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05:15:01 PM Oct 22nd 2014
"The idea that papyrus could easily be destroyed by vinegar. Papyrus is sturdy enough to hold itself together for 2-3 millenia and vellum can survive for hours sunken in concentrated hydrochloric acid. A few drops of vinegar would just make some stains."

Papyrus and vellum aren't the same thing; the former is an early form of paper made of reeds and the latter is, essentially, very fine leather. Animal skin holds up to acid much, much better than cellulose. It's actually quite plausible that vinegar could dissolve very old papyrus, and how well vellum survives acid exposure is completely irrelevant. The only really improbable bit is that there would still be liquid vinegar in the trap.
11:29:22 PM Jun 17th 2013
Has anyone been to NASA headquarters and confirm that Dan Brown's depiction is indeed correct? Namely, those fancy water fountains and spacecrafts does indeed exist? Cuz, from what Google street view shows, it does not fit the description of "Glass Mammoth", and NASA is too poor to be fancy. No the bridge on second floor does not count. It is very mundane. Remember that the "FACT" notice includes architecture as well.
08:57:07 PM Jun 15th 2014
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I don't about Nasa, but I can give a 2nd hand account of the inaccuracy of the depiction of the Papal Library in Angels and Demons. My Art History professor in undergrad focused on Italian Renaissance and spent a year in Rome, during which she was given permission to look through and reference the documents there. Apparently there was 1 guy at the door, he told her not to hold any writing implements over the books, and then she was left to it. She wouldn't have even had any gloves if she hadn't brought some curator gloves with her. The books were stacked normally on shelves and it was all about as low tech as humanly possible, if I remember right they didn't even have a computer catalogue.
08:59:05 PM Jun 15th 2014
On another note, from the way she spoke it wasn't a big deal to get permission to go there either. She just had to send in a letter with her accreditations and state what she intended to use the info towards (in this case a scholarly book about the Renaissance).
05:05:45 AM May 31st 2013
Has anyone read his Inferno yet?
10:16:54 AM Aug 23rd 2012
Just for clarification. 'Abrahadabra' is of Thelemic origin, and is most likely a bastardized form of Arabic "avara ha davara" (doing like saying). The original term comes from very similar Aramaic 'ivra k'divra' (also spelled ibra k'dibra', as the 'bet' letter with no diacritics can be read either as 'b' or 'v'). So the assumption made in the book in partially correct. It is the language that is wrong.

09:08:47 AM Feb 28th 2011
Since this page has to be rebuilt, could the Admin or someone post the original page so we can add citations to existing entries, rather than have to try and remember everything that was on it?
08:47:30 AM Feb 28th 2011
edited by Lawyerdude
I re-posted the bit about election by acclamation with a Wikipedia article link. I know the header says "no Religious discussion", but I think that the election thing should be included, since the book misrepresents an official and verifiable matter of procedure in the Catholic Church.
03:39:18 AM Feb 26th 2011
Why has the entire page disappeared?
08:23:24 AM Feb 28th 2011
It appears that the list got so long and nattery that the Powers That Be decided to require notability on all claims. Not really sure why, but there you go.
06:19:26 PM Mar 25th 2011
I cut it on accident when I was cutting the DNDTR pages for DNDTR not being a trope. Very sorry.
03:48:41 PM Feb 10th 2011
Never mind, I thought that it was a DNDTR page instead on A Dan Browned page.
07:03:12 PM Feb 12th 2011
Unfortunately, it got cut anyhow. Looks like it'll have to be rebuilt from scratch...
02:27:08 AM Dec 27th 2010
If the anti-Dan Brown crowd wants to garner an image outside of the "I Will Do Anything to Spite the Guy Who Said Somethin' 'Bout My Religion" look, they've got to stop filling this page with the glib, the pedantic, and editorials. I try to be impartial about anything until I can look up the facts myself, but the very fact that you all are trying this hard frankly doesn't speak well of what you have to say.
03:44:41 AM Aug 1st 2010
edited by joeyjojo
* He didn't even bother to do any research on CERN for Angels And Demons if he had, he might have noticed that creating antimatter in the LHC wasn't a great breakthrough, seeing as the accelerator they used before they built the LHC collided matter and antimatter together.

* You can't walk out with anti-matter. Generating antimatter is a complex and difficult process. Trying to contain it is even more complex. The small amount that they do manage to generate is stored in a massive cylinder which requires constant magnetic containment. Try getting that out of the CERN building!

If i remember correctly creating antimatter in large amounts along with more efficient containment, were cover as breakthroughs in-story.
08:26:06 AM Jul 29th 2010
Silas the albino seemed to be able to aim perfectly well and have great vision, even though albinism tends to hinder eyesight. However his condition was considered deeply embarrassing and freakish, although in real life it just isn't seen like that. Not in Europe, anyway.

Silas is never really in a position for his eyesight (or lack of it) to be issue, he never kills any one at at long range. also he is only treated as a freak by his abusive parents and other children. Brown's depicted of albinism isn't likely but it's not outright wrong.