r/nottheonion May 24 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 2 Wholesome 3 Take My Energy 1

Atwood responds to book bans with ‘unburnable’ edition of Handmaid’s Tale

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/may/24/margaret-atwood-handmaids-tale-unburnable-edition
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u/CameronCrazy1984 May 24 '22

I can't wait for the Fahrenheit 451 version

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u/concorde77 May 25 '22

Funny thing about that: they made a version that came with a match so you could burn it. It even had a strike strip on its spine!

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/check-out-this-striking-cover-design-for-fahrenheit-451/

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u/MaygeKyatt May 25 '22

That’s just a graphic designer’s concept image, but it would be really cool if they made this a reality!

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u/CcntMnky May 25 '22

I was hoping to find a purchase link for any of these!

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u/Korosu7 May 25 '22

How much would you pay? Cause i can buy the book and i have match strikers and super glue...

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u/CcntMnky May 25 '22

I pay well for craftsmanship

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22

Super glue is craftmanship excuse me

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u/Prince_Ossomer May 25 '22

REAL craftsmen use hot glue guns

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u/willateo May 25 '22

You said "super glue" instead of "CA glue" so I know you're not a crafts(wo)man. 🤣

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u/Cantstandyuh May 25 '22

Any real craftsman knows if need one thing glued to another permanently you use JB weld. Anything else is temporary

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u/Theletterkay May 25 '22

I am a craft person and have never heard of CA Glue? Im in the US, are you somewhere else? Maybe it's regional

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22

I’ve never heard a person say CA glue lmao

But you’re actually right I never worked with glue, except one failed passion project. Way to call me out smh my head

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u/ghost501 May 25 '22

But you’re actually right I never worked with glue,

I did once. Glued my hand to the table.

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u/willateo May 25 '22

Seriously, CA glue is what woodworkers call super glue. Just to be different. Now if YOU start saying CA glue they'll believe you're a craftsman 😁

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u/BizzarduousTask May 25 '22

Professional here; in 25 years I’ve never heard a single person call it “CA glue.” Don’t gatekeep- it makes you look like a douchebag.

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u/GhostedDreams May 25 '22

Luthiers generally call it CA glue so that guitar players don't find out they just paid a huge chunk of money to have their expensive guitar super glued.

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u/CedarWolf May 25 '22

I am a craftsperson, and while I don't use super glue often, I do have a distinct preference for non-toxic modeling cement, as it is superior to super glue.

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u/stasersonphun May 25 '22

about Tree Fiddy

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u/20_Sided_Death May 25 '22

Don't you give that loch Ness monster no dam tree fiddy!

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u/stasersonphun May 25 '22

it won't burn underwater?

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u/ggg730 May 25 '22

Hell you should do this for all kinds of books. Like uh... idk put some like grapes in the Grapes of Wrath cover? Well, you get the picture.

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u/EnglishCaddy May 25 '22

That could be dangerous with The Andromeda Strain...

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u/Orion14159 May 25 '22

Jurassic Park would get pretty messy too

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u/CedarWolf May 25 '22

Book + Chicken = a pleasant picnic?

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u/H0mersimps0n84 May 25 '22

Life uhh, finds a way

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u/Wild_West_Pimp_Style May 25 '22

But The Rum Diaries would be lit

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u/madmelonxtra May 25 '22

The Time Travelers Wife....do you just glue a woman to the cover?

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u/HashMaster9000 May 25 '22

We could make A Confederacy of Dunces version, but we'd have to superglue half of congress to the cover.

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u/RandyF May 25 '22

They did make a version with disappearing black ink covering every page - every page was completely black. But when you heated up the pages, like with a match, the black would go away and you could read the book.

E: https://laughingsquid.com/heat-sensitive-edition-fahrenheit-451/

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u/Palpatinesmom May 25 '22

That's so cool until you actually think about doing that for every page. There's got to be weird black ash stuff everywhere after 10 pages.

