Journals of Impossible Things

Journal WhoMany of us are familiar with this Journal of Impossible Things, kept by the Doctor’s human counterpart John Smith during the episodes “Family of Blood” and “Human Nature.” What is less known is the real world journals of the fantastical, surreal, and futuristic. There are many instances of mysterious collections from fairly unknown artists. Aside from dreamers such as Jules Verne and Leonardo Da Vinci, here are some stunning examples of people who dreamed of distant things, and felt compelled to put those dreams on paper.


The Box of Crazy

The Box of Crazy was found in 2008 in an alley in Ashville, NC by a Reddit user. To our benefit he photographed and posted every single page on Instagram for viewing and speculation. Unfortuanately, his companion commentary set the tone of the ensuing discussion, leading most people to dismiss the contents of the box as the ravings of a lunatic. Cipher Mysteries ran a piece on the box, including a pretty shrewd guess as to who the author was, although nothing is known about his life, death, or visions. Some guess that they may have been inspired by the book of Ezekial, or perhaps the horrific experience of a tornado. But who can say for sure what he really saw? After all, John Smith’s book would have been dismissed as crazy as well.


The Sonora Aero Club

Sonora Aero ClubLike the Box of Crazy, the drawings of the Sonora Aero Club where tossed out on the curb as trash in 1960. Consisting of 12 notebooks they purport to be the records of a secret aeronautic club and contain everything from secret codes to drawings of fantastical flying machines. They were later discovered to be the works of Charles August Albert Dellschau, a butcher living at the turn of the century. Unlike the Box of Crazy, probably due to its much greater age, the Sonora Aero Club drawings are quite valuable, and they even had a book written about them.


The Voynich Manuscript

Voynich ManuscriptThe Voynich Manuscript is less of a journal of impossible things, and more of an impossible journal. It appears to be an encyclopedia of some sort, with one obvious flaw–no one can read it. It has defied the world’s best cryptographers and code-breakers for centuries, leading many a frustrated expert to conclude that it must be plain gibberish. It dates back to the early 15th century, and theories about its creation span from an elaborate forgery, to holding the secrets of the free masons. The author is unknown, although it has been attributed to everyone from Da Vinci to Roger Bacon. The book itself is priceless, due to its age and cultural impact, but if you want to try your hand at deciphering it, a facsimile is available online.

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