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The Voynich Manuscript: The Ancient Text that Baffled Historians and Linguists Alike

Since its discovery, no one has been able to decipher and translate the contents of the manuscript.

Ever since its discovery in an Italian Jesuit college in 1912, no one has been able to decipher and translate the contents of the Voynich manuscript.

The 246-page book contains hundreds of illustrations and approximately 170,000 characters of an unknown language. It is unknown whether the characters stand for a secret code, or it is an ancient language lost to time. One thing is for sure, though – the manuscript contains some highly interesting illustrations. Although it has no clearly specified chapters or subchapters, the book can be subdivided into six categories based on the illustrations: the botanical chapter containing drawings of plants, the astronomical chapter with celestial bodies and zodiac signs, balneological chapter containing nude illustrations of female figures, cosmological, pharmaceutical, and food chapters.

Some pages contained illustrations of unknown and unidentified plants, such as these

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Others contained astronomical illustrations, some of which spread out over several folded pages.

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This page contained cosmological drawings composed of circles and swirls

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While another contained drawings of naked women on a tub.

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Although its origins were unknown, carbon dating analysis showed that the book may have been from between 1404 and 1438. This was also corroborated by the styles of the people on the illustrations, which were a boom during the same period.

A lot of theories concerning the origin of the manuscript circulate in the academic and internet world, but to date, the mystery surrounding the text is yet to be cracked.

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Source: The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

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This Backyard ‘Weed’ Is Actually A Superfood With Numerous Health Benefits

I’m never gonna ignore this plant again!

Although the United States Department of Agriculture classifies it as a weed, backyard plant purslane (or Portulaca Oleracea) is actually a superfood with fantastic taste.In fact, numerous restaurants are alreadyusing it in their dishes.Its even fairly easy to harvest plus you can consume it raw or cooked.

Furthermore, nutrition experts tell us that the plant is filled with a lot of nutrients, such as Omega-3 fatty acids.In fact, one cup of raw purslane contains 28 mg Calcium, 29 mg Magnesium, 19 mg Phosphorus, and 212 mg Potassium.

Although it is considered a weed, purslane is actually a superfood with a lot of health benefits to offer.

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The Journal of the American College of Nutrition also tells us that the wonder plant is filled in Omega-3s with 300-400 mg of alpha-linolenic acid in 100 grams of purslane - which is a much higher level than that of a spinach). Furthermore, 100 grams of purslane has about 12.2 mg of Vitamin E, 26.6 mg of Vitamin C, 1.9 mg of beta-carotene, and 14.8 mg of glutathione....

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20 Impressive Cat Facts You’ll Definitely Want to Know

The internet is never on a shortage of cats. That’s why we’ve catered to their whim by giving you some handy cat facts!

Whether you love cats or not, you can't deny that they have some sort of mystical appeal to them. It's not just in the way their eyes seem to be gazing right into your soul. And it's not their little inexplicable quirks, either. They're just, for lack of a better term, oddities. Adorable, interesting oddities.

Want a better understanding of cats? Keep right on reading because we've got a bunch of feline fun facts that might just make you love (or fear) them even more.

1. When cats "smile" they're tasting the air though a special breathing technique. They can taste your fear!

1. When cats "smile" they're tasting the air though a special breathing technique. They can taste your fear!

2. Despite that, they can't taste sweets.

2. Despite that, they can't taste sweets....

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Freaked Out Villagers Brutally B**t This “Alien”, But The Truth is Heartbreaking

What a poor creature! 🙁

Spotted in the woods of Sibu village in Borneo, residents immediately thought this strange-looking creature was actually an alien.

Besides, it looked nothing like anything they’ve ever seen. A video footage was taken and uploaded online. Not surprisingly, many netizens were also puzzled and curious about what the life form actually was.

Reports say, the villagers freaked out when they spotted an alien-like creature crawling through a dense forest. Unsure of what it was, the frightened villagers immediately launched a savage attack against the four-legged beast they thought had come from outer space.

After screaming at the strange looking ‘alien’ creature and beating it violently with sticks until it lost consciousness, it eventually dawned on the hysterical workers that the ‘extraterrestrial’ they had beaten up without hesitation or thought, wasn’t a strange creature from another planet, but actually a malnourished sun bear....

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