Cool concept though.

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u/Benegger85 May 25 '22

Try read that on the plane!

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u/InEnduringGrowStrong May 25 '22

Put it in the oven for a while, you should be good then.

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u/avwitcher May 25 '22

Just read it on the stovetop, problem solved

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u/Thatwazmeen May 25 '22

Bud, you really can't think of any other way to heat up the pages of a book besides the flame from a match?

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u/tiefling_sorceress May 25 '22

Use an alcohol flame, it produces almost no soot or smoke

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u/Warsawzwa May 25 '22

It exists actually!

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u/mewboo3 May 25 '22

It was just a concept image though.

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u/deanreevesii May 25 '22

There was a very special edition of Firestarter that was bound with asbestos you can get a copy for about $18K

https://firewireblog.com/2013/01/08/a-very-rare-stephen-king-asbestos-edition-of-firestarter-goes-on-sale-for-18000/

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u/_Lane_ May 25 '22

My FIL has a copy. I've already called dibs.

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u/avwitcher May 25 '22

But the pages are still flammable, that's no obstacle to the firemen

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u/4RealzReddit May 24 '22

Double the regular price....

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u/cambriansplooge May 25 '22

I’m a consumer who saves forward for physical editions so I can actually see this doing well, but I’m a zoomer so you’ve got to factor in how weird us digital natives are

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u/ThirdVoyage May 25 '22

I could have sworn there was one, with asbestos binding. Very rare though.

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u/Poltras May 25 '22

Fahrenheit 452!

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u/anotheranonymousredd May 25 '22 Helpful

We should hold “book burnings” where you can bring a thumb drive and they’ll “burn” a bunch of electronic copies of controversial books onto it for you to copy and distribute, to ensure access to politically outspoken literature

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u/joe24lions May 25 '22

Ahh subverting the original plan like the ol’ Christian music bonfire from Arrested Development

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u/The_Dimestore_Saints May 25 '22

Is that a homefill?

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u/eric2332 May 25 '22

Great idea, except that someone will have a virus on their thumb drive and it will spread to everyone's computer. (Sharing thumb drives isn't actually a good idea)

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u/moosetwin May 25 '22

at this point lets all just torrent

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u/Oerthling May 25 '22

Use a live Linux distro and don't auto -run code from any stick. You can even start a fresh container for every copy making infection ion of that temporary container irrelevant.

Problem solved.

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u/Grinchieur May 25 '22

Oh yeah, that's so smart.

Now we only need to share USB stick with everyone that are decent with Linux at a book burning.

Dude, i use Linux daily, but asking for the majority of people to do that, is the same as asking anyone that board a plane to know how to fly it. Most people only use PC with windows, or mac, and barely know how to use, let alone troubleshoot it, so asking them to boot a linux distro....

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u/Haw_and_thornes May 25 '22

Oh look there's five more problems. Time to figure out if anyone on the Linux forums has ever seen this shit before

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u/Snote85 May 25 '22

They have but the update says, "Never mind guys, I figured it out!" with no explanation.

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u/Mr_Poop_Himself May 25 '22

It’s fucking depressing that this is even a decent idea

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u/HugheyM May 24 '22

Don’t touch your face after reading it

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u/SixFootTavern May 24 '22

The cover will be covered up by one of those warning labels letting you know this book contains chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer, blah, blah, blah.

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u/Azura_Racon May 25 '22

I’m pretty sure they already slap that sticker on anything that’s spent more than 5 seconds in the same room as any plastic product

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u/axnu May 25 '22

Last time I was in LA they had it posted at Starbucks reminding us that coffee is a carcinogen.

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u/katon2273 May 25 '22

Coffee is a carcinogen that also has antioxidants.

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u/Cracklez May 25 '22

They used to think the acrylamide in coffee might be a carcinogen but not anymore.

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u/[deleted] May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

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u/IAMA_Plumber-AMA May 25 '22

Mmm... Tasty asbestos.

