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A team in Australia breaks the 500 nanometer barrier.
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Compact discs are over 30 years old and as likely to be used as a Metallica desk clock as a way to cue up Master Of Puppets. But it turns out that we may not have even come close to reaching the capacity of optical storage mediums.
Instead of the 4.7 gigabytes of data a DVD holds, or 700 megabytes a CD currently holds, Dr. Zongsong Gan and his team at Australia's Swinburne University of Technology have figured out how to store 1,000 terabytes of data on a single DVD, and were recently awarded a Victoria Fellowship for the work.
The current limitations of writing data to optical discs is what's known as the refraction limit of light. Since light can't be broken down smaller than 500 nanometers, it was assumed that lasers (light) couldn't write bits of information smaller than 500 nanometers either. That's apparently not true, as Dr. Gan and his partners figured out that using two light beams, they can shorten the writing light down to just 9 nanometers.
This is the difference between drawing on a piece of paper with a huge Sharpie and a fine-tip pen. The fat maker can't include the same amount information and drawing details that the pen with a small tip can—same for the beam of light writing bits to a disc.
Cleverly, the reachers used two light beams, both 500 nanometers themselves. One was used for writing bits of information while the second purple circular beam was used to block all but a point of light 9 nanometers in width.
The benefits of this technological advancement are pretty obvious, like being able to put higher resolution video on a single disc. But there are still some serious problems these advancements raise as well.
"Putting so much information on a single disc makes it easier for people to destroy huge amounts of data and thus cost more to protect the disc," says Dr. Gan. "Also, we are now working to speed up for data reading and recording. If we're still using the current DVD speed, how long it will take to write 1,000 TB of data onto a disc?"
In addition to the entertainment benefits, like video sizes, Dr. Gan is also highly focused on the implications for general purpose data storage. Being able to radically increase data storage, either on optical discs or another format, will go a long way toward what the researcher imagines for the future.
"In my mind, I have an vision for our society in the future where everyone will have a data bank account just like we all have a bank account today," Dr. Gan explains. "We'll save all of our data in the data bank. Everyone no longer needs the same things today as phones, iPads, or laptops. We only need a soft touch screen, any data processing, while storage is done remotely."
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A startup called Artkick has secured 50,000 digital representations of paintings and photographs from 2,000 museums around the world. It places them on Internet-connected televisions and computer screens.
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Pandora and Spotify are businesses that sort through digital music and figure out your likes. Netflix does the same for movies. There’s even Yelp, doing something like that for food. Meantime, fine art just hangs there on the wall.
Not for much longer, perhaps. A start-up called Artkick has secured 50,000 digital representations of paintings and photographs from 2,000 museums around the world. It places them, via an iOS or Android app, on Internet-connected televisions and computer screens.
The pictures can be switched as often as every minute or as seldom as never. Users can rate what they like, and rotate what’s on the screens based on things like other works by the artist, other paintings from the period or genre, or other offerings from the museum.
“Why not stream images?” said Sheldon Laube, the chief executive of Artkick. “Clothes, music, foods – we change around all sorts of things that give us pleasure. Art has been constrained by being physical.”
These are of course digital representations, not the real thing, but his point that art on your wall not changing is true for the art posters and reproductions in most living rooms. With the ubiquity of digital screens, why shouldn’t they serve a more decorative function?
If nothing else, Artkick illustrates (ahem) a couple of interesting social and business points: For one, we still tend to think TVs should be off when not in use, and computer screens should either be in “sleep” mode, or have a screen saver of some sort. Both of those ideas have to do with extending the lifespan of cathode ray tubes, and today’s digital screens now last longer and use far less energy.”
“It costs about $35 to keep a TV on for a year,” said Mr. Laube, flipping his iPad from Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” to Audobon’s “Birds of America.” A decade ago, he says, “it used to be 10 times that much.”
The other is the plunging costs of devices to make all this work. When, in the 1990s, Bill Gates set to filling his house with digital screens showing art on a rotating basis, the equipment cost more than $100,000, and the art had to be specially photographed.
Now a 32-inch Internet-connected digital TV can be about $350, or what you might pay for the custom framing of an artwork that big. Museums around the world have digitized their collections, and increasingly offer them online. Last year, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum began offering what is says will eventually be 150,000 images available for people to download and build their own collections. Printing is also allowed.
