The person or people responsible for a 15th century manuscript written in code did an amazing job at making it unbreakable, as centuries later, historians are still trying to figure out what it means.
Indeed, the origin, language and date of the the Voynich Manuscript — named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912 — remain unknown.
In addition to the undecipherable text, the manuscript also contains puzzling drawings that appear to depict “botanical, figurative, and scientific drawings of a provincial but lively character, drawn in ink with vibrant washes in various shades of green, brown, yellow, blue, and red,” according to the Yale Library website.
Typically described as a magical or scientific text, the Voynich Manuscript contains a wide range of drawings, including Zodiac symbols, 113 unidentified plant species, miniature female nudes, nine cosmological medallions and more than 100 different species of medicinal herbs and roots.
It also contains star-like flowers and possibly even recipes written into the margins.