Hey folks, no Beady Eyed Craftster this weekend Iâ€™m afraid; the only crafty thing Iâ€™ve had time to do is assemble flat pack furniture. But I did want to share a new picture â€“ see left, and click through for a big version.
Now, I know what youâ€™re thinking: who publishes books that large? I mean, you can request large print books in a library, but I imagine theyâ€™re smaller than a double decker bus.
Well, the answer is that these specialist editions are printed by the undersea creatures themselves. What happens is this: whenever a ship is wrecked, the marine creatures nab the nameplate off the sunken vessel. Each nameplates is cut into its component letters, so â€śTITANICâ€ť gave them two Tâ€™s, two Iâ€™s and an A, N and C for their printing press. This is why see kraken and such-like monsters something drag ships to their doom (PSA: just chuck the nameplates overboard and theyâ€™ll leave you alone).
Once theyâ€™ve assembled a couple of complete alphabets, itâ€™s simply a matter of plenty of squid ink and kelp paper.
As to the texts themselves, well the undersea presses usually stick to public domain works (in this case â€ś20,000 Leagues Under the Seaâ€ť) because (a) they donâ€™t wish to be raided by copyright enforcing scuba divers, and (b) the world of undersea authoring (books like â€śMoby Dick: My Side of the Storyâ€ť and, of course, â€ś50 Shades of Manta Rayâ€ť) is still in its infancy.
Of course, what they really need is a colossal sized eReader (Kickstarter ahoy!)
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