Codex Gigas: the mysterious Devil’s Bible 
29 September 2022 | 12:22 pm

I’ve covered a few codices on the site including Codex Seraphinianus, Codex Argenteus, and Codex Regius. But there’s a giant one with a sinister edge: Codex Gigas. What is Codex Gigas? Codex Gigas is a medieval manuscript from the 13th century, written by a monk from Bohemia (now part of modern Czechia/Czech Republic). The name literally means …

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When ketchup won the catsup war
28 September 2022 | 9:14 pm

Sam Lin-Sommer chronicled Heinz Tomato Ketchup’s victory of catsup for tomato sauce supremacy in Atlas Obscura. It came down to marketing, and an attack on those using preservatives: Thanks in part to high-quality ingredients, Heinz’s new tomato ketchup cost two to three times more than its competitors. But the price increase also paid for the …

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Kenyan art made from flip flops
27 September 2022 | 8:11 pm

A company in Kenya turns old flip flops into amazing works of art that have garnered the attention of millions, including the Pope. “Flip-flop waste is a global problem. We have received numerous inquiries from India, Indonesia, Brazil. They have the same problem, and they’ve asked us when can we come and set up shop …

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