This post at Jeff's Game Blog caught my attention and set me to wondering: what if Tolkien was somehow involved, not in the faking of the Voynich Manuscript, but in a clandestine attempt to decipher it? That makes sense, given his skill in linguistics and philology. Then, given my fondness for Cryptonomicon and my slow-to-get-off-the-ground alt-history WWII game, I started to wonder "what if Tolkien wasn't just playing around with the Voynich Manuscript, but was involved in a serious cryptography effort in WWII?" That led me to Tolkien's Wikipedia Page to get some dates nailed down. What did I find? Tolkien was actually asked to serve in the cryptography department of the Foreign Office in 1939. Whoah! Later, he was told he wasn't needed.
Well, in my world, Professor, you are very much needed. The Nazi's are up to something and we can't quite make it out.