You can unzip this tiny image on Twitter to reveal the complete works of Shakespeare

Shakespeare was a prolific playwright, penning more than 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout his entire career. Now, his life’s work has been compiled into a tiny image on Twitter by computer science researcher David Buchanan. When unzipped, the image opens up more ZIP and RAR files to reveal an HTML browser with Project Gutenberg’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, specifically, this 6.7MB page.

Buchanan explained to Motherboard that the trick came to him while he was testing how much raw data he could cram into a tweet. “I wrote a script which parses a JPG file and inserts a big blob of ICC metadata,” he said. “The metadata is carefully crafted so that all the required ZIP headers are in the right place.”

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