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Edgar Allan Poe's Own Balloon Hoax May Have Inspired Jules Verne

Many were shocked when it was revealed that Falcon Heene's fictitious