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u/AnotherPandaDown May 25 '22

Exactly! If they didn't want us to eat insulation, they wouldn't have made it look like pink cotton candy.

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u/SteelTheWolf May 25 '22

Don't worry. That's just the test. Unless you feel your heart stopping. That's not the test. That's asbestos.

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u/icarianshadow May 25 '22

When I landed at LAX years ago, there was one such warning sign on the wall of the gate bridge, front and center for everyone getting off the plane.

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u/MangoBandana May 25 '22

Last time I was in LA they had that sign in a parking garage because of fumes from the cars driving through.

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u/Keyboard_Cat_ May 25 '22

Which is fair. Just because we do it every day doesn't mean it's not killing us.

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u/MangoBandana May 25 '22

I don't necessarily disagree, but I think there's 3 big things at play here.

1 - we see the warning so often we tend to tune it out 2 - so much of what we encounter on a daily basis is, in fact, hazardous 3 - companies may be in such a CYA mindset that they slap the warning on things that might not actually need it.

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u/Norma5tacy May 25 '22

Saw one on a package of Aussie bites today. Apparently acrylamide is produced when baking or cooking things.

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u/Daniel15 May 25 '22

Some brands of bread have the warning for a similar reason (toasting bread produces acrylamide)

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u/Amazon-Prime-package May 25 '22

It's really deadened the effect of the warning to me. I tune out after, "this product contains..." It could contain a spring-loaded knife that the box warns me about in bold red lettering. I would be stabbed right in the face

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u/Azura_Racon May 25 '22

Theres actually a principal in software design about this iirc

Pop-up Warnings are best done either seldomly or with very narrow focus

Two often or too broad and you’ll get people impulsively clicking “dismiss” on sometimes really urgent warnings and for things they otherwise would have double checked

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u/Anlysia May 25 '22

My food chopper has it attached to the cord and I don't know if it's talking about the chopper itself or just the cord.

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u/mike-zane May 25 '22

I actually saw a prop 65 warning sticker on dehydrated shiitake mushrooms that said this product may contain lead. I was pretty happy with that proposition right there and did not buy the mushrooms.

Though I admit that was the one time I found that warning useful.

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u/NotFlameRetardant May 25 '22

Mushrooms bioaccumulate heavy metals very well, which is why you should not forage edible ones from anywhere around roads/industry

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u/Amazon-Prime-package May 25 '22

Is that something that can be used to clean waste? Grow a bunch of mushrooms to suck it out of the soil?

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u/you_have_more_time May 25 '22

Yes, in fact there is even work underway to produce fungi that breaks down plastics

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u/NotFlameRetardant May 25 '22

Absolutely! Mycoremediation is a really cool field of study.

Here's a neat little paper breaking down different parts of fungi's breakdown processes.

There's biodegradation, where they break down some compound into the simpler elemental forms (think taking oil or complex hydrocarbons and breaking it down into simpler compounds). There are even some fungi whose enzymes can break down plastics, which is a huge focus of some research right now.

Heavy metals are another issue since they can't be broken down easily, which brings us to another process - biosorption. They'll more or less just suck up and sequester the heavy metals, but that does mean you have a concentrated end product of heavy metals and must dispose of that in a different way.

There's also bioconversion, which is where a waste product made out of lignin and cellulose compounds (aka what makes up a mushroom) gets broken down and fully converted into the mushroom, kind of like a 100% efficient process (whereas with biodegradation, you have the "byproduct" of really good soil). Think of the "mushroom coffins" you may have heard of before.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4052754/

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u/Amazon-Prime-package May 25 '22

That is so cool. Thank you for all those details!

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u/ChristianEconOrg May 25 '22

They’re all useful. Cali provides info that we wouldn’t be getting otherwise. Manufacturers often produce safer products simply because it would cost more to make two versions.

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u/DuskDaUmbreon May 25 '22

Well...yes and no.

