A historian recently found what appears to be a drawing of Yoda in a book from the Middle Ages. How did it get there?
A historian and author named Damien Kempf was recently searching through books from the Middle Ages and stumbled onto a jarring, seemingly anachronistic discovery. And it’s NOT that his was inadvertently becoming the plot of a future Nicolas Cage movie.
In a manuscript from the 1300s, there was an illustration of a character that bears an uncanny resemblance to Yoda.
The drawing is part of the retelling of the story of Samson (not sure what a big-eared alien in robes has to do with Samson, but hey, those Medieval imaginations ran wild).
The resemblance is so strong and hypnotizing that it took about 15 times before I noticed the phallic symbol in the bottom right corner of the picture.
So how did Yoda get into a book from the Middle Ages? Let’s throw out 11 crazy theories, from most likely to least likely.
1 | Confirmation bias on our parts on a random coincidence.
2 | The drawing and Yoda are both loosely modeled after goats.
3 | An insanely detailed viral marketing campaign by this author for his new book about Medieval monsters.
He IS getting a lot more press thanks to this than he ever would’ve without “accidentally” discovering Yoda.
4 | An insanely detailed viral marketing campaign by Disney for the new Star Wars movie.
They just kind hoped someone would notice this book they planted in the British Library in time.
5 | The book was planted by Star Wars fans as a prank.
Let’s see Star Trek fans do something that devious.
6 | George Lucas didn’t just rip off Samurai movies, he ripped off whatever he could get his hands on.
That includes character design from a medieval manuscript he happened to read during a trip to London (that I assume he went on).
7 | Everything from Star Wars is based off the Bible.
Han Solo is, like, Moses or something. This is more of a DIY metaphor.
8 | The Force.
I know that’s not really what the Force does, but maybe it has evolved.
9 | Humanity is really just a reality show (as per the theory proposed by South Park).
And the producers got sloppy and accidentally reused a character in two key pieces of our pop culture: the Bible and Star Wars
10 | Time travelers did it.
11 | Time travelers did it because they read about it on this website.