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1964: Oh, My Mangled Head!

In his book Alice in Many Tongues (1964), Warren Weaver spends the last chapter using a curious method to evaluate various translations of Alice in Wonderland. He takes the same passage from each translation—a portion of the Mad Tea-Party—and asks … Continue reading

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1946: First They Came

Although this is one of the world’s most famous poems, there is no definitive version of it. Indeed, there is no clear evidence that its author, the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, ever put it into poetic form. Several variations exist, … Continue reading

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1960: Fasten Your Seatbelts

Based on a novel by Stanisław Lem, the 1960 East German/Polish film The Silent Star is set in the future of 1970, when explorations in the Gobi desert unearth an strange crystalline object containing a fragmentary message from Venus. It … Continue reading

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1991: Time’s Arrow

In Martin Amis’s 1991 novel, Time’s Arrow, time flows backwards. It’s not simply that the events are narrated in reverse order; rather, it’s as if the characters were in a film being show in reverse. Here’s how eating works, for … Continue reading

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1903: Ship of the Desert

This publicity image of the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II in front of the Great Pyramids of Egypt was painted in the Otto Bollhagen studios around the time of the ship’s completion in 1903.  During World War I, the ship was … Continue reading

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1824: Evening

Caspar David Friedrich: Evening with Clouds (1824)

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1795: Zozozozozozozozozozozozo, zirrhading!

From Johann Matthäus Bechstein’s Gemeinnützige Naturgeschichte Deutschlands nach allen drey Reichen: ein Handbuch zur deutlichern und vollständigern Selbstbelehrung besonders für Forstmänner, Jugendlehrer und Oekonomen, volume 4 (1795): Twenty-four different strains or couplets may be reckoned in the song of a … Continue reading

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