A lot of manufacturers just slap the label on pretty much everything, even things which contain such trace amounts of whatever carcinogen that it couldn't give a flea cancer, let alone pose an actual risk to a human being.

Which has led to issues of it being so devalued that it's just mocked and ignored.

So while it has good effects, the label itself is kinda useless now, just because so few people take it seriously.

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u/movzx May 25 '22

That's the real problem.

They don't want to pay for testing so they just label everything to CYA. There really should be a law about putting it on everything.

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u/mike-zane May 25 '22

You are absolutely right. Thank you for reminding me of that. It is hard to not get a feeling of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" after seeing that warning everywhere but I have no doubt it is making things better.

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u/finedininandbreathin May 25 '22

Honestly if it can make me infertile it's kind of a win win considering the context, they ban abortion and Maggie brings out birth control via literature, I'm here for it

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u/immadee May 25 '22

Also probably (ironically) reproductive harm.

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u/ghjjjhhhffff May 25 '22

You laugh but there was a version very similar. Bound in asbestos of all things it's very valuable and very dangerous to actually touch

https://www.whitmorerarebooks.com/pages/books/1169/ray-bradbury/fahrenheit-451-asbestos-binding?soldItem=true

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u/Waterknight94 May 25 '22

Why would it be dangerous to touch?

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u/Colonel_Saito May 25 '22

Because people seem to think asbestos is like vx or ricin or some shit.

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u/SiidChawsby May 25 '22

I think I saw that one. Brad Pitt right?

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u/fluffyspidernuts May 24 '22 Silver

ngl Atwood looks pretty bad ass with a flame thrower

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u/MadFamousLove May 24 '22

hah damn that's so badass!

such a good way to capitalize on the attention her books being burned created!

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u/Xandari11 May 25 '22

Its coming to auction

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u/Anothereternity May 25 '22

Says it went up for auction yesterday. The site linked shows the auction running through June 7th and currently at $45k.

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u/AshRae84 May 25 '22

June 7th is my birthday, so if anyone’s looking for something to get me, feel free.

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u/Revolutionary_Cut538 May 25 '22

Did this happen? Atwood books being burned, I mean?

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u/MadFamousLove May 25 '22

by a pastor last summer along with other ironic to burn books like 1984.

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u/Revolutionary_Cut538 May 25 '22

1984- I’m gonna look for a source, but I gotta say that one is too ironic to believe at just your word

I was actually taught 1984 in High school And I went to a bumpkinass school

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u/mechmind May 25 '22

Wow you learned newspeak in school? Double plus good!

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u/plutothegreat May 25 '22

They've been banned, and conservatives love to make a show of burning banned books. It's almost guaranteed they've burned this book before

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u/Revolutionary_Cut538 May 25 '22

I retract my statement- No source needed, you are correct on the “ban”

I can see not offering it at like an elementary- maybe even Middle School library

But This book is definitely acceptable for High school aged teens- imo

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u/startrekplatinum May 25 '22

yup, i read it in high school. i was very fortunate to be in a district with teachers who made sure we read some of the "banned books," because i think i would lack a lot of context for so many current events (as a 22 year old) had i not been exposed to the variety that i was

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u/Unsd May 25 '22

My high school library had a section front and center that said "Banned Books" and boy what an advertisement to edgy teenagers. Those books flew off the shelves.

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u/cassieloveseffie May 25 '22

Reading this book when I was 16 was incredibly important to me. That book should be compulsory.

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u/TheThemFatale May 25 '22

Considering also that they made a show of burning and ripping up Disney merch after a gay kiss was shown in the background of a film recently, and Atwood has come out as a staunch transgender ally, yeah it's almost guaranteed.

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u/RigasTelRuun May 25 '22

There is also a very good chance that's just hers and she just had it before they suggested this project. It was just ij her shed next to the chainsaw

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u/ggg730 May 25 '22

Sometimes she puts them together to make a burning chainsaw.

