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2nd Feb '16 10:21:20 AM Theriocephalus
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* Teabing and Langdon explain that English is the preferred mode of communication by the Priory of Sion as it is the "Lingua Pura", the pure tongue, the only European language unadulterated by the Papist Latin. While there really is no European language that was not influenced by Latin to some degree, the choice of English is particularly stupid. While it is a Germanic language (as opposed to Latin, which is in the Romance language family), it has borrowed heavily from French (a Latin-derived language) due to the Norman Conquest and later from Latin directly during the Renaissance. There is really no reason for the Priory to communicate in English when there are so many other languages that fit the criteria better like Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, or Greek (all of which Renaissance scholars, but obviously not Brown, knew well about, and several of which--particularly Arabic,[[note]]from the thriving Italian trade with the Middle East[[/note]] Hebrew,[[note]]from Biblical study[[/note]] and most especially Greek[[note]]from Biblical and Classical studies[[/note]]). '''The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code'''
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* Teabing and Langdon explain that English is the preferred mode of communication by the Priory of Sion as it is the "Lingua Pura", the pure tongue, the only European language unadulterated by the Papist Latin. While there really is no European language that was not influenced by Latin to some degree, the choice of English is particularly stupid. While it is a Germanic language (as opposed to Latin, which is in the Romance language family), it has borrowed heavily from French (a Latin-derived language) due to the Norman Conquest and later from Latin directly during the Renaissance. There is really no reason for the Priory to communicate in English when there are so many other languages that fit the criteria better like Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, or Greek (all of which Renaissance scholars, but obviously not Brown, knew well about, and several of which--particularly were very familiar with, particularly Arabic,[[note]]from the thriving Italian trade with the Middle East[[/note]] Hebrew,[[note]]from Biblical study[[/note]] and most especially Greek[[note]]from Biblical and Classical studies[[/note]]). '''The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code'''
14th Dec '15 6:41:46 AM VVK
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* A news commentator says that Ventresca was elected pope by "Adoration" when the crowd cheered him after they thought he had saved Vatican City from the antimatter. First, the proper term is "Election by Acclamation". Second, although Election by Acclamation hadn't been used since 1676, it became impossible in 1996 by Papal decree. Third, Acclamation required a spontaneous unanimous proclamation by the electors present (not the crowd outside) that a person should be Pope. A crowd cheering somebody's name would not be sufficient. ''[[AC: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acclamation_(Papal_elections) Wikipedia]]]]''
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* A news commentator says that Ventresca was elected pope by "Adoration" when the crowd and cardinals cheered him after they thought he had saved Vatican City from the antimatter. First, the proper term is "Election by Acclamation". Second, although Election by Acclamation hadn't been used since 1676, it became impossible in 1996 by Papal decree. Third, Acclamation required a spontaneous unanimous proclamation by the electors present (not the crowd outside) that a person should be Pope. A crowd cheering somebody's name would not be sufficient. ''[[AC: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acclamation_(Papal_elections) Wikipedia]]]]''

** In the novel, it was the "electors present", not only the crowd, that cheered: all the cardinals were moved by the crowd to chant, and in doing so, gave their consent. The other two points are valid, however.
11th Dec '15 12:19:11 AM Llygodenfawr
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* The novel mentions special "Improvised munitions"--weapons that are capable of firing water at sufficient speed to shatter bones or turn sand or ice into bullets. In reality, "Improvised Munitions" in military jargon means something else entirely, and of those possibilities mentioned, only the first one is feasible; water bullets are use in bomb disposal since it is incompressible and a poor conductor of electricity. Turning sand into glass bullets however, would require a power source too big to conveniently carry and ice bullets were shown to be ineffective. [[AC:[[http://mythbustersresults.com/episode1 Mythbusters]]]].
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* The novel mentions special "Improvised munitions"--weapons that are capable of firing water at sufficient speed to shatter bones or turn sand or ice into bullets. In reality, "Improvised Munitions" in military jargon means something else entirely, and of those possibilities mentioned, only the first one is feasible; water bullets are use used in bomb disposal since it is incompressible and a poor conductor of electricity. Turning sand into glass bullets however, would require a power source too big to conveniently carry and ice bullets were shown to be ineffective. [[AC:[[http://mythbustersresults.com/episode1 Mythbusters]]]].
