Decoding Da Vinci: Examines Glitches in the 'Code'

Atlanta, GA (May 17, 2006) - One reason for the success of "The Da Vinci Code" is how author Dan Brown blurs the line between fantasy and reality. But exactly which elements are historical facts and which are fiction have been the constant source of heated arguments that have only intensified with the anticipated release of the best-seller's film version this Friday.

Award-winning and trusted resource Web site,, objectively separates the facts from the myths in its newest featured article "How the Da Vinci Code Doesn't Work."

"The article is not intended to be a critique of the book. Instead, it offers an unbiased analysis of the book's facts and details. It objectively explains a lot of points that might be misinterpreted as being real," said HowStuffWorks' staff writer, Tracy V. Wilson.

Some of the many "mistruths" from the book that are debunked in the comprehensive HowStuffWorks article include:

  • Harvard not having a "department of symbology"
  • The Louvre not having just one supreme curator, but 60 (the Mona Lisa, in fact, has its own dedicated curator)
  • An explanation of how a GPS receiver could not have been thrown away in a bar of soap
  • A description of the limitations and color of most albinos' eyes
  • An explanation of what a "scotoma" really is

"How the Da Vinci Code Doesn't Work" is just one of thousands of topics explained by HowStuffWorks in a clear, easy-to-understand format that appeals to all age/education levels.


Michele Wisch


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