The Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group

The Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group is an extensive website dedicate to the taxonomy of occlupanids. They are divided into 17 families and further classified into genus and species, with descriptions. It is a painstakingly precise project, fine-tuned by decades of work. But you might not know what occlupanids are. They are bread clips. And the group is not really a group; it is the work of computer graphics and visualization specialist John Daniel, who began his work classifying occlupanids in 1994. The website is a throwback to the days when the internet was a wondrous repository of esoteric knowledge made accessible to the world.

Daniel himself coined the word occlupanid, which combines the Latin occlu- (to close) and -pan (bread). The term has entered the general English lexicon, and is now used in the scientific community.   

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Input magazine recently discovered the Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group, and sought out Daniel for his story. Learn what sparked his interest in bread clips, how he built the occlupanid database, and what it means to the fans who follow it in the interview. -via Metafilter

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