Information slays dragons

When medieval cartographers charted the edges of the known world, it was a frequent practice to pencil in monsters in the areas that had not yet been discovered, typically a dragon-like figure. 

Our oldest known usage of the phrase “here be dragons” appeared on a globe produced in 1504, the area on the east coast of Asia bears the Latin phrase “hic sunt dracones.” In the face of the unknown, the early mapmakers . . .

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