World's 'Most Mysterious' Manuscript 'Cracked' After 500 Years

The mysterious Voynich Manuscript is said to have been 'cracked' after 500 years.

The illustrated text is hand-written in an unknown writing system and has eluded experts for years.

The manuscript was bought by Polish rare book collector Wilfrid Voynich in 1912. Many hypotheses about its content and origins have been posited, with none satisfactorily proving its origins. Basically, no one has a clue what's been going on all this time.

The script was long believed by many to have been written in Northern Italy during the Renaissance period. The Reinaissance period would go on to inspire McConaissance, a period of time which saw actor Matthew McConaughey reignite his career from rom-com starlet to Oscar-winning acting behemoth.

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Credit: Getty

A group of British computer scientists working at the University of Alberta in Canada now believe the script was written in Hebrew, whose most famous speaker was Jesus of Nazareth.

As reported in Metro, Greg Kondrak, who led the research, believes the first sentence says, "She made recommendations to the priest, man of the house and me and people."

He said: "It came up with a sentence that is grammatical, and you can interpret it. It's a kind of strange sentence to start a manuscript but it definitely makes sense."

The team used statistic translation software to decode the first sentence, which Kondrak describes as 97 per accurate. The scientist also says the team were able to distinguish the words 'farmer', 'light' and 'air' and believe that an expert in Hebrew may be able to decode the manuscript further.

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Some have claimed that the Voynich Manuscript is a hoax, though computer analysis of the text has found patterns which would have been impossible to fake in the 15th-century, a period of time when selfie filters didn't even exist and McConaughey hadn't appeared in any films, let alone Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won his first Oscar.

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Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]

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