I may have mentioned this before, but I love reading obsessively about creepy/mysterious things. I can’t look away—I just keep going till I’m afraid of my own hair brushing against my shoulder and it’s way past my bedtime but impossible to sleep. If it is incomprehensible and unsettling, but in a way that’s somewhat fantastical and odd (Morgellon’s, Somerton Man, Dyatlov Pass), then I am going to become obsessed.*
One of my favorite bookish mysteries is, naturally, the Voynich Manuscript. Basically, for several hundred years this probably 15th century manuscript has been the subject of scrutiny, because it’s composed of script no one can read and illustrations no one understands. It’s often suspected to be a code or some transcription of some known language or languages the author didn’t know how to write, but it’s been thoroughly examined by amateurs and professionals alike, and no one can figure it out. UNTIL NOW: a Finnish businessman claims that he’s cracked the code (with God’s help). It’s both a prophecy and a record of plants the writer had. So it’s like Nostradamus’s gardening book, but more secretive?
So yes, there’s a part of me that would like this guy to be right so we’d know what it’s really all about, but it’s also sort of sad to think of the mystery being resolved. Some mysteries should stay mysterious, you know? And sure, this guy could be wrong or nutty or absolutely spot on—till we have a confirmed answer, there’s no telling for sure whose suppositions are right. I guess if he’s right, though, the mystery left behind is why someone would actually bother to write down prophecy that no one else would read. I mean, surely the point of prophecy is to warn people or at the very least to look back smugly with the proof you were right all along.
What do you guys think? Let’s pretend he’s right and play amateur detective here. What plant-related information (because it does fairly clearly seem to depict plants) can you imagine having that is so important it must be tracked in obsessive detail, but so secretive you cannot possibly let anyone ever read about it? Any ideas? Or favorite pet theories on what’s really going on?
*P.S. If you have favorite creepy mysteries I may not know about, please share.