A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 01, 2023
“Accidentally closed a browser with 20+ tabs opened…”

Is the internet comparable to the Great Library of Alexandria of the ancient world? This was posted on X/Twitter by Screaming Pectoriloquy (๐•–๐•ฉ๐•–๐•”๐•ฆ๐•ฅ๐•–๐••) on September 17, 2020, and received over 560,300 likes:
   
“Accidentally closed a browser with 20+ tabs opened . . . this must be what the scholars of Alexandria felt when their great library burned.”
   
“I just closed 32 tabs of research on accident. I now know how the destruction of the Library of Alexandria must have felt like” was posted on X/Twitter by Jeff Hirschy on August 6, 2021. “Accidentally just closed 32 tabs on my computer browser… this must be what the scholars of Alexandria felt when their great library burned” was posted on Facebook (shown on an image) by The Vintage News on July 12, 2023.
   
       
Wikipedia: Library of Alexandria
The Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. The library was part of a larger research institution called the Mouseion, which was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. The idea of a universal library in Alexandria may have been proposed by Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled Athenian statesman living in Alexandria, to Ptolemy I Soter, who may have established plans for the Library, but the Library itself was probably not built until the reign of his son Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The Library quickly acquired many papyrus scrolls, owing largely to the Ptolemaic kings’ aggressive and well-funded policies for procuring texts. It is unknown precisely how many such scrolls were housed at any given time, but estimates range from 40,000 to 400,000 at its height.

X/Twitter
Screaming Pectoriloquy (๐•–๐•ฉ๐•–๐•”๐•ฆ๐•ฅ๐•–๐••)
@Caulimovirus
Accidentally closed a browser with 20+ tabs opened . . . this must be what the scholars of Alexandria felt when their great library burned.
3:18 PM ยท Sep 17, 2020
   
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Yusuf
@HimaSj16
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I accidentally closed my browser with 20+ tabs opened . . . this must be what the scholars of Alexandria felt when their great library burned. Arrrgggg
9:17 AM ยท Sep 18, 2020
 
iFunny 
Son_of_Sam_2018
21 sep 2020
Accidentally closed a browser with 20+ tabs opened ...this must be what the scholars of Alexandria felt when their great library burned.
   
X/Twitter
Jeff Hirschy
@indianahirschy
I just closed 32 tabs of research on accident. I now know how the destruction of the Library of Alexandria must have felt like.
4:02 PM ยท Aug 6, 2021
       
X/Twitter
Keshav Kabra
@noblekeshav
Accidentally closed a browser with 30+ tabs opened… this must be what the scholars of Alexandria felt when their great library burned.
9:00 AM ยท Apr 4, 2022
   
X/Twitter
Guhan K
@Guhankesav
Accidentally closed a browser with 30+ ๐Ÿ’ป tabs opened,,this must be what the scholars of Alexandria felt when their great Library burned ๐Ÿ”ฅ
12:53 PM ยท Jul 23, 2022
 
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Maahi The Great
@MaahiTheGreat
I just closed a browser with 30+ tabs open… This must be how the Scholars of Alexandria felt when their great library burned…
7:37 AM ยท May 2, 2023
 
Facebook
The Vintage News
July 12, 2023 at 10:02AM ยท
Never thought I would relate to the Library of Alexandria burning but here I am
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
Accidentally just closed 32 tabs on
my computer browser… this must
be what the scholars of Alexandria
felt when their great library burned
 
Facebook
im not right in the head.com added a new photo to the album: NOT RIGHT TECHNOLOGY.
July 31, 2023 at 8:05 AM ยท
For the not right intellectuals out there…
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
Accidentally just closed 32 tabs on
my computer browser… this must
be what the scholars of Alexandria
felt when their great library burned

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Tuesday, August 01, 2023 • Permalink


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