11th Dec '15 12:16:16 AM Llygodenfawr
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* It's a major plot point that the NSA's (fictional) supercomputer cannot decrypt a particular ciphertext which it received recently. This is taken as absolute proof that the cipertext was encrypted with some sort of Ultimate Encryption Technique which is tough enough to beat the supercompuer. Absolutely no one mentions the obvious alternative: the supposed ciphertext is simply ''random data'', and it can't be decrypted simply because it's ''random'' and therefore ''it contains no actual information''.
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* It's a major plot point that the NSA's (fictional) supercomputer cannot decrypt a particular ciphertext which it received recently. This is taken as absolute proof that the cipertext ciphertext was encrypted with some sort of Ultimate Encryption Technique which is tough enough to beat the supercompuer.supercomputer. Absolutely no one mentions the obvious alternative: the supposed ciphertext is simply ''random data'', and it can't be decrypted simply because it's ''random'' and therefore ''it contains no actual information''.
11th Dec '15 12:03:14 AM Llygodenfawr
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dashes aren't used that way
** This one was simply insulting - Brown portrayed the Spanish healthcare system as useless and incompetent - in fact, it is ranked 7th in the World by the WHO (for comparison, the USA's is 37th).
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** This one was simply insulting - insulting: Brown portrayed the Spanish healthcare health care system as useless and incompetent - incompetent; in fact, it is ranked 7th in the World by the WHO (for comparison, the USA's is 37th).
18th Nov '15 3:11:30 PM AthelstanRex927
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* Teabing and Langdon explains the whole idea of upward pointed arrows representing a lance, or penis, while a downward pointing arrow is a chalice, or vulva. Teabing then tries to connect this to military insignia, claiming that "the more penises a solider has, the higher his rank." A quick glance at [[http://www.militaryfactory.com/ranks/army_ranks.asp American]] and [[https://www.army.mod.uk/structure/32321.aspx British]] Army ranks, to provide two examples out of the ''whole world'', will show that the lower ranks use both symbols, and officer ranks use neither.
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* Teabing and Langdon explains the whole idea of upward pointed arrows representing a lance, or penis, while a downward pointing arrow is a chalice, or vulva. Teabing then tries to connect this to military insignia, claiming that "the more penises a solider soldier has, the higher his rank." A quick glance at [[http://www.militaryfactory.com/ranks/army_ranks.asp American]] and [[https://www.army.mod.uk/structure/32321.aspx British]] Army ranks, to provide two examples out of the ''whole world'', will show that the lower ranks use both symbols, and officer ranks use neither.
7th Oct '15 2:41:06 PM VVK
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Vague speculation and not very good.
** Which, to be absolutely fair, might be the point.
18th Sep '15 10:55:54 AM HowlingSnail
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* Right in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 fraking]] title. "The [My-Father-Was-]From-Vince Code" should be a red flag to Leonardo Da Vinci studiers of the [[DanBrowned Dan Browning]] from the very title. ''[[AC: [[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-08-30/entertainment/17504962_1_holy-grail-da-vinci-code-master-draftsman SF Gate Article]]]]''
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* Right in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 fraking]] title. "The [My-Father-Was-]From-Vince from Vinci Code" should be a red flag to Leonardo Da Vinci studiers of the [[DanBrowned Dan Browning]] from the very title. ''[[AC: [[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-08-30/entertainment/17504962_1_holy-grail-da-vinci-code-master-draftsman SF Gate Article]]]]''
23rd Aug '15 9:20:50 AM blackshadow111
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** Which, to be absolutely fair, might be the point.
27th Jun '15 4:27:49 PM nombretomado
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* Right in the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic fraking]] title. "The [My-Father-Was-]From-Vince Code" should be a red flag to Leonardo Da Vinci studiers of the [[DanBrowned Dan Browning]] from the very title. ''[[AC: [[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-08-30/entertainment/17504962_1_holy-grail-da-vinci-code-master-draftsman SF Gate Article]]]]''
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* Right in the [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 fraking]] title. "The [My-Father-Was-]From-Vince Code" should be a red flag to Leonardo Da Vinci studiers of the [[DanBrowned Dan Browning]] from the very title. ''[[AC: [[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-08-30/entertainment/17504962_1_holy-grail-da-vinci-code-master-draftsman SF Gate Article]]]]''
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