In 1900, a sealed cave was discovered in China's Gansu province containing 1,100 scrolls and 15,000 Buddhist texts. Believed to have been sealed around 1002, the last recorded date, the cave contained lost texts and the earliest dated printed book, a copy of the Diamond Sutra printed in 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mog…
A 3600-year-old ancient Egyptian papyrus is the oldest known surgical text and contains the earliest recorded use of the word β€œbrain” and suggests using raw meat to stop bleeding. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
What the West knows of Aristotle comes largely from Latin translations by Roman Catholic monks of Spanish Jewish recitations of Arabic Muslim texts translated from Syriac using surviving fragments of Koine Greek documents that quoted him second-hand from Attic Greek sources. encyclopedia.com/humaniti…
The authors of Medieval texts would get bored and draw doodles... atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Soviets bugged US Embassy and Consulate typewriters with one of the world's first keyloggers. It was a long bit of circuitry inside a supporting bar in the typewriter, capturing text by measuring magnetic disturbance as the print head moved. This was sent by radio bursts to the Soviets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
The solution to the world's largest math problem, calculated in 2016 using a supercomputer, takes up 200 TB of text (equal to the entire content of the world’s largest library). The award for solving the problem, posed in the 1980s, was $100, and was given to the three researchers who solved it techtimes.com/articles/16…
Stoicism had a profound impact on Christianity, with some of the central concepts of Stoicism still being used in religious texts today, such as "virtue", "Spirit" and "conscience". Stoicism also invented the idea that sex is just within marriage, for unitive and procreative purposes only. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
In Japan, beer cans have braille text on them so blind people do not mistake them for soft drinks vinepair.com/articles/bra…
More language ability leads to greater use of text shorthand. Less language ability leads to less use of textisms. In a study of people with specific language impairment, they used less textisms compared to normally developing peers. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Starting in 1817, the first year curriculum at West Point consisted solely of mathematics and French classes. The best available textbooks were in French, so all cadets had to learn French so they could read their math texts. maa.org/book/export/html/…
According to most Buddhist traditions, there have been several Buddhas. Indeed, "The" Buddha is the seventh one mentioned by name in Pali Buddhist texts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
To avoid confusion, television broadcasts of 'Inception' in Japan include text in the corner of the screen to remind viewers which level of the dream each scene takes place in. famousfix.com/topic/incep…
The standard text-to-speech voice we hear so often is the voice of Jon Briggs, who also did the voice-over narration for the UK edition of The Weakest Link. His text-to-speech voice was the original British voice for Siri. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Due to its isolated location, the Icelandic language has changed very little from its original roots. Modern Icelandics can still read texts written in the 10th Century with relative ease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
The 8 largest prime numbers currently known are all numbers that are one less than a power of two. The current largest one is 2^(82,589,933) βˆ’ 1, a number which has 24,862,048 digits when written in base 10. If it was saved to disk, the resulting text file would be nearly 25 megabytes long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned of Matthias Buchinger who despite being born 2'5" and limbless was known for his incredibly detailed micrographs, illustrations consisting of tiny text. He is also rumored to have had children by 70 mistresses, his fame so widespread that "Buckinger's boot" existed as a euphemism for vagina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Only two fragments of text predating Christianization in (Old High) German still survive, which refer to pagan beliefs. They are magic spells dating from the 9th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
The Epic of Gilgamesh is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature and the second oldest religious text. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
Despite being described in ancient texts as foreign invaders and barbarians; the Hyksos were born in Egypt, had lived there for centuries, practiced international diplomacy, were culturally diverse, and greatly contributed to Egyptian culture. They even introduced the iconic horse and chariot. arce.org/resource/hyksos
Following John F Kennedy's assassination, VP Lyndon B Johnson was to take the oath of office as president. Someone found a book with a cross on it on a side table in President Kennedy's cabin on Air Force One and assumed it was a bible. It was a missal, a book of Catholic mass texts and verses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
A Russian eagle named "Min" & 3 other eagles being tracked by scientists unexpectedly flew into Iran/Pakistan; the birds racked up so many out-of-network data roaming charges on SMS text transmitters that scientists had to take out a loan & ask for help on social media to pay off the phone bill. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
15 years ago, Berkeley Researchers recovered "typed text using audio recording of keystrokes" berkeley.edu/news/media/r…
The first ever text message or SMS was sent by Engineer Neil Papworth on December 3, 1992 which is "Merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, it ultimately changed technology engadget.com/amp/2017-12-…
The forbidden fruit mentioned in the Book of Genesis is never identified as an apple, a misconception widely depicted in Western art. The original Hebrew texts mention only tree and fruit. Jewish scholars have suggested that the fruit could have been a grape, a fig, an apricot, or an etrog straightdope.com/columns/…
The longest poem in the world is the Mahābhārata, a Hindu text. It's literally 5 times the length of the bible and the Iliad and the odyssey combined! It has 220000 verses and about 1.8 million words en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
