Top Ten Hilarious Mistakes of The Da Vinci Code

“All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate”, read the ‘Fact Page’ of the Da Vinci Code. Here are the top ten hilarious mistakes of the Da Vinci Code.

1.      Throughout the book ‘The Da Vinci Code, Leonardo Da Vinci is referred as Da Vinci.

Leonardo Da Vinci is simply known as ‘Leonardo’ (1452-1519). Da Vinci is a reference to Leonardo’s place of origin.

2.       Walt Disney was a devotee of the Mary Magdalene cult: ‘Once you open your eyes to [Mary Magdalene as] the Holy Grail,’ [fictional character Robert] Langdon said, ‘you see her everywhere.’ Langdon held up his Mickey Mouse watch and told her that Walt Disney had made it his quiet life’s work to pass on the Grail story to future generations” (261).

Mark Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to Disney, told the Culture & Family Institute: “I’d give it no credence    whatever.” The mention of Disney as a devotee of the Grail in The Da Vinci Code “is the first that I’d read about it

3.       Isaac Newton was one of the grand masters of ‘the Priory of Zion’ that kept the ‘secrets’ of Christ. Alexander Pope spoke at the funeral of Isaac Newton.

Isaac Newton was a devoted Christian and was not a grand master of non existent ‘the Priory of Zion’. Iin fact in his foreword to ‘Principia Mathematica’, he claimed that it was his Christian belief that motivated him to do science. He believed Bible as the word of God. He wrote “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily." At the time of his death, he left more than a million words of notes on the Bible. Six years after his death, Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John was published. Alexander Pope did not speak at Isaac Newton's funeral, but rather, wrote the epitaph that appeared on a monument to Newton in Westminster Abbey erected years after his burial.

4.       The Pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris has exactly “666” panes of glass. (DVC p. 21)

When Dan Brown claims the pyramid outside the Louvre has 666 panes of glass, he is simply repeating an urban legend of unknown origin. Obviously, Brown is attempting to make some connection between the Pyramid and the “Mark of the Beast” in Revelation 13.Designed by the famous architect I. M. Pei (who also designed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!), the pyramid has 603 diamond-shaped and 70 triangular panes.2Thus, the total is 673 panes of glass. Completed in 1989, the pyramid was part of an overall renovation of the Louvre completed in 1993. Since the Louvre was originally a palace, it had always served rather awkwardly as a museum. The renovation was intended to make the ancient palace a more inviting museum. See  for a detailed description of the pyramid.

  5.       Brown claims that the motions of the planet Venus trace a pentacle (the so-called Ishtar pentagram) symbolizing the goddess.But it isn't a perfect figure and

has nothing to do with the length of the Olympiad. The ancient Olympic games were celebrated in honor of Zeus Olympias, not Aphrodite, and occurred every four years.

 6.       Brown's contention that the five linked rings of the modern Olympic Games are a secret tribute to the goddess.

It is also wrong-each set of games was supposed to add a ring to the design but the organizers stopped at five.

7.       According to Dan Brown Tarot cards teach goddess doctrine.They were

invented for innocent gaming purposes in the 15th century and didn't acquire occult associations until the late 18th. Playing-card suites carry no Grail symbolism. The notion of diamonds symbolizing pentacles is a deliberate misrepresentation by British occultist A. E. Waite. And the number five-so crucial to Brown's puzzles-has some connections with the protective goddess but myriad others besides, including human life, the five senses, and the Five Wounds of Christ.

8.       Leonardo accepted hundreds of lucrative Vatican commissions. (DVC 45)

Leonardo actually received only one Vatican commission.

9.       Leonardo invented the name “Mona Lisa” as an anagram derived from “Amon” and “Isis.” The painting is intended to communicate the divine union of male and female.

Leonardo himself did not name the painting! He never titled any of his works. The name “Mona Lisa” originates in 1550 book by Giorgio Vasari titled Lives of the Artists and he is the first to call it Mona Lisa. It was known by several other names prior to this.

10.   PHI is the precise number 1.618. (DVC 94)

The character Robert Langdon incorrectly denotes f in capital letters as PHIand also incorrectly defines phi in terms of the inexact approximation of 1.618. Actually, phi is the infinite non-repeating decimal 1.6180339887 . . . (ad infinitum). As one website comments, “Phi, like pi, is an irrational number that can’t be expressed as the ratio of a whole number. However, you can see where an explanation like that might not fly in a beach book.” 

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