Sunday, April 17, 2011
Walking with Superman: Day 270
The Voynich Manuscript is an actual enigma. Dating back to the 15th Century, the mysterious book contains dozens of strange images and hundreds of pages of indecipherable text in an unknown language. Today, Superman's visiting Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New Haven, Connecticut, hoping to turn his super-intellect and experience traveling the universe toward unraveling the cryptic codex. He quickly sees that the book is written in an ancient Kryptonian dialect, and its contents describe the flora and fauna of a dozen alien worlds between Krypton and Earth. Like a medieval version of the Pioneer Plaque or the Voyager Golden Disk, it's like a message in a bottle from an alien explorer. Except this message has an intended recipient: the Man of Steel himself! Was there a Kryptonian on Earth before Kal-El--or is the truth even more bizarre? To find the truth, Superman contacts the amazing Hourman, and his cross-country journey may find a detour to Europe--or to the 15th Century!