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TSA finds throwing daggers concealed in book

The Transportation Security Administration on Monday found a book concealing two throwing daggers in the carry-on bag of a passenger traveling from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport to Chicago
The Transportation Security Administration on Monday found a book concealing two throwing daggers in the carry-on bag of a passenger traveling from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport to Chicago. The daggers -- and the book -- were surrendered to the TSA at a checkpoint.

According to one report, the TSA described the 6-inch throwing knives as "artfully concealed" in a hardcover book. The book's pages were glued together and hollowed out, a method of hiding keepsakes sometimes known as a book safe. The hollowed-out book was also a way of concealing contraband; during Prohibition, a hollowed-out book could conceal a flask or pint of illicit liquor.

In this case, the hollowed-out book that concealed the throwing knives appears to have been thematically linked. In the photo above, the book is open to the chapter "Ninja Equipment."

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Photo: A hollowed-out book containing two throwing daggers. Credit: Transportation Security Administration / Associated Press

13 favorite bookplates for sale on Etsy

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As e-readers and e-books rise in popularity this holiday season, good old fashioned books stand out for the things that make them especially bookish. Their tangibility. The way they feel. How their covers look on a shelf. And how, on that inside cover, you can attach a bookplate giving notice that the book is your own. These are our 13 favorites.

All of them come from DIY site Etsy. Above, trompe d'oeil bookplates are made from a photo of a toy boat (say that three times fast). These use-your-own-glue bookplates can be personalized by the artist and cost $6 for a set of 10.

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Robots! Green letterpress robots. Designed by artist Brandi Powell, they come in sets of 5 for $7.50 (use your own glue).

Bookplate4_chairsGo mid-century modern with the bookplate design at left featuring a drawing of a Herman Miller seat set. This bookplate is printed on a 2.5-inch by 2.5-inch sticker and will be personalized by the artist with the buyer's name. It comes in sets of 25 for $15, but you can request another quantity -- who knows, maybe a Herman Miller-esque multiple of three.

Many of the bookplate listings on Etsy note how they're made -- with acid-free adhesive or paper, special inks, printed on letterpress machines.

The bookplate below uses a Kodak waterproof ink, which they say has bright, resilient color (although the waterproof part may be moot -- get too much water on a bookplate, and your book is almost certainly in trouble). The creator calls the design is lacey chrysanthemum -- a set of six is $8. 

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Some bookplates are for those with bad attitudes, like these marvelous skull-and-crossbones self-adhesive letterpress bookplates, which let borrowers know the books are "from the den of the dastardly." A set of 10 is $6.

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