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"Paper Shuffling..."

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago April 13, 2013 Apr 13, 2013 Saturday, April 13 2013 April 13, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton


On this date in 1871, renowned French scientist Camille Flammarion was writing L'Atmosphere when a strong wind gust blew open the window near his desk. As noted in a previous column, in seconds the whirlwind shuffled his manuscript onto the street. The manuscript was transported through the rain to Lahure's printing office in the Rude de Fleurus, a half-mile-away, without a single page destroyed or missing. The scientist's chapter was devoted to the force of wind. Glancing outside, one of Lahure's publishing assistants noticed the rain and the manuscript strewn on the street. Thinking he had dropped the document he quickly retrieved it. He took the pages into the printing office and told no one for fear of termination; later disclosing the incident. Flammarion was also a collector of coincidences.


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