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Nick Cave: Mercy on Me!

Musician, novelist, score composer and occasional actor: Nick Cave is a Renaissance man. His wide-ranging artistic output has always demonstrated an extraordinary gift for storytelling.

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Largest known prime number with 24,862,048 digits

There’s a new behemoth in the ongoing search for ever-larger prime numbers — and it’s nearly 25 million digits long.

A prime is a number that can be divided only by two whole numbers: itself and 1. The newly discovered number is what’s known as a Mersenne prime, named for a French monk named Marin Mersenne who studied primes some 350 years ago.

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The Library of Babel

Everything you’ve ever said and everything you ever will say was already written in The Library of Babel.

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Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum on which it is written has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and it may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish-Samogitian book dealer who purchased it in 1912.

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Dødedans – Perhaps the world’s heaviest LP cover

“Dødedans” (death dance) is an artwork made exclusively in 66 editions.
The release is made in collaboration between the musician and the sculptor

The cover artwork part is a three kilo heavy LP artwork cover of aluminum,
The musical artwork part presents clarinet and saxophone improvisations, cut on a transparent vinyl wich is laid inside the heavy cover in a milled recess

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Codex Seraphinianus

Codex Seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during 30 months from 1976 to 1978

The Mexican Fisherman

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A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

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