10 Most MYSTERIOUS BOOKS In History!


(upbeat music) – Yeah, just hold on a minute. This is when it gets to the good part. So throughout the course of history over 130 million books
have been published, so obviously humans have
a thirst for knowledge. And when you think of
books, what do you think of? Harry Potter, The
Alchemist, the Bible, maybe? Well, what about books
that replicate themselves or predict the future? Well today I’m going to show you a list of books that actually existed that defy all logic by existing at all. So let’s jump right into it. These are the 10 most
mysterious books in history. Number one is the Book of Soyga. Also known as Aldaraia, the Book of Soyga is a legendary book that exists right now in the UK that is said to have been
presented to Adam himself by the angels of God
in the Garden of Eden. The 197 pages of the book
consists of everything from spells, rituals, and
information on other magics, demonology, and astrology. The first known owner of
this book was John Dee, a well-known Elizabethan
mathematician, astrologer, and consultant to the court of the queen. He possessed over 3,000 books, which was the largest library
in England at the time. After his death, however, the book seemed to vanish from existence only to suddenly resurface in not one but two
different places in 1994. One was the British Library in London and the other was the
Bodleian Library in Oxford. Okay, so obviously the existence
of this book defies logic but what also defies logic is why this guy had over 3,000 books. I mean, I’m all about hobbies and whatnot but go see some sunlight, man. Number two is the Rohonc Codex. All 448 pages of this book
are written in a language that to this day is still indecipherable. The Rohonc Codex’s words are written from right
to left on each page and are accompanied by 87 illustrations of military battles, landscapes, and other images that may
have religious influence. Scholars have noted that
the number of symbols used in the book are 10 ten times those
in any known alphabet. The codex was discovered
in 1700 in Hungary and since then many have
tried to decipher it with wildly different translations. The fact is this mysterious book may never be truly understood,
kind of like Michael Jackson. That man was an enigma. Rest in peace. Number three is the Great Omar Book. The full title of this book is (clears throat) the Sangorski Edition of the
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Well that’s quite the mouthful. Francis Sangorski was a
bookbinder from London who started a firm in 1901 and created the first of what many claim to be the most cursed book of all time. The book that Sangorski made found its way to the
bottom of the Atlantic when it sank with, of
all things, the Titanic. Then there was a second copy made using Sangorski’s original drawings which was destroyed soon after completion in the early days of World War II when London was bombed during the Blitz. It then took 40 years to
finish the third copy, which was donated to the British Library after its maker, Stanley Bray, died. You know, maybe I’m just pragmatic, but I would just not touch the book. I don’t care what secrets lie within, it’s goin’ kill me, man! Be pragmatic, don’t touch those pages. Number four are The
Prophecies of Nostradamus. Possibly the most famous
book on this list, The Prophecies of Nostradamus
is one that is widely claimed to have predicted several
major events in human history. These include the rise of
Napoleon and Adolf Hitler, the Great Fire of London, the dropping of the first nuclear bomb, and even the September 11th attacks on the World Trade
Center in New York City. ( a.k.a. 9/11) People seem to consistently
be linking every disaster, both those that occur naturally
and those that are man-made, to the words that Michel de
Nostradame wrote 400 years ago. Now this is highly contested
with many believing that these predictions are 100% accurate and some that just call them out as false. Personally, I would love to
be able to predict the future but not just the things that are bad. I feel like that would make
you a bit of a party pooper. Hey Matt, nice to meet you. You’re going to lose your job tomorrow. Okay, good chat! Number five is the Ripley Scroll book. Named after the 15th
century Augustinian monk and alchemist George Ripley, the Ripley Scroll reads
almost like a journal and it’s essentially a real
life wizard’s spell book. It chronicles the man’s
travels across Europe as he combed the land
in search of immortality and the secrets behind transmutation. Legend has it that he was
able to change lead into gold with a spell contained within the pages by creating the philosopher’s stone. This, of course, in turn was used to
make the elixir of life, which many claim had
