Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Dutch Voynich hoax bloggery...

I just stumbled across part 1 and part 2 of a long-ish Dutch blog entry on hoax theories of the Voynich Manuscript, specifically Gordon Rugg's Cardan grille nonsense. If, like me, you don't speak Dutch, note that Google Translate's Dutch-to-English translation appears not to be working, and so use instead (which does work fine).

Actually, I do (thanks to Tanya) have a single Amsterdam survival phrase, which I learnt long before I was married: "Zeker niet, mevrouw: ik word getrouwd!" Anyway, moving swiftly on...

What tickled me about the Dutch bloggery was the fact that the people commenting on it were amused by f78r's "qokedy qokedy dal qokedy qokedy" sequence, with one of them asking "Wat dacht je van de smurfen?" All of which prompted (Proust-stylee) long-buried memories of the abysmal Smurf collectible figurines BP gave away as promotional items in the 1970s (and which are doubtless now worth the GDP of Morocco each) to surface. I just never dreamed I'd join Smurfs and the Voynich Manuscript in the same sentence. Life is strange.

Incidentally, 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Smurfs' burf: thankfully, the movie tie-in has been delayed to 2010 (though if we're really lucky, Paramount will cancel it first). But here's a blog entry on them that does ring true (oh, and here's a working Smurf Name Generator).

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