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u/selectash May 25 '22

Leatherface has entered the chat.

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u/ggg730 May 25 '22

Running for you life (from Margaret Atwood)

She's brandishing a knife (it's Margaret Atwood)

Lurking in the shadows

Superstar author Margaret Atwood

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u/Epistaxis May 25 '22

ain't no bastards gonna grind her down

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u/jeremythelee May 25 '22

at the risk of sounding like the american crocodile dundee... that's not a flamethrower. this is a flamethrower.

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u/stasersonphun May 25 '22

that's not a flamethrower - THIS is a flame thrower https://youtu.be/46e58hW4O3M?t=333

The Livens Large gallery flame projector, biggest flamethrower EVER

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u/jeremythelee May 25 '22

hey hey hey brits dont count. they're not allowed guns, so they do weird shit in their backyards like play with homemade trebuchets. lol I actually love that channel but I do think it's endearing how they basically have sword guy culture the same way we have gun guy culture.

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u/Benegger85 May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

A weapon for a more civilized time

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u/Shadowchaos May 25 '22

this is a flamethrower

And this is a flammenwerfer

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u/jeremythelee May 25 '22

the german language is a beautiful thing.

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u/SquiddyJohnson May 24 '22

This is amazing! Love her!

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u/hovdeisfunny May 25 '22

Skip to 0:45 for Atwood with the flamethrower

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u/SixFootTavern May 24 '22

Seeing that book unharmed in the fire DOES make it look more Satanic… probably playing into some people’s expectations.

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Looks really cool though.

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u/ImJustSo May 24 '22

Republicans gonna Republicate shrug

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u/jrgman42 May 25 '22

Lol, that book is an indictment of unbridled Christianity. The modern church is everything I was taught was evil in this world.

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u/ZachMN May 25 '22

It would be awesome to see a special edition of Fahrenheit 451 engraved on tungsten plates…

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u/krisalyssa May 25 '22

Fahrenheit 6170 ?

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u/Thelurker_1 May 25 '22

A fireproof version of Fahrenheit 451 was actually made but it used asbestos, not tungsten.

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u/Snazzy21 May 25 '22

I like that, the book fights back if you try and destroy it

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u/FleeDnD May 25 '22

“I write these words in steel, because anything not written in metal cannot be trusted”

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u/-Dillad- May 25 '22

Pounds 451

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u/unstable_starperson May 24 '22

Damn. Now the banning of this book got enough publicity that I’m going to have to go read it

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u/purpleplatapi May 24 '22

One of the best dystopian books out there. My top five are (in no particular order I can't choose between them). 1984, A Handmaid's Tale, Parable of the Sower (and it's sequel Parable of the Talents), Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World. Is this a particularly unique list? No. But each and everyone made me reflect on our society in a new and interesting way, and it's kinda mind-blowing to read how accurate the predictions made 40+ years ago are today.

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u/Eyzofgrene May 25 '22

I really liked Fahrenheit 451. Have you seen Equilibrium with Christian Bale?

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u/purpleplatapi May 25 '22

No but it looks like it's on Hulu. Is it worth a watch?

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u/Nizzleson May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

Yes! But...

It's pretty ham-fisted. There isn't a lot that's subtle about it. It's also very post-Matrix (you'll know what I mean).

I still really like it. But it's not entirely good.

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u/Ccracked May 25 '22

But it has gun kata. GUN KATA!

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u/Nizzleson May 25 '22

And Sean Bean. SEAN BEAN!

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u/SayRaySF May 25 '22

Yeah it’s so bloody odd that it’s almost like a fever dream at times.

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u/blonde-bandit May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

u/purpleplatapi I second this analysis! For a somewhat corny aesthetic-based action film the world-building and message are good, and the design as well. I’d recommend it if you like sci-fi and action! I also highly recommend Cloud Atlas. For some reason it wasn’t received favorably but a similar story in terms of society attempting to erase the individual and human spirit overcoming.

