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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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, …