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Re: VMS -- Blue Plants

Hello, all.

There is also the possibility that the blue plants were originally in fact
green, with the colour having faded over the ~500 years since the
manuscript was written. This might happen if, for example, the artist
used a mixture of blue and yellow with the yellow dye being less stable. A
chemical analysis would be the best way to check this, as the remnants of
the yellow dye should still be present on the page. Anyway, this is
perhaps a more likely possibility than some of the others (say, blue

Best wishes,

Greg Stachowski

On Mon, 18 Jun 2001, Dana F. Scott wrote:

> focus). What can we deduce about the color blue? We can jot down a list of
> possibilities which actually isn't too long:
> - The author of the VMS was indeed colorblind.
> - The author didn't care about or really know the true color of the flowers and
> just guessed.
> - The drawings were originally done all in B/W and color was added later by some
> unknown individual without the approval of the author of the VMS.
> - Blue really does occur in all these plants, which will be evident once
> properly identified.
> - Blue was used in experimentation as a dye added to the water so that it could
> be absorbed through the roots to examine the flow of fluids within the plant.
> - The plant colors have special significance (perhaps religious in nature) to
> the author.
> - Hybrid varieties of the plants were developed with the color blue being a
> primary goal.
> - The color blue is a part of an elaborate hoax to further entice a potential
> buyer of the VMS.
> - Color is used as a form of experimental code to label the flowers an plants
> while being examined.


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