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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Voynich manuscript is not an especially glamorous physical object. It is slightly larger than a modern paperback, bound in "limp vellum" as is the technical term. But its pages are full of astrological charts, strange plants, naked ladies bathing in green liquid, and, most famously, an indecipherable script that has eluded cryptographers to this day. What could be so scandalous, so dangerous, or so important to be written in such an uncrackable cipher?

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This week, the venerable Times Literary Supplement published as its cover story a "solution" for the Voynich manuscript. The article by Nicholas Gibbs suggests the manuscript is a medieval women's-health manual copied from several older sources. And the cipher is no cipher at all, but simply abbreviations that, once decoded, turn out to be medicinal recipes.

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The aliens brought it here.

#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-09-11 02:02 PM | Reply

Power companies hate this!!

#2 | Posted by censored at 2017-09-11 05:47 PM | Reply

Ancient manuscript finally reveals it's millennia-old secrets!

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-09-11 05:51 PM | Reply

The aliens brought it here.
#1 | LFTHNDTHRDS

It's a cookbook!

#4 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-09-11 06:56 PM | Reply

The aliens brought it here.
#1 | LFTHNDTHRDS

It's a cookbook!

#5 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-09-11 07:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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You always post such good, thought-provoking articles. Too bad outside of politics the conversations here never take off.

Anyways, thanks, I had never heard of this amazing tome.

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-09-11 07:43 PM | Reply

Whizzo, fishing sucks around these storms but if you want to talk cooking, next time you catch a catfish hit me up and I'll give you my grandmothers court bullion (cooubion) recipe!

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-09-11 09:32 PM | Reply

#7
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#8 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-09-12 11:37 AM | Reply

"The Voynich Manuscript and Truth on the Internet"
It can be a little frightening for medievalists to see self-evidently wrongheaded interpretations spread like wood lice.
www.newyorker.com

#9 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-09-13 08:48 AM | Reply

The Gibbs theory has been retracted:

So much for that Voynich manuscript "solution"
Librarians would have "rebutted it in a heartbeat," says medieval scholar.
arstechnica.com

#10 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-09-13 08:51 AM | Reply

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