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Voynich Manuscript: A mysterious, undeciphered manuscript dating to the 15th or 16th century.

Written in Central Europe at the end of the 15th or during the 16th century, the origin, language, and date of the Voynich Manuscript—named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912—are still being debated as vigorously as its puzzling drawings and undeciphered text. Described as a magical or scientific text, nearly every page contains 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. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Visit the Alligators (1993-1994):

The Trademark Alligator: How a new team did it right and still got caught.

The Restaurant Alligator: The information flopped around the office for weeks.

Surf Alligators live within the cusps of breaking technology waves.

The Mailbox Alligator: He sent it to an unknown person and wanted it back... before it was read.

The Feedback Alligator: It's mottled skin boasts an Escher-like pattern of lines and marks. When the tail wags this alligator, all hell breaks loose, and multimedia contracts can be severely strained or lost altogether.

The Credit Alligator usually appears late in a multimedia project and has nothing to do with MasterCard or Visa.

The TooBusy Alligators actually comprise a family of red-eyed uglies: VoiceMail Alligators, In-A-Meeting Alligators, and their sad cousins, Allnight Alligators.

"When the dead moose floated into view the famished crew cheered – this had to mean land! – but Captain Walgrove, flinty-eyed and clear headed thanks to the starvation cleanse in progress, gave fateful orders to remain on the original course and await the appearance of a second and confirming moose."

— Elizabeth (Betsy) Dorfman, Bainbridge Island, WA, grand prize winner of the 2014 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for bad opening sentences to imaginary novels.

A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.

...Diane Setterfield, from The Thirteenth Tale