Bitcoin inferno

“To say it’s a meteoric rise isn’t too hyperbolic. Bitcoin hit $15,000 early Thursday, just 12 hours after it passed the $14,000 mark, reports Business Insider, which puts the digital currency’s 36-hour increase at more than $3,000. To illustrate the massive growth another way: 10 days ago, the cryptocurrency market as a whole was worth $300 billion; now it’s above $400 billion, per CoinMarketCap.com. The quote of the day on the subject comes from Royal Bank of Scotland chair Sir Howard Davies, who called the whole situation “irrational exuberance” in comments to Bloomberg and warned, “All the authorities can do is put up the sign from Dante’s Inferno: ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here.’ ”  […]    –Kate Seamons, Newser, December 7, 2017

Criminal Minds, “Burn” (S10E02)

Criminal_Minds_season_10_episode_2-Dante-Circles-Hell“There’s been a string of killings, from a drowning, to strangulation, to a hit and run. There seems to be no connection – except all the victims are fathers with sons the same age, and the killings are following the sins laid out in Dante’s Circle of Hell. Apparently, the UnSub has some serious daddy issues.” — CBS

During the episode, the killer hallucinates a voice repeatedly crying to him, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

Clinton Road, New Jersey

Urban legend has it that this road has been witness to numerous ill-fated events, ranging from accidents to the occult and the criminal.  See the wikipedia page.  Photo by Bryan Calvo.

Contributed by Bryan Calvo (Harvard, ’19)

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl (2012)

gone-girl-movie-still-abandon-all-hopeIn both the book and the movie Gone Girl the main character, Amy, says about marriage: “Marriage is compromise and hard work, and then more hard work and communication and compromise. And then work. Abandon all hope, ye who enter.”

For the 2012 book by Gillian Flynn, see the Gone Girl page on Flynn’s website.

For the 2014 film directed by David Fincher, see the film’s official website.

Contributed by Autumn Friesen (University of Texas ’16)

Tim Dedopulos, “Dante’s Infernal Puzzle Collection” (2013)

91tu0J59qyL“Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here… Dante’s Infernal Puzzle Collection is a superb, original book filled with riddles, conundrums and brainteasers inspired by the epic poem the ‘Divine Comedy’. The reader must pit their wits against Satan himself on their quest to make it through all nine circles of Hell to Paradise! More than 100 extremely challenging puzzles are included, all themed and illustrated with superb line art, making this book all you need to get to puzzle Paradise…”    —Amazon

Jessica Jones and Hell

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In the 10th episode of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones”, the supervillain Kilgrave (The Purple Man) holds a young woman named Hope hostage and quotes, “Abandon Hope, all ye who enter here. That’s the words written on the doorway to Hell.”

Contributed by Stephanie Hotz, University of Texas – Austin

Hell in the Armory Presents “Inferno” (San Francisco)

Hell-in-the-Armory-San-Francisco-Small“We’re teaming up with the twisted minds who brought you Blackout to create a grotesque and twisted journey through Hell. Designed specifically for the San Francisco Armory.

“Based on the famous ‘Dante’s Inferno’, this immersive horror experience will be a wild and savage mindf*** unlike anything seen before. Violence, sexuality, and hardcore horrors are all awaiting visitors as they are forced to confront their sins and traverse through the Hell of Dante’s journey.” —Hell in the Armory website

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Contributed by Pete Maiers

Avatar: the Last Airbender

In season two, episode 12, Avatar Aang and his friends Sokka, Katara, and Tof take a refugee couple across a deadly strip of land named “The Serpent’s Pass.” Before they start the path, they come upon an archway with the words “Abandon hope” inscribed on it.

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The episode is available to watch here.

Contributed by Alex Sallade (University of Delaware)

Nine Circles of Plagiarism Hell

“Through me, you pass into the city of consequences — All hope abandon ye plagiarists who enter here.

“In the spirit of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, Unicheck plagiarism checker reveals an alternative and humorous look at the fate that awaits plagiarists who are committing a sin against originality. The plagiarism hell has a place for everyone, even ‘good’ souls who ignore plagiarism guidelines, thereby sealing their fate to one day plagiarize and face the consequences of plagiarism, dwell here. The infographic takes a closer look at what happens to poor souls guilty of various plagiarism sins, ranging from the unintentional plagiarism to submitting the wholly stolen work. It offers a tour through the nine increasingly dreadful circles of plagiarism hell, in which sinners remain until they correct all incidents of copying and fraud. The most passive souls never leave, abandoning their graduation and career dreams.” — Unicheck Team, Unicheck, September 17, 2015

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As Above, So Below (2014)

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The thriller film As Above, So Below features a journey to the catacombs below Paris – and a Dantesque passage.

The wall above the entry to this passage reads, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

Contributed by Erik Anderson, Hargrave Military Academy ’15