made the monk immortal. Now history claims that
the man died in 1490 but he may still be out there somewhere, waiting, drinkin’ on that sweet elixir. Number six is the Popol Vuh. According to a tale told
by Francisco Ximenez, a Dominican priest, the Popol Vuh was a
manuscript given to him when in 1701, he visited a
small town in Guatemala. The Popol Vuh, which translates
to the Book of the People, contains an elaborate creation
story involving four deities, a brief history of the planet,
and cosmology teachings. Though he cites his source
as a parishioner in the town, no similar manuscript has ever been found. There are some scholars who argue that he should never have
been given access to the pages since it was considered
a closely guarded secret. The Popol Vuh is definitely
a book shrouded in mystery. Number seven are the Beale Ciphers. The Beale ciphers are
basically like the beginning of a real-life national treasure. The pages are actually a trio of ciphers which lead to a massive hidden treasure of gold, silver, and jewels worth nearly, brace yourself, $63 million. As legend has it, in 1820 the pages were given
in a box by Thomas Beale to an innkeeper in Virginia
named Robert Morris. The box was given with the instruction that he should only open the box if Beale did not return within 10 years. And of course, Beale disappeared so naturally, Morris opened the box and began trying to break the code written on the papers inside. In all of history, only one of the pages has ever been deciphered and it took, believe it or not, the Declaration of Independence
as a key to unlock it. And you guys thought I was joking about the national treasure thing. Neither of the codes have
ever been broken to this day and many claim that the
treasure is still out there waiting to be found. I think it would be
hilarious after decades somebody finally cracked the Beale cipher and they open the box
and instead of treasure it’s just, like, a note that says ♫ Lo lo lo lo lo lo lo
lo lo lo lo lo lo lo ♫ That would be money. ($ _ $) Number eight are the Dead Sea Scrolls. Discovered in 11 caves across
the shore of the Dead Sea, starting with one that
two goat herders found, the Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the greatest manuscript
discovery of modern times. They were found between 1947 and 1956 and contain, amongst other things, the oldest collection of
Old Testament manuscripts ever discovered. These included prophecies
by Ezekiel, Daniel, and Jeremiah that had never
been found in the Bible before. The scrolls themselves are
unbelievably over 2,000 years old and at least one of them
is an ancient treasure map to 64 different buried treasures. Look, I appreciate that the (mimics goat) goat herders handed these
in for historical purposes, but if I found a treasure map like that that led to 64 different big treasures, you would never see me again. (The wild baldo goes extinct) I would be on an island
bathing in gold and jewels. Sorry, historians. Number nine is the Liber Linteus. The Liber Linteus only
contains 1,200 words written on 230 lines but what makes it truly unique is what those words are written on and also what it was used for later. The ancient text refers to the Etruscans, people who populated italy before the rise of the Roman Empire. It’s scribed on linen, making it the only known
example of a book made that way. Interestingly after the Etruscans fell their Roman conquerors would
have destroyed the text if for not how it was
preserved and hidden. The Liber Linteus was written on wrappings covering an Egyptian
tailor’s mummified wife, which is how it was
discovered in the 1800s when the mummy was donated to a museum. Now if they really wanted
to hide this message I think they should have put
some underwear on the mummy because think about it. Someone discovers a mummy, sees underwear, what are they going to do? They’re going to look underneath. They’re going to find a
message on some mummy dick. And number 10 is the Voynich manuscript. This final one is vastly considered the most mysterious book on the planet. The Voynich manuscript
is so old and confusing that many an argument has been had to how exactly it needs to be studied. Written by an anonymous author, the manuscript is almost
impossible to translate but some people claim that
it’s actually a puzzle. The book, which in the 1800s
was part of a Jesuit library, is named after Wilfred Voynich, a Polish book dealer who came
into its possession in 1909. It’s an illustrated, handwritten codex penned in a language that
was previously unknown. To this day it’s still not known exactly what the manuscript is or even what’s said on its pages. Speaking of books, my very
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