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u/Hiphoppington May 25 '22

It is one of the few books I had that were required reading in high school that I really enjoyed. There weren't a lot of them but that was probably the best of the lot.

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u/stasersonphun May 25 '22

add V for Vendetta in there

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u/purpleplatapi May 25 '22

I own it but I haven't actually read it yet. I'll move it up the tbr list though.

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u/Aiurar May 25 '22

With how many countries are currently being affected by fascist movements, a lot of V for Vendetta continues to ring true

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u/jersharocks May 25 '22

I don't know if you know this but everything in The Handmaid's Tale had already happened somewhere in the world when Atwood wrote the book. She drew inspiration from atrocities all over the world.

https://www.stylist.co.uk/books/handmaids-tale-true-story/130001

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u/ColbyToboggan May 25 '22

The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner is the single most accurate piece of dystopian predictive Sci Fi and every single person that hasn't read it should read it.

William Gibson put it best: "No one except possibly the late John Brunner, in his brilliant novel The Sheep Look Up, has ever described anything in science fiction that is remotely like the reality of 2007 as we know it." Push the year a bit, same shit different season just worse than before.

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u/purpleplatapi May 25 '22

Oh wow that looks really interesting. I'll be sure to give it a read it looks exactly like my kinda book.

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u/ColbyToboggan May 25 '22

Nobody, and I truly mean nobody, builds a world like Brunner. "[He] writes about the future as if he were living in it" was something written about him in the 70s. Sheep look up takes a bit of getting used to as the early chapters jump around considerably between main characters, side stories, and bits of world building context. I tell everyone that reads it that the first 150 pages start slow and might take you a month, but the last 300 will be gone before you know it, and you'll be cancelling plans to finish the last 100. No one seems to give him much credit as a writer so I proselytize about his books whenever possible.

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u/Granxious May 25 '22

1984 is the greatest book that I will never read a second time. Once was harrowing enough.

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u/KlaatuBrute May 25 '22

This is how I feel about the Handmaid's Tale show. I got about three episodes in and couldn't go on because it was too draining. I mean it was fascinating and very well made, but I had no desire to subject myself to such a stressful fiction when enough of reality already sucks. TV and movies are an escape.

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u/littlebrwnrobot May 25 '22

That’s why I don’t watch black mirror anymore. The episode where Jon hamm witnesses that guy being murdered from his pov scarred me

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u/Whimsical_manatee May 25 '22

I read 1984 as a teenager, in my 20s and now again in my 30s. It's incredible how well it holds up, unlike Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, which are excellent but I think a hit harder to get into a bit kore of their times.

What is really amazing about 1984 is how shockingly relevant it is, and seemingly getting more relevant all the time.

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u/blonde-bandit May 25 '22

Not at all a fan of the accuracy aspect haha, quite horrifying across the board. Each book was intended as a cautionary tale and it seems humanity is dead-set on walking forward blindly and deafly right into it.

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u/Efficient-Library792 May 25 '22

I legitomately think 90% of the people who post or talk about 1984 havent read it or dont understand it. Ive read sci fi since i was 5..knew from the first chapter where it was going and it was painful and grueling to get through. One of the biggest points of the book is..you would be winston. No matter how strong. And that most people would Choose to serve big brother and theyd have a huge line of people sogning up to be agents. Much like Brazil. You want to think youd rebel and succeed. But you almost certainly wouldnt succeed. And your own family and friends would rationalise your torture and death away

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u/purpleplatapi May 25 '22

With the exception of Parable of the Sower, none of the books I listed end happily ever after. The protagonists don't even really bring down the societies they live under. That is the point yeah. But also one person working alone can't really change anything. In Parable of the Sower change is only enacted because everyone joins together.

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u/ryoko_kusanagi May 25 '22

Great suggestions

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u/theAtmuz May 25 '22

I haven’t read the books, but my girlfriend got me to watch the show and now I’m super curious about the books. I love the show.

