10 Easter Eggs in October
Inside cover of "A Very Curious Cabinet"
1. Caroli Linnaei or Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) was the Swedish botanist who devised the System of Classifying and Naming Organisms. The poster on the cover of the notebook is a nod to his work System Naturae which went through 12 editions in his lifetime. Although now very much expanded, we largely still use his system to this day.
2. His name is rendered in Latin because he chose Latin as the language for the naming convention to avoid the politics of using a particular nation's language. At the same time, almost everyone knew Latin among the Europeans because of the Catholic Church so this was a truly unifying language.
3. Curious is deliberately misspelled with the "u" hidden with a question mark hanging on it. The reason for this is the word curious is derived from the word CURIOS referring to the collection of odd things (to the Europeans) inside the cabinets.
4. On top of the map, the drawers are the four major classifications of the Plant Kingdom, Pinophyta (pine cones), Magnoliaphyta (flowering) Gingkophyta (of which only the Chinese gingko tree belongs- others are extinct) and Lycophyta (ferns) ... the drawers have seeds of the different plants.
5. Do you know about Resurrection Plants (middle cover)? It appears completely dried up and dead but with water- blooms back to life. Watch this online- revival in 3 hours without immersion.
6. The grasshopper on top is huge in relation to the Jewel Beetles because it is the magnified version of the grasshopper in the center.
7. Those jars are supposed to contain preserved animals but I didn't want to put any animals in them so those are pearl onions and olives hahhahahaha.
8. Next to the Systema Naturae poster is a moth (top) and butterfly (bottom) and if you look closely you will now know some of the defining features that warrants their separate classifications.
9. The Window on the back cover that opens into a small world goes into another room that goes into another room and into another and is meant to indicate that the wonders of our world are endless (they are also examples of how the cabinets went from small room to museums and vice versa from small rooms to small cabinets.)
10. On the bottom left corner of the back cover is a detail of a Map of the Singapore River that was filed in the British Library India Office on 18 June 1825.