I have to say that I’m pretty humbled by the hit stats for the Wikipedia Voynich page: when the xkcd webcomic spike happened in June 2009, the Voynich page got a quite shocking 77k hits in a single day. In fact, its daily traffic has gone up from 500-1000 hits at the start of 2009 to 1000-2000 hits as of now (May 2010) (though interspersed with occasional 10k days).

And so I wondered if it was just about time for Jim Davis’ Garfield to take on the Voynich Manuscript: if he did, might it look something like this?

For any passing lawyers, I’m neither passing this off as an original Garfield strip by Jim Davis nor trying to make money from his intellectual property, it’s just one of his strips unconvincingly hacked to show what my idea of a Voynich-themed Garfield strip would look like for the benefit of my Cipher Mysteries readers. And yes, I’ll happily take it down if you ask me to. 🙂

7 thoughts on “Is it time for a Voynich-themed Garfield strip?

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  2. Diane on May 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm said:

    I like the way the right margin gives Garfield a Scots accent.

    Why am I no’ surprised?

  3. Dennis on May 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm said:

    Hmmmm… there are lots of layered things in the VMs that could be lasagna!

  4. tony on May 23, 2010 at 11:10 am said:

    I notice Garfield isn’t wearing a monocle.

  5. Tony: Garfield is also absent from Wikipedia’s list of fictional monocle wearers. Which just goes to show how little you can trust Wikipedia. 🙂

  6. I always forget: Do we get the solution at 500,000 hits, or is it a million?

  7. Rich: I thought it was slated to be at the centennial VoyCon 2012 at the Villa Frascati, when it will be announced by Oprah Winfrey held aloft by a vast army of applauding seraphim and cherubim, with Rene Zandbergen and Steve Ekwall looking on, shaking and nodding their heads (respectively).

    Or perhaps I dreamt that, I’m not sure. 😉

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