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Google appears to be in a bit of a hurry to achieve its ultimate dark aim of indexing all of the world's knowledge, including humanity's entire literary output, as this image of an 1855 issue of The Gentleman's Magazine demonstrates: Google book scan showing woman's hand Quite what "Sylvanus Urban", the editor of this fine …


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  1. Ash
    Paris Hilton

    Oh dear lord...

    ... Do Miss Hilton's lady-friends own some?

    Coat and scalf following in short order.

  2. supermeerkat

    She appears to be wearing finger condoms....

    The mind boggles.

  3. Ian Ferguson
    Gates Halo

    Does she use an iPhone?

    Those finger-condoms look just like the ones punted for clean iPhone screen usage.

  4. Mountford D


    I know I should be coming up with a comment a la mode El Reg but seriously folks, they are finger grips. It's a thinner version of the rubber thimbles used by bank tellers to count large wads of cash and a more hygienic way of gripping paper than licking your fingers. And yes, it's the same material as condoms: rubber.

  5. Anonymous Coward


    Thanks. We already knew that, after the story about the over-expensive iPhone fingerbobs. That's why all those guys were making jokes about it, yeh?

    HTH back atcha!

  6. Anonymous Coward

    Gentleman's magazine - says it all

    Nah, not an artefact. You're looking at a close-up of Miss June 1855 - "Tana, the naughty colonial nurse"

  7. Keith T

    Wrong Title

    I've come to expect more from the Reg with the headlines.

    How about:

    "Google Book scanner fingered." ?

  8. David

    Her fingers look burnt.

    Exposing one's fingers to a photocopy machine day after day, results in red fingers and other possible side affects.

  9. Daniel

    Overheard at the googlecopier :

    "only another 675 pages to go ...... and then I get to start on Rob Roy."

    It may not quite be the most boring job in the world, but it most be close. Stock options and free flying lessons or not.

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