Saturday, June 23, 2007

Strange case of the bookfish

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1626 Vox Piscis and the strange case of the ichthiobibliophage

At the markets in the university town of Cambridge, England, the air was full of the sounds of expressions of amazement and wonder when a fishmonger discovered something remarkable while cleaning a cod fish caught off the coast of King's Lynn.

A certain scholar and theologian by the name of Dr Joseph Mede, a fellow of Christ's College Cambridge, was taking a stroll through the markets as it was perhaps his custom to do on a Tuesday. Hearing the hubbub, he hurried over to see what the fuss was all about. His scholastic knowledge was particularly welcome amongst the many illiterate market stallholders and shoppers, for Mede could read and identify the tiny sextodecimo book that had just been cut from the belly of the cod fish ...

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