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Another Possible Voynich Breakthrough 160

bmearns writes "Over the past few weeks we've been hearing a lot about a possible breakthrough in decoding the infamous Voynich manuscript, made by a team of botanists who suggested that the plants depicted in the manuscript may have been from the New World and the mysterious writing could be a form of an Aztec language. But the latest development comes from linguist Stephen Bax, of Bedfordshire University, who believes he has identified some proper names (including of the constellation 'Taurus') in the manuscript and is using these as a crib to begin deciphering the rest of the text, which he believes comes from the near east or Asia."
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Another Possible Voynich Breakthrough

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20, 2014 @01:00AM (#46292675)

    Looking at a random page from the book, the manuscript is clearly nonsensical, perhaps someone's attempt to leave a coded riddle, but certainly no ancient record of exotic flora or other scientific knowledge. The same "word" is repeated four or five times on each line, with only one different word appearing on the line, often differing from the repeated word by only one "letter", at other times looking like it could be an English word in barely legible script.

    So if I understand you right, you're trying to tell us this is some ancient person's version of the lyrics to badger badger badger.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20, 2014 @08:42AM (#46293757)

    ...yet another researcher reports their findings that one of the Rorschach inkblots may definitely be a picture of a face...

    Boobs. Rorschach inkblots are boobs.

    Water stains, burn patterns, clouds; those are all faces. But Rorschach blots are boobs.

Variables don't; constants aren't.