WTF is on the wall of the SciLi?
We’re used to seeing strange writing on library walls (Rock bathroom stalls, anyone?) but an unusual stencil in the SciLi leaves a lot of burning questions for anyone bored enough to be looking at the concrete walls in the wee hours of the morning. Discreetly hidden on one of the stone columns of the Friedman Study Center, the small stencil shows a couple lines of Latin text followed only by this explanation – “The End of the Forty-Two Line Bible.” The Forty-Two Line Bible refers to the Guternberg Bible, the first book printed using Gutenberg’s revolutionary movable type printing press. The remaining copies of the Gutenberg Bible are now considered the rarest and most valuable books in the world. But the question remains – why is the end of the Gutenberg Bible printed on the SciLi’s wall? Is it a reference to the importance of Gutenberg’s invention and the printed word? Is it meant to be a religious statement? Perhaps both? Mysteries remain, though, if anyone knows Latin (and cares enough), we can at least know what the end of The Forty-Two Line Bible is.