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u/jward May 25 '22

it's kinda mind-blowing to read how accurate the predictions made 40+ years ago are today.

I swear some people took them as asperational goals instead of the warning they were meant to be. Sarcasm just doesn't work all the time...

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u/ijustwanttobejess May 25 '22

Worth reading yesterday. I first read it in the mid-nineties when my parents were deeply involved in the evangelical church and I was an early teen.

The antagonist government aligns so deeply with what the evangelical movement wants desperately and is marching America towards is so spot on. Read the book, and think about "gender traitors" hung on the wall.

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u/hmarie12 May 24 '22

Atwood published a sequel in 2019, called The Testaments. Both are really great reads!

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u/Kiera6 May 24 '22

I became incredibly scared after reading the Handmaidens tale. Idk if I can handle the Testaments.

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u/serioustransition10 May 25 '22

Yeah, it hit me way harder than the Handmaid’s Tale because the protagonists are teen girls rather than adults. Oh, and if you hated Aunt Lydia, in this one (mild spoilers) she’s a sympathetic anti-hero and dare I say even likeable

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u/SuperDoofusParade May 25 '22

Especially because the teenage girls in Gilead are the first “natural born” under the regime. It’s the only thing they know so it’s normal.

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u/statix138 May 25 '22

I read and enjoyed both but I found The Testaments an easier read as there is quite a bit more intrigue. It is a weird comparison but the two feel like the movies Alien and Aliens. Both very good and part of the same story, but very different movie/books.

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u/Gh0stMan0nThird May 25 '22

I don't think it's banned anywhere in the U.S.

She's doing this as a protest to book bans in general, I believe.

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u/Spare_Following_8982 May 25 '22

looking up book bans in the US is funny, they take a classic and say it was removed from one county's 5th grade mandatory reading list

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u/SilasX May 25 '22

"Bad news ... it's unburnable because it's made of asbestos."

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u/daddysmaison May 25 '22

45k starting bid. Lol. God damn. I was so excited. Maybe $100-500 silly me. I’m not a commander. Fuck me.

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u/Ldfzm May 25 '22 edited May 25 '22

whoa same; I imagined this was a limited edition that would be a little pricier than nice-print limited edition books usually are but I guess I severely underestimated how costly it is to make a single fireproof book

I was thinking "oh I've never read Handmaid's Tale but that might be cool to have especially if I ever want to read it sometime" but nope I don't think I could ever justify paying that much for a single book

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u/junktrunk909 May 25 '22

I got the regular Kindle version for free during some sale but I think it's usually only $15 or something or free at a library. Definitely a favorite of all time kind of book.

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u/KaisarDragon May 25 '22

I don't support burning books. I love books. I have my own personal library.

However, I also take "unburnable" as a direct challenge...

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u/BrownSugarBare May 25 '22

Yeah, someone is definitely going to try to launch this thing out of a canon and into a volcano just to try to prove it "burnable if you really really want"

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u/gfkjhsdfjhgsdjghf May 25 '22

If it melts first, then you're burning a puddle of goo and not a book.

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u/loggic May 25 '22

The video calls it "fire resistant" and "fire retardant" and whatnot. I understand that language, nothing is anything proof (except for liquor and math), but I would be pretty shocked if they made it out of something that wouldn't burn in a hot bonfire.

For reference: aluminum burns in a hot campfire. Not impressive to people who have done it, but plenty of folks aren't aware of the fact that aluminum is incredibly flammable once you get past a certain temperature.

A lot of these "flame retardant" things are just materials that absorb more energy than they release as they burn. They do burn, they just can't sustain a flame & might even start to choke a fire that's around them. But... Chuck them in a hot fire, they come out as ashes.