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BrickleberryNew Season Coming SoonComments (50)Top CommentsStupid Git 1 day agoThis was a great episode (I shared the homeless piece on my Facebook page) and your interview with the director was wonderful. While I know the opening segment was a really tough one I have to express my disagreement with Mr. Stewart's claim that these acts are senseless and thus implying we should ... more 47 1Reply View 5 replies JJHamton 1 day ago20 percent of muslims in France openly admit they feel positive about ISIS. Only 30 percent deny support to them all together.
So it's not just "few bad nazi cows". 21 7Reply View 2 replies Guilhem 1 day agoGuys, in Europe, we are told that "we're so close yet so far away". Please, let us French people watch your backing up messages for Charlie ! 18 2Reply LatestZoso0991 2 hours agoA show that talks about farts and nazi cows express their ideas and points of view so intelligently. Better then most "credible" sources. Amazing work. Nazi Cows segment was genius and I hope people understood the message. It would be awful if civilized minds commit the same mistake and generalize a... more 0 0Reply JJHamton 1 day ago20 percent of muslims in France openly admit they feel positive about ISIS. Only 30 percent deny support to them all together.
So it's not just "few bad nazi cows". 21 7ReplyAnisa 10 hours agoWow, 20% huh? Did it hurt when you pulled that statistic out of your ass?
Hate crimes against Parisian Muslims is way up in the aftermath. Thanks a lot for adding to the tally of human suffering by continuing to perpetrate the stereotype that Muslims are a monolith of one mind and with one goal. Dipshit. 3 0Dimitri S 2 hours ago100 percent of JJHamton should think before speaking. Only 0 percent do. Really hope there are just "few bad JJHamtons" 0 0Anisa 10 hours agoI guess the white supremacist terrorist attack that took place on US soil against the NAACP isn't part of a larger pattern, but the attack against a racist newspaper is? (Note: I think even racists should not be killed for their views, but they were a violently antisemitic and Islamophobic publicati... more 0 1Reply James 1 day agoDangit....I really think Mormans are nuts....but when it comes down to it....I might not agree with there religeon. But the people themselves are ******* awesome. 6 5Reply View 3 more repliesLaura Eyring 1 day agoThat's not what Mormonism is, fluffy. They have a lot of bad aspects to them, but polygamy is not one of them (polygamy has not been a part of Mormonism for a long time). I encourage people to critique and criticize the Mormon religion, but people should do it based on facts. Such as their anti-gay agenda. 2 1fluffykerfuffle 1 day agoi believe that there are mormons who still practice polygamy... but what i really was lamenting was the misogamy within that whole group... maybe they are working on it and i applaud them for that... i just dont like the abuses that have come and still come from societies that place males in the ascendancy. 3 1Lulu 1 day agoLBJ was ***** it is know that he was one 0 4Replyfluffykerfuffle 1 day agohello? you have just demonstrated how absolutely asinine it is to attempt to communicate without using intelligent vocabulary.
i have NO idea what your five little astericks stand for and to tell you the truth i dont even want to know...
get an education...
furthermore, it irks me more that i suspect t... more 2 1Nunya 18 hours agoUm, fluffy - they probably din't put the asterisks there...the site (or the administrators thereof) automatically does that with certain words. And for all the huff and puff you spout about your right to "voice your opinion" I would think that you would be more tolerant of others doing so as well. 2 1TheGodEmperorLetoII 1 day agoMore need to be like Utah and house the homeless. **** the right wingers who are trying to **** with it though and make people enraged over it. **** them hard. Someone should bomb that entire news network and kill everyone involved.. all they do is ruin society as a whole. 4 8Reply View 2 more repliesjaydion 1 day agoSarah... what?! "$12,000 a year is more than some people earn."
Umm, minimum wage with a full time job is $15,000 a year.
Even further, did you miss the whole reason why it was financially smarter to house them? $20,000 a year per person is a lot more than $12,000 - regardless if they also work unde... more 7 0fluffykerfuffle 1 day agoyeah, and has anyone flagged this godemperor idiot yet for violence and hate?
talking about bombing and killing people is very very wrong and should not be on here
its how the real garbage starts
get this guy silenced or banned....
there is software out there that can moderate certain words like bomb,... more 1 2Stupid Git 1 day agoThis was a great episode (I shared the homeless piece on my Facebook page) and your interview with the director was wonderful. While I know the opening segment was a really tough one I have to express my disagreement with Mr. Stewart's claim that these acts are senseless and thus implying we should ... more 47 1Reply View 3 more repliesJpuzzlekid 1 day agoStupid Git, you have a really misleading name! I am really glad I didn't have to write your comment first with different wording. This isn't the first time Jon has suggested the easy choice of giving up. It is one thing to admit that you are struggling with trying to handle all the bad things that e... more 0 0usefulball 1 day agoIn the spirit of Ms. Duvernay's piece about not claiming a problem is 'resolved' after the only the first victory (of many) I'll take some issue with this:
"We beat the ideology of Nazism by how we handled it after the war."
I'm not sure if we actually have beat the ideology of Nazism, tbh...
First, w... more 1 0fluffykerfuffle 1 day agooh man almost forgot ...i have a comment!!
ava duvernay is such an intelligent and charming woman
i can hardly wait to see her film Selma to see what they were discussing...
verrrrry interesting! 0 1Reply Joe 1 day agoAnyone know why Jon won't talk about Bill Clinton's 21 phone numbers and and his email addresses being in the address book of a man who runs a child-sex-slave ring? 1 4Replyfluffykerfuffle 1 day ago: /
oh gosh bill clinton has 21 phone numbers?
is that a crime!?
and gee willikers lets take the word of a man who runs a child-sex-slave ring to judge bill clintons character by, shall we?
maybe you need to go over to the fox 'news' channel to hear about that stuff 2 3CiennaJadeS 1 day agoIt's awesome Utah came up with an effective initiative for combatting homelessness--it's much better than their last initiative of just buying them all bus tickets to Portland, Oregon. 2 0Replyfluffykerfuffle 1 day agoLOL i heard about that ...were they in on that?
criminals and less disturbed mental patients were also being 'deported' to other states 1 0Cory 1 day agocities in California(SF,LA,SD, SJ+more) are suing cities(Vegas, Reno) in and the state of Nevada for doing exactly that. 1 0Laura Eyring 1 day agoYes Jon, let's not try to make sense of this. Let's not try to put this attack in context. That might make us self-reflect and wonder why people would become extremists and terrorize and murder others. There's no point in trying to figure out why these types of attacks happen. After all, what use is that silly thing called history? 1 2Replyfluffykerfuffle 1 day agomaybe if we called it OURstory (even herstory leaves out some folks lol) it wouldnt be so silly? 1 2Geri 1 day agoWell done, well said ... hard to find the funny. Listen for the crickets in the cow piece, just what a senior "Mooo-slim" cow-respondent has to do. 0 0Replyfluffykerfuffle 1 day agoi thought it was hilarious... especially the cow-ard bit
but then i AM a bit immature :D
mooooo :o 1 0Ray 1 day agoDamn socialist UTAH-ans. How can we suppress the masses and act like colonial overlords if the separate states of the Union insist on unraveling the conspiracy of oppression. SHEESH!!!! Next thing you know they'll have families with ... CHILDREN!!!!! OH no!!!! DOOM!!! 2 0ReplyMidnight 1 day agowhats next, pay taxes? vote!! contribute to society? who are we going to put down in shame! who are we going to kick around? this country is going to hell! Jesus help us all! Now my son is going to have to wait on line to get a minimum wage job next to a hobo, an illegal immigrant (damn foreigners) and a robot with the same credentials... 1 0fluffykerfuffle 1 day agoLOL on both of you :D 0 0Rick 1 day agoI dont believe racism will ever go way. I'm white and I'm all for the HUMAN Race. I just ask that you not be prejudice and that you not judge anyone for the crimes of their fore fathers. And to say MLK was 'just like us.' Could you imagine a soul so torn by a pacifist stand that was responded to wit... more 1 0Replyfluffykerfuffle 1 day agomartin luther king was just like us in that he was a human being with no big claim to fame until he rose to the occasion when his people needed him... as any of us can if we ...can. But yes, he was truely a hero, as was the rest of his family and the people who stood with him against that hostile ... more 1 0Warren 1 day agoI went to Glenn Becks, website and I thought I was at Mr. Rogers neighborhood, can you say car good I knew you could, can you see a smartphone good I knew you could, we live in exciting dangerous times why just the cat ran over me, is that just scary or what 0 1Replyfluffykerfuffle 1 day agoI
am not going to glenn becks website no matter how interesting you make it sound
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The game changer is a new website called keysduplicated.com: All you have to do is snap a clear photo of any house key with your smartphone and upload it to the site. Sophisticated software analyzes the grooves of the key down to the tiniest millimeter, all from the photo. Then a machine drills out the key's teeth, perfectly matching the key in the picture.
This year's BAF sees women in animation and gaming as a central theme. We delved into the research to find out if expectations had changed for modern female characters.
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Who leads the way for the modern, adventurous and intelligent female characters?
To kick off this year’s Bradford Animation Festival (17 – 22 November) we asked more than 2,000 people what they thought about female animated characters, as women in animation and gaming is a central theme of this year’s event.
The results revealed that audiences believe female characters in modern animation are more independent, adventurous and intelligent than female characters in the past, whose defining characteristics they described as pretty and romantic.
The top answers for the traditional view of female lead animated characters were: ‘Pretty’ (38%), ‘Romantic’(37%) and ‘Independent’ (33%). The modern view of female characters saw ‘Independent’ top the list (43%), with ‘Adventurous’ (39%) and ‘Intelligent’ (39%) equally matched in second place.
Princess Fiona from Shrek was named as the most popular female character (with 14% of the vote).
The Adventures of Prince Achmed, by Lotte Reiniger
However it came as a surprise to nearly 80% respondents that the oldest-surviving animated feature (The Adventures of Prince Achmed, 1926) was made by a woman, Lotte Reiniger. At this year’s BAF we’re celebrating the creative excellence of Lotte and other female pioneers, such as Joy Batchelor, one of Britain’s foremost female animators and driving force, along with her partner John Hallas, in the creation of Britain’s first animated feature film Animal Farm.
Joy Batchelor, along with partner John Hallas, created the UK’s first animated feature Animal Farm
We’re also looking to the present and future with our lifetime achievement award winner, producer Claire Jennings who has worked on titles such as Coraline and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Elsewhere festival regular Joanna Quinn, acclaimed animator and founder of Beryl Productions, is making a welcome return, and British animator Jo Lawrence has created the animated festival banner.
Claire Jennings (producer of Coraline & Wallace and Gromint: Curse of the Were- Rabbit, among others). BAF 2014 Lifetime Achievement award.
The survey also revealed something we’ve secretly suspected all along, as 80% of those questioned believe that animation is for everyone, not just for children (or bigger kids!). Our programme reflects this entirely, delving into all genres of animation, with documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, narrative films and more.
And just to show how popular animation is, from 2,006 people who stated they watch animation, a majority of 46% named animation as their favourite film and television genre, with 46% also watching an animated film or TV programme at least once a week.
Finally, in honour of Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations founder Peter Lord’s visit, and the recent online revival of his creation Morph, we asked which other TV animation the public would like to see make a comeback.
Morph & Chas, who made a comeback this year. Aardman Animations
42% said The Flintstones, 35% would like to see The Wacky Races, and 33% said The Magic Roundabout. We’d love to see them all.
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Aesop's Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with Aesop's name have descended to modern times through a number of sources.
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Fable as a genre
Apollonius of Tyana, a 1st-century CE philosopher, is recorded as having said about Aesop:
The Greek historian Herodotus mentioned in passing that "Aesop the fable writer" was a slave who lived in Ancient Greece during the 5th century BCE. Among references in other writers, Aristophanes, in his comedy The Wasps, represented the protagonist Philocleon as having learnt the "absurdities" of Aesop from conversation at banquets; Plato wrote in Phaedo that Socrates whiled away his jail time turning some of Aesop's fables "which he knew" into verses. Nonetheless, for two main reasons – because numerous morals within Aesop's attributed fables contradict each other, and because ancient accounts of Aesop's life contradict each other – the modern view is that Aesop did not solely compose all those fables attributed to him, if he even existed at all. Instead, any fable tended to be ascribed to the name of Aesop if there was no known alternative literary source.
In Classical times there were various theorists who tried to differentiate these fables from other kinds of narration. They had to be short and unaffected; in addition, they are fictitious, useful to life and true to nature. In them could be found talking animals and plants, although humans interacting only with humans figure in a few. Typically they might begin with a contextual introduction, followed by the story, often with the moral underlined at the end. Setting the context was often necessary as a guide to the story's interpretation, as in the case of the political meaning of The Frogs Who Desired a King and The Frogs and the Sun.
Sometimes the titles given later to the fables have become proverbial, as in the case of 'killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs or the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. In fact some fables, such as The Young Man and the Swallow, appear to have been invented as illustrations of already existing proverbs. One theorist, indeed, went so far as to define fables as extended proverbs. In this they have an aetiological function, the explaining of origins such as, in another context, why the ant is a mean, thieving creature. Other fables, also verging on this function, are outright jokes, as in the case of The Old Woman and the Doctor, aimed at greedy practitioners of medicine.Origins
The contradictions between fables already mentioned and alternative versions of much the same fable - as in the case of The Woodcutter and the Trees, are best explained by the ascription to Aesop of all examples of the genre. Some are demonstrably of West Asian origin, others have analogues even further to the East. Modern scholarship reveals fables and proverbs of Aesopic form existing in both ancient Sumer and Akkad, as early as the third millennium BCE. Aesop's fables and the Indian tradition, as represented by the Buddhist Jataka Tales and the Hindu Panchatantra, share about a dozen tales in common although often widely differing in detail. There is therefore some debate over whether the Greeks learned these fables from Indian storytellers or the other way, or if the influences were mutual. Loeb editor Ben E. Perry took the extreme position in his book Babrius and Phaedrus that
Although Aesop and the Buddha were near contemporaries, the stories of neither were recorded in writing until some centuries after their death and few disinterested scholars would now be prepared to make so absolute a stand about their origin in view of the conflicting and still emerging evidence.Translation and transmissionGreek versionsA Greek manuscript of the fables of Babrius
When and how the fables arrived in and travelled from ancient Greece remains uncertain. Some cannot be dated any earlier than Babrius and Phaedrus, several centuries after Aesop, and yet others even later. The earliest mentioned collection was by Demetrius of Phalerum, an Athenian orator and statesman of the 4th century BCE, who compiled the fables into a set of ten books for the use of orators. A follower of Aristotle, he simply catalogued all the fables that earlier Greek writers had used in isolation as exempla, putting them into prose. At least it was evidence of what was attributed to Aesop by others; but this may have included any ascription to him from the oral tradition in the way of animal fables, fictitious anecdotes, etiological or satirical myths, possibly even any proverb or joke, that these writers transmitted. It is more a proof of the power of Aesop's name to attract such stories to it than evidence of his actual authorship. In any case, although the work of Demetrius was mentioned frequently for the next twelve centuries, and was considered the official Aesop, no copy now survives.
Present day collections evolved from the later Greek version of Babrius, of which there now exists an incomplete manuscript of some 160 fables in choliambic verse. Current opinion is that he lived in the 1st century CE. In the 11th century appear the fables of 'Syntipas', now thought to be the work of the Greek scholar Michael Andreopulos. These are translations of a Syriac version, itself translated from a much earlier Greek collection, and contain some fables unrecorded before. The version of 55 fables in choliambic tetrameters by the 9th century CE Ignatius the Deacon is also worth mentioning for its early inclusion of stories from Oriental sources.
Some light is thrown on the entry of stories from Oriental sources into the Aesopic canon by their appearance in Jewish commentaries on the Talmud and in Midrashic literature from the 1st century CE. Some 30 fables appear there, of which twelve resemble those that are common to both Greek and Indian sources, six are parallel to those only in Indian sources, and six others in Greek only. Where similar fables exist in Greece, India, and in the Talmud, the Talmudic form approaches more nearly the Indian. Thus, the fable "The Wolf and the Crane" is told in India of a lion and another bird. When Joshua ben Hananiah told that fable to the Jews, to prevent their rebelling against Rome and once more putting their heads into the lion's jaws (Gen. R. lxiv.), he shows familiarity with some form derived from India.Latin versions
The first extensive translation of Aesop into Latin iambic trimeters was performed by Phaedrus, a freedman of Augustus in the 1st century CE, although at least one fable had already been translated by the poet Ennius two centuries before, and others are referred to in the work of Horace. The rhetorician Aphthonius of Antioch wrote a technical treatise on, and converted into Latin prose, some forty of these fables in 315. It is notable as illustrating contemporary and later usage of fables in rhetorical practice. Teachers of philosophy and rhetoric often set the fables of Aesop as an exercise for their scholars, inviting them not only to discuss the moral of the tale, but also to practise style and the rules of grammar by making new versions of their own. A little later the poet Ausonius handed down some of these fables in verse, which the writer Julianus Titianus translated into prose, and in the early 5th century Avianus put 42 of these fables into Latin elegiacs.12th century pillar, cloister of the Collegiata di Sant'Orso, Aosta: the Fox and the Stork
The largest, oldest known and most influential of the prose versions of Phaedrus bears the name of an otherwise unknown fabulist named Romulus. It contains 83 fables, dates from the 10th century and seems to have been based on an earlier prose version which, under the name of "Aesop" and addressed to one Rufus, may have been written in the Carolingian period or even earlier. The collection became the source from which, during the second half of the Middle Ages, almost all the collections of Latin fables in prose and verse were wholly or partially drawn. A version of the first three books of Romulus in elegiac verse, possibly made around the 12th century, was one of the most highly influential texts in medieval Europe. Referred to variously (among other titles) as the verse Romulus or elegiac Romulus, it was a common Latin teaching text and was popular well into the Renaissance. Another version of Romulus in Latin elegiacs was made by Alexander Neckam, born at St Albans in 1157.
Interpretive "translations" of the elegiac Romulus were very common in Europe in the Middle Ages. Among the earliest was one in the 11th century by Ademar of Chabannes, which includes some new material. This was followed by a prose collection of parables by the Cistercian preacher Odo of Cheriton around 1200 where the fables (many of which are not Aesopic) are given a strong medieval and clerical tinge. This interpretive tendency, and the inclusion of yet more non-Aesopic material, was to grow as versions in the various European vernaculars began to appear in the following centuries.
With the revival of literary Latin during the Renaissance, authors began compiling collections of fables in which those traditionally by Aesop and those from other sources appeared side by side. One of the earliest was by Lorenzo Bevilaqua, also known as Laurentius Abstemius, who wrote 197 fables, the first hundred of which were published as Hecatomythium in 1495. Little by Aesop was included. At the most, some traditional fables are adapted and reinterpreted: The Lion and the Mouse is continued and given a new ending (fable 52); The Oak and the Reed becomes "The Elm and the Willow" (53); The Ant and the Grasshopper is adapted as "The Gnat and the Bee" (94) with the difference that the gnat offers to teach music to the bee's children. There are also Mediaeval tales such as The Mice in Council (195) and stories created to support popular proverbs such as 'Still Waters Run Deep' (5) and 'A woman, an ass and a walnut tree' (65), where the latter refers back to Aesop's fable of The Walnut Tree. Most of the fables in Hecatomythium were later translated in the second half of Roger L'Estrange's Fables of Aesop and other eminent mythologists (1692); some also appeared among the 102 in H. Clarke's Latin reader, Select fables of Aesop: with an English translation (1787), of which there were both English and American editions.
There were later three notable collections of fables in verse, among which the most influential was Gabriele Faerno's Centum Fabulae (1564). The majority of the hundred fables there are Aesop's but there are also humorous tales such as The drowned woman and her husband (41) and The miller, his son and the donkey (100). In the same year that Faerno was published in Italy, Hieronymus Osius brought out a collection of 294 fables titled Fabulae Aesopi carmine elegiaco redditae in Germany. This too contained some from elsewhere, such as The Dog in the Manger (67). Then in 1604 the Austrian Pantaleon Weiss, known as Pantaleon Candidus, published Centum et Quinquaginta Fabulae. The 152 poems there were grouped by subject, with sometimes more than one devoted to the same fable, although presenting alternative versions of it, as in the case of The Hawk and the Nightingale (133-5). It also includes the earliest instance of The Lion, the Bear and the Fox (60) in a language other than Greek.
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