbook or diary.  Either way, I'm just going to assume it's enchanted and dangerous.



  1. nice post :) following and supporting!

  2. Interesting, maybe it will never be read!

  3. Maybe it's ciphered with a one time pad.

  4. That is intriguing...

    lol @ evil sorcerer/dragon lord

  5. I've always wanted to write my own language. When I was a child I though I did, but it was just coded ABCs that used all english methods.

  6. Was looking at this again today at work, still very interesting!