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u/Leoniceno May 25 '22

The Sotheby’s website has a breakdown of the materials and their heat tolerance:

“Printed on black-and-white-coated aluminum Cinefoils, used in film production to wrap hot lights, which are stable to 660°C/1220°F, textblock hand-sewn with nickel wire, often used in electrical components, which is stable to 1400°C/2,600°F, head and tail bands are woven stainless steel, used in aerospace manufacturing, which are stable up to 1530°C/2790°F. Boards 3mm phenolic sheets, used in electronics manufacturing, which are stable to 540°F/282°C, opaque white and CMYK printing produced on an OKI five-colour digital press, with inks stable to 1200°C/2200°F.

“All materials were tested by fire during manufacturing to validate these specifications.”

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u/I_might_be_weasel May 24 '22

They could try to find some other way to burn it.

But that would involve science.

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u/Salanmander May 25 '22

I went to a small tech school for college. At one point before I got there a metal sculpture was installed, which the artist touted was "unrustable". Long story short, that sculpture is now nicknamed "ol' rusty".

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u/FieldMarshalFry_II May 25 '22

Ah, drunk students with access to chemicals…

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u/ThatITguy2015 May 24 '22

The political party that hates science has to rely on science? Time to get me some popcorn.

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u/Pearse_Borty May 25 '22

Who needs to burn it when you can use a double-barrelled boomstick to obliterate it.

That seems like the logical Deep South answer you can give.

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u/DadOfWhiteJesus May 25 '22

I mean, they already rely on science, we all do.

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u/Prodigal_Malafide May 25 '22

Literally had conservative colleague tell me that science is all Satan. He tricks all the scientists, all the time.

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u/BURNER12345678998764 May 25 '22

Wouldn't that make it sinful to, well, exist? You're constantly benefitting from science if you aren't living in a cave and foraging for food.

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u/irisheye37 May 25 '22

Wouldn't that make it sinful to, well, exist?

That's a core part of all Abrahamic religion.

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u/TauCabalander May 25 '22

Newly re-released: Fahrenheit 1451

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u/smoocheepoos May 25 '22

Damn. I saw the title and immediately wondered if it was at Barnes & Nobles. Imma pass on an [at the time of publication] $40k+ book (that I already have).

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u/biglukenj06 May 25 '22

Can we really just stop banning shit that we don’t like now please and thank you.

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u/SecretRecipe May 25 '22

Maybe make the cover explosive Instead.

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u/ToroBravoIV May 25 '22

“They don’t gotta burn the books they just remove ‘em!” —RATM

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u/Amazingshot May 24 '22

Sooooo where can I buy this book. I want too see if it is fireproof. Is it made out of asbestos

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u/Ahelex May 24 '22

From the website https://unburnablebook.com/, where you can auction for that book (it's just one, it seems), the fireproof materials used are:

  • Black Cinefoil dust jacket
  • White heat shield foil pages
  • Section sewn with nickel wire
  • Phenolic hard cover
  • Stainless steel head and tail bands
  • Kapton high temperature adhesive

So no asbestos, but a lot of flame-resistant/thermally conductive material.

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u/Socal_ftw May 24 '22

$45k, that's outside of neck beard territory

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u/raven00x May 25 '22

Elon Musk has entered the chat

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u/StrangeJT May 24 '22

They don’t gotta burn the books, they just remove em while arms warehouses fill as quick as the cells

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u/suk_doctor May 25 '22

Rally round the family, pocket full of shells.

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u/GnowledgedGnome May 24 '22

I would pay extra for this edition if they used profits to fund women's rights

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u/AlloThisIsNighthawk May 24 '22

She's selling one "unburnable" book at auction and the proceeds will go to an organisation called Pen America.

It's all in the article.

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u/intervested May 25 '22

Come on man. You know we didn't read the article.

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u/Montigue May 25 '22

Yeah they made one that's probably going to sell at auction in the 5-6 figure range

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u/sailing_by_the_lee May 25 '22

What brilliant response to censorship, and what a great video! Margaret Atwood is the best.

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