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TTC Subway System

Toronto Subway System Becomes Sentient, Reads Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’

On Wednesday, a video of a talking elevator was posted to YouTube and Twitter by Michelle Porter. According to Porter, she was waiting for her train around 6:30pm when she heard a voice. Upon investigating, she found an elevator speaker playing an audio recording of Inferno, the fourth novel in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code series.



I have so many questions, but the Nancy Drews of Reddit have already brought light to the mystery. One user suspected that the audiobook might be the default test file for the Toronto Transit Commission’s audio system. Another suggested an employee accidentally left on their microphone while listening to Dan Brown’s novel.


“It’s a bit of a strange situation,” said TTC spokesperson Kadeem Griffiths, who believes the latter is the answer to the mystery. Employees are allowed to play podcasts or listen to music or audiobooks at a low volume during their shifts. Griffiths believes a fare collector answered a call from the elevator and forgot to disconnect after they helped whatever Toronto citizen was in need. As such, “the gripping tales of professor Robert Langdon ended up being broadcast far beyond the four walls of the collector’s booth.” Griffiths went on to say that there will be no disciplinary action, as it was an honest mistake. 


The TTC Twitter, however, went with a much more entertaining version of events:



Featured Image Via Twitter. 

Ritman Library Text

Thanks to Dan Brown, 3,500 Occult Texts Will Be Available Online for Free!

Did you know The Da Vinci Code‘s Dan Brown has a love for obscure religious and occult books and artifacts? Hey, me neither, but considering the author just donated €300,000 to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, also known as the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica House of Living Books, it’s safe to say he does.


The generous donation will allow the Ritman to digitize thousands of “pre-1900 texts on alchemy, astrology, magic, and theosophy,” reported Thu-Huong Ha, including the Corpus Hermeticum (1472), Giordano Bruno’s Spaccio de la bestia trionfante (1584), and “the first printed version of the tree of life: a graphic representation of the sefirot, the ten virtues of God according to the Kabbalah (1516).


The Ritman has called Brown “a great admirer of the library”. The author visited the library on multiple occasions while writing his novels The Lost Symbol and Inferno, and now he’s giving back. “Some 3,500 ancient books” will soon be available in an online archive called “Hermetically Open”.



Check out this trailer for an upcoming documentary about the Ritman, which was founded by Joost R. Ritman in 1984. The library holds over 20,000 volumes covering mysticism, spirituality, religion, alchemy, Gnosticism, and thanks to Dan Brown, a large portion of the collection will soon be available online!



Featured Image Via the King Baudouin Foundation.