150 Series

By the Power of Crowdsourcing

For over 150 years, a series of mysterious notes in a medieval copy of Homer’s “Odyssey” left scholars baffled. The handwritten annotations were all over the margins of the 500-year-old manuscript, and were written in a language none of the scholars recognized. Although historians were pretty sure the notes had been made in the mid-1800s, nothing else was known—until the Internet got involved. After collector M.C. Lang offered a $1,000 reward for anyone who could decode the text, amateur cryptographers from across the internet and around the world set to work cracking the code.

The prize was won earlier this year by Italians Daniele Metilli and Giula Accetta. They figured out that the “unknown language” was an obscure form of shorthand invented by Jean Coulon de Thevenot in the late 1700s. The decoded text was actually in French, and appeared to be an amateur translation of the Greek text of the “Odyssey.” As you can imagine, figuring out which obscure European script the notes were written in was quite a task. Metilli is quoted as saying, “If I didn’t have access to online sources such as Google Books, the Greek Word Study Tool of the Perseus Digital Library and the French corpora of the CNRTL, I probably wouldn’t have won. What great times we live in!” 

Sometimes, I feel like the Eyeshield 21 anime doesn’t even try.

No but y’all done forgot the REALEST OTP IN THE SERIES

That is some illegal cuteness right there send them back to jail

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Uniform Wares
150 Series Limited Edition Steel Wristwatch

Uniform Wares’ 150 Series watch is a favourite at MR PORTER, and this limited edition version has been crafted to emphasise the style’s classic, understated cool. The polished steel case contrasts with the black leather strap, while the minimalist face recalls the elegance of mid-century design. On the inside, this piece has a precision Japanese-made quartz movement to provide excellent timekeeping. Designed exclusively for MR PORTER.

"I feel the need.. The need for speed!! Woah!
- Maverick & Goose

They weren’t talking about speed, but this very watch, baby!”

Own it: €268.75