“Voynich manuscript” from Wikipedia

Genuine mysteries are so very rare, but here is an artifact of an unknown language, an unknown botany, an unknown madness, an unknown world.
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“Voynich manuscript”


The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum on which it is written has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and it may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912.

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The Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. The mystery of the meaning and origin of the manuscript has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript the subject of novels and speculation. None of the many hypotheses proposed over the last hundred years has yet been independently verified. Continue reading

“My Castles in Spain” by George William Curtis

This says everything that ever needed to be said.
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“My Castles in Spain”

from Prue and I

George William Curtis

adapted by anonymous for The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book

I am the owner of great estates. Many of them lie in the west, but the greater part in Spain.

You may see my western possessions any evening at sunset when their spires and battlements flash against the horizon. But my finest castles are in Spain. It is a country famously romantic, and my castles are all of perfect proportions and appropriately set in the most picturesque situations.

I have never been in Spain myself, but I have naturally conversed much with travellers to that country; although, I must allow, without deriving from them much substantial information about my property there. Continue reading

Top Secret – United States Air Forces in Europe item 14 – 1948 November 4

“This document was found at the National Archive II in College Park, Maryland in the USAF HQ intelligence Top Secret files for 1948.”

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Top Secret – United States Air Forces in Europe item 14 – 1948 November 4

Authority: NNDS13055
By: KC – NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] Date: 7/31/97



USAFE [United States Air Forces in Europe] 14 – TT 1524 – TOP SECRET – 4 Nov 1948

From OI OB

For some time we have been concerned by the recurring reports on flying saucers. Continue reading

“Incident/Complaint Report” by Commander, 44 Missile Security Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

Out of this world.

A report by Bob Pratt that provides information about this document

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“Incident/Complaint Report”

Commander, 44 Missile Security Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

Site Lima 9
7 miles SW of Nisland, SD Continue reading

“Canned Milk” by anonymous

Folk verse.
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“Canned Milk”


Canned milk is the best in the land
Here I sit with a can in my hand
No tits to pull, no hay to pitch
You just punch a hole in the son of a bitch

The Ten Commandments from the King James Bible

Easter Special:
The omissions–support the impoverished, honor thy children, don’t commit slavery, don’t commit warfare–are glaring, and the inclusions–don’t create any representative art, don’t swear, don’t do any work every seventh day, don’t commit adultery–are baffling. Basing a civilization’s ethics upon such nonsense would likely lead to immense human suffering. / Interesting about Chapter 20 of Exodus are the forgotten commandments that follow the primary ten, to wit: 11) that you shall make a dirt altar to your god and upon it sacrifice your sheep and oxen to him; 12) if you use rock to make an altar, don’t work the rock; and 13) don’t have any steps leading up to the altar, because when you climb steps, dudes behind you can look right up your skirt and see your junk.
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The Ten Commandments: Chapter 20 of the Book of Exodus

from the King James Bible (Authorized King James Version, standard text of 1769, Cambridge edition)

And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Continue reading

The Secret Book of John from Wikipedia

Easter Special:
Angelic incest, repercussive masturbation, and mutant demons: a bizarre secret mythos meant to be revealed only to adepts, complete with an injunctive ancient curse… straight from the lips of Jesus Christ.
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The Secret Book of John


The Secret Book of John, or the Apocryphon of John, is a 2nd-century CE Sethian Gnostic Christian text of secret teachings. Since it was known to the church father Irenaeus, it must have been written before approximately 180 CE. It describes Jesus Christ appearing and giving secret knowledge (gnosis) to the apostle John. The author describes this having occurred after Jesus “has gone back to the place from which he came.” Continue reading

Announcer’s Test by anonymous

Showing off.
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Announcer’s Test


One hen
Two ducks
Three squawking geese
Four Limerick oysters
Five corpulent porpoises
Six pairs of Don Alverzo’s tweezers
Seven thousand Macedonians in full battle array
Eight brass monkeys from the ancient, sacred crypts of Egypt
Nine apathetic, sympathetic, diabetic old men on roller skates with a marked propensity towards procrastination and sloth
Ten lyrical, spherical, diabolical denizens of the deep who haul stall around the corner of the quo of the quay of the quivery, all at the same time

“The Bad Dream” by anonymous

Halloween Special:
A creepy anonymous masterpiece.
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“The Bad Dream”


“Daddy, I had a bad dream.”

You blink your eyes and pull up on your elbows. Your clock glows red in the darkness — it is 3:23 AM.

“Do you want to climb into bed and tell me about it?”

“No, Daddy.”

The oddness of the situation wakes you more fully. You can barely make out your daughter’s pale form in the darkness of your room.

“Why not, sweetie?” Continue reading

“Canadian Boat-Song” by anonymous

Canada Day Special:
Compare with the speech from the film Stripes: “We’re Americans! Do you know what that means? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.”
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“Canadian Boat-Song”


Listen to me, as when ye heard our father
Sing long ago, the song of other shores —
Listen to me, and then in chorus gather
All your deep voices, as ye pull your oars:

Fair these broad meads — these hoary woods are grand;
But we are exiles from our fathers’ land. Continue reading

“Ten O’Clock at Night at Rivington Hall” by anonymous

Summer Vacation Special:
What do we seek at ten o’clock at night in Rivington Hall?
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“Ten O’Clock at Night at Rivington Hall”


It was with great pleasure that I heard, about a year ago, from my old friend Henry Danvers that he had succeeded to the Rivington Hall estate and an income of some thousands a year, on the death of a distant relation. Harry and I were school and college friends; and though of late years our paths in life had widely diverged, the old affection never slumbered. We met rarely, but we kept up a more constant correspondence than is usual even among brothers.

Our last meeting was on the occasion of his marriage to a charming girl, to whom he had long been attached; soon after which event he left the _____ Hussars, and went to live in Wales, near his wife’s family, till the death of his far-away cousin, old Luke Danvers, of Rivington Hall, put him in possession of a fine estate and ample income. Old Danvers died abroad, in some German town, where he had led a life of absolute seclusion for several years—nearly forty, I think. Harry came to London on business connected with the succession, and spent most of his time at my chambers in the Temple. His parting words to me were a cordial invitation to visit him at the old Hall as soon as he had made it habitable. It had been shut up since the late owner, a man of eccentric habits, retired somewhat suddenly abroad, Continue reading

“Fighting South of the Castle” by anonymous

A 2,100-year-old Chinese war poem. The era and locale of any specific war is immaterial; the effect of all war remains recognizable.
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“Fighting South of the Castle”


translated from the Chinese by Arthur Waley

They fought south of the Castle,
They died north of the wall.
They died in the moors and were not buried.
Their flesh was the food of crows. Continue reading