, Super Mario Bros. 3 on NES expanded the text field to accommodate for English (Latin) alphabet text, since English text translated from Japanese takes up more character space than equivalent Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji Japanese characters would. tcrf.net/Super_Mario_Bros…
People of the Sintashta culture of the northern Eurasian steppes around 2000 BCE lived in heavily fortified settlements, smelted bronze in every household, invented chariot warfare and had burial rituals closely resembling those described in the oldest sacred text of Hinduism, the Rigveda. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Today I learned about the oldest surviving song. 3400 years old, the Hurrian Hymn was discovered in Syria, in a clay tablet with Cuneiform text. It was dedicated to the goddess of the orchards Nikkal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
A lot of the Marvel graphics and end credits text crawl was made by a studio whose artists are on the autism spectrum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
William Shakespeare wrote a play based on an incident in Miguel de Cervantes's 'Don Quixote'. The text is now lost, but there are two plays by later authors suspected of being reworked versions of Shakespeare's original text with the names of the characters changed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Infinite Monkey Theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter will produce, in an infinite amount of time, any finite text we can think of. This would include, as an example, the complete works of William Shakespeare. towardsdatascience.com/un…
Today I learned about the IBM's System/23 Datamaster, designed to be set-up and operated by first-time computer users, and the predecessor to the PC. This desktop computer weighed 95 lbs, had 256 kB of memory, a text-only display, and cost around $9,000 (equivalent to $25,310 in 2019). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM…
A Russian Black widow bomber blew herself up when her phone company sent her a spam text message, causing her explosive device to explode prematurely. couriermail.com.au/news/s…
During a 1966 film version of Fahrenheit 451, the opening credits were read aloud with no text, since it's about a world without reading matter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The massive ancient library of Ninevah (think: Mesopotamian equivalent of the library of Alexandria) was burnt by the Medes. Unlike a library containing organic documents, the fires treated the ~30,000 clay tablets and preserved the cuneiform text very well rather than destroying it. ancient.eu/nineveh/
In 2012 a 22-year-old man on a business trip sent a wrong-number text to a woman 30 years older; she replied that she'd like to hang out anyway. They went to a concert together, started dating, got married, and in 2019 she needed a kidney transplant and he donated his kidney to her. ksdk.com/article/features…
The first SMS text message ever sent was on December 3, 1992. It was sent by a 22 year old test engineer from his computer to a phone. The message simply read "Merry Christmas". npr.org/2017/12/04/568393…
The word "daily" in the Lord's Prayer ("our daily bread") translates from the ancient Greek word "epiousios," which appears twice in the New Testament and nowhere else in any known ancient Greek text. We're not 100% sure of its meaning-some say it means "necessary" or "for the future" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
When printers started to print books in the 15th century, they used scraps of ancient and medieval parchments to help bind the book. Examining the bindings, historians have reconstructed old texts. Some texts only survive in the modern day in this way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The best-selling English translations of Rumi, the famous 13th Century Persian poet, were done by a woefully underqualified man who doesn't know Persian; never studied Islam or Sufism; took extreme liberties with the original texts; and omitted much of the Islamic references and context newyorker.com/books/page-…
Johann Rudolf Wyss, editor and son of the author of The Swiss Family Robinson, also wrote the text for the former Swiss national anthem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 2010, the Library of Congress announced an exciting and groundbreaking acquisitionβ€”a gift from Twitter of the entire archive of public tweet text beginning with the first tweets of 2006 through 2010, and continuing with all public tweet text going forward. blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/12…
Steppe eagle named Min was set out with SMS tracker attached by Russian researchers. Little did they know Min, a globetrotting eagle appeared in Iran and sent hundreds of texts with roaming rates that bankrupt scientific study. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A 'stereotype' was originally a plaster-cast copy of a block of typeset letters, that printers could use to reprint unchanged text (for example books) without having to re-set the type from scratch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about the play Gatz. It's an eight hour long reenactment of the novel The Great Gatsby. The entire text of the novel is memorized by the cast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The written form of the Finnish language was largely created by one man, who was born at an unknown date somewhere around 1510. The invention of the printing press and the first sails to the Americas predate first texts ever written in Finnish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Today I learned of the Gnostic Gospels. Discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945, these texts carry non-canonical stories of Jesus from the perspectives of Mary Magdalene, Judas, Thomas and others. youtube.com/watch?v=MdR1y…
Based on a 9th-century Taoist text, the invention of gunpowder by Chinese alchemists was likely an accidental byproduct from experiments seeking to create the elixir of life. wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpow…
Oskar Saville, a former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs after Natalie Merchant departed, is now a "transformational energy coach” with rates of $10,000 for 4 months worth of emails and text messages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osk…
An Israeli couple were forced to pay over $2000 for an apartment they never rented because their use of smiley and champagne emojis in a text with the prospective landlord conveyed "great optimism", causing him to take the property off the market. complex.com/life/2017/05/…

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