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Happy birthday to Nicolaus Copernicus, born February 19, 1473.
Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543. De revolutionibus orbium caelestium, 1543.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
When it came to creating the area codes for the country, the engineers also made their plans with maximum efficiencies in mind. New York, the most densely populated area of the nation, got 212—2-1-2 containing the lowest number of clicks possible on the rotary phone. Los Angeles got 213—the second-lowest—while Chicago got 312, and Detroit got 313. Anchorage, Alaska, on the other hand, got 907, which required 26 clicks from the person doing the dialing.
Late Victorian mountaineers, including a lady fully dressed and corseted, cross a crevasse in the Alps, 1900 (from Getty Images’ book "Decades of the 20th Century—1900s" by Nick Yapp, scanned by WeirdVintage)
Found evidence of massive snow battle.
Apparently no survivors.
Techie has become a term of derision, but not because we hate nerds. Here in San Francisco and in other cities like it, people are fucking pissed at techies in part because they’re not nerds. They are fundamentally business people, but they happen to be in the tech industry.
As a Time Warner customer, the most surprising aspect of this merger is to find out it’s a real company, not a pile of raccoons and twigs.
1700-year-old blackboard emerges
From underneath the sand of an Egyptian desert, an astonishing find: an intact classroom dating back 1700 years, with the schoolmaster’s writing still on the “blackboard” - a wall, in this case. The properties of the environment (dry, warm) no doubt contributed to the pristine preservation of the schoolmaster’s writing: the ancient Greek letters look like they were written last week. The word “imitate” is found next to the text, which indicates that the pupils were supposed to copy the text, likely onto wax tablets, per custom in this age. The text on the blackboard itself is equally remarkable. Referring to Homer’s Odyssey, it discusses the use of opium as a drug - which, according to the red writing, “takes away grief and anger, and brings forgetfulness of every ill.” A model text to be copied by young children that advertises the beneficial properties of a recreational drug: it’s a remarkable find all around.
Pic: Paola Davoli / 2.5 Generic. Though discovered some years ago, the news was reported on various websites on 11 February, 2014. I used this one from Live Science as a source for the images and the information (images of the classroom are found there, too).
You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file. We don’t want [library patrons] being surveilled because that will inhibit learning, and reading, and creativity.
Alan Inouye, American Library Association
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