Fri, 11 Nov 2016
The worst literature reference ever
I think I may have found the single worst citation on Wikipedia. It's in the article on sausage casing. There is the following very interesting claim:
That was exciting, and I wanted to know more. And there was a citation, so I could follow up!
The citation was:
I had my work cut out for me. All I had to do was drive up to New Haven and start translating their 45,000 cuneiform tablets until I found the cookbook.
(I tried to find a better reference, and turned up the book The Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia. The author, Jean Bottéro, was the discoverer of the cookbook, or rather he was the person who recognized that this tablet was a cookbook and not a pharmacopoeia or whatever. If the Babylonian haggis recipe is anywhere, it is probably there.)
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