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Jake didn’t think he’d become a writer when he was growing up in southern Saskatchewan, Canada, but fate had another idea. After barely squeaking through grade 9 English, by the luck of the draw Jake found himself with the most inspiring literature instructor his small town had ever known, and grade 10 English changed his life! Suddenly, evenings once spent at the hockey rink were spent curled up on the couch with the best of Hemingway, Dickens, and John Grisham. A valedictorian address and English degree at the University of Regina later, Jake is proud to call Heywise his favorite place to pen informative quizzes about all his passion projects. If you’re reading a post and pick up a hint of classic English literature, you’re probably reading something by Jake - especially if you come away feeling like a slightly better person for it.
The book was an old unpublished manuscript that belonged to Leonardo Da Vinci. It sold in 1994 to a man known as William H. Gates, formerly an anonymous buyer.
The name may sound familiar, but something isn't quite right. That's because he is now known as Bill Gates. At the time, he asked to remain anonymous, but Microsoft eventually announced that he was indeed the buyer of this $30 million book of 300 illustrations and scientific writings.
But why? Well, he ended up sharing the Codex with museums, but eventually kept it for private use as his most prized possession. It is now known as the Codex Hammer and was likely written in the first decade of the 16th century.
It has so many speculations and theories that any fan of Leonardo, science, or conspiracies would want it. One question it asks is "Why the sky is blue?" Along with that, it has accurate predictions of the submarine and the steam engine. Since Da Vinci loved tricks and games, he wrote some of the words backward so you would have to read it in front of a mirror. This would let only the brightest of people in on his theories. People like Bill Gates, the richest man in the world.
Pretty expensive book for a guy whose favorite band is Weezer. The second most expensive book in the world sold for just $11 million and was purchased by the entire German government. What was it? The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict.
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