MI6 ‘used bodily fluids as invisible ink’ [via The Daily Telegraph]
A new book by a Queen University, Belfast, professor reveals that World War I MI6 agents experimented successfully with using semen as an invisible ink for secretive information. The revelation came from the diary of a Secret Intelligence Service officer who was given the tip by SIS Chief Mansfield Cumming in 1915. The method fell out of popularity for the obvious reasons.
How goes Iraq? View from a bookstore is revealing [via the Associated Press]
The AP profiles a Baghdad bookstore that has tripled in size since 2008 yet cannot “count on safe streets, stable government and reliable electricity supplies.” The owners opened the store in 1995, when Saddam Hussein was still in power and poverty due to U.N. sanctions was extreme. Now, they supply many textbooks to universities across the Middle East nation. “The world of books will not make us rich and fat,” said Zeidan, 45 and a father of three. “But it’s not making us poor and skinny either.”
The museum that was written down [via The Art Newspaper]
Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has brought to life a museum he created for his 2008 novel “The Museum of Innocence.” In the book, the protagonist collects items from the apartment of the woman with whom he is having an affair, gathering items over nine years and creating “The Museum of Innocence, a shrine to his unavailable paramour.” The real-life version, in central Istanbul, will house 83 boxes, one for each chapter of the book, each filled with items that reflect that chapter. “It was a joy to combine the real with the imaginary,” says the author.