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Mr Everyday
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Unusual Edition by Mr Everyday

October 4th, 2008 3:23 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Make a book out of an unusual material.

I was so happy to see this task appear - I was just thinking of ways to zero-level the old form of this task, and this way I get points....

Anyway, I was thinking about a few different materials for this one. i had hoped to get my letter punches in time, but no go, so copper sheets were out (Maybe absurdum will do that). I tried cheese slices another day, but the ink take-up was poor, and the slices crumbled when the pages were turned. I decided it had to be a material both flexibile and able to take ink well... then it hit me - BREAD!!!

Of course I would have to do something to make it take the ink evenly. My Aunt at work suggested toasting them and using a permenant marker, but I wanted something a little more refined - besides, toast isn't flexibile enough... Finally, I decided that cutting off the crusts and squashing the bread flat would produce the best writing surface.

Trials proved that the ink take-up was superb.

Next I had to decide on a text. I concidered various recipies for bread, but finally decided on the parable of loaves and fishes - it just seemed right. Located the text online, got my pen ready, and was good to go. See pictures for the construction process...

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Open book
Read through.
Last page

37 vote(s)

Favorite of:


bread, holybibble, food

13 comment(s)

Let Them Read Bread!
posted by Waldo Cheerio on October 4th, 2008 3:48 AM

Curse all those foolish zealots who would burn controversial bread to avert it's public consumption. Also, Wow.

I'll have my "War and Peace" lightly toasted with cheese thanks. +1
posted by Mr Everyday on October 4th, 2008 3:56 AM

Thanks Waldo ;-> And the best bit is THIS time I got first complete... SO close for the code task.

Tomorrow I think I'll feed it to the ducks (though the ink might not be good for them).

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posted by susy derkins on October 4th, 2008 8:34 AM

This is so nifty and symbolic and all around cool.
Tapestries, uh?

Eventual fate
posted by Meelar on October 4th, 2008 3:14 PM

Very cool. Any idea how long the book will last? It seems there might be mold issues.

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posted by Mr Everyday on October 4th, 2008 5:18 PM

I'm less worried about mold (if you squash bread it doesn't often grow mold for some reason) than about the issue of staleness. The cover has already gone stale, which means the edges are crumbly, and it no longer bends. Now, the cover doesn't really NEED to bend, but the pages do.

I was considering siliconing it, to arrest both problems, but siliconing spray often creates problems of stiffness too...

I'm still seriously considering feeding it to the ducks... possibly as bait for the "fishing" task (I need to think carefully about how NOT to kill or damage the ducks this time (Have hunted ducks for food in the past)).

The moral of this story is that bread books are best read while fresh.

And now I only have 1 vote point left...
posted by Sombrero Guy on October 5th, 2008 1:39 AM

This is brilliant.

I would have given it more points, but I don't want a completely empty vote bank...

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posted by Tøm on October 5th, 2008 3:29 AM

I too would have given it more (Probably 5, this is win) but I have no points left.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 5th, 2008 10:34 AM

That's the Loaves and Fishes story on a loaf of bread. That's kinda wild.

Market Bee

self referential!
posted by Ombwah on October 5th, 2008 3:25 PM

That's pretty great! :)

i like this task
posted by praximity on October 6th, 2008 12:41 PM

but i really like this completion.
's good.

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posted by artmouse on October 6th, 2008 1:12 PM

damn that looks tasty! and it combines two of my most favourite things: literature and carbohydrates

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posted by rongo rongo on October 19th, 2008 6:13 PM

Neat! I would never have guessed how good the ink uptake is for squashed bread.

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posted by Mr Everyday on October 19th, 2008 6:46 PM

Only if you squash it really firm and use a decent pen. I tried a couple of pens to no success, but the parker pen I use for signing cheques had just the right consistency of ink to make writing on bread a joy... Maybe they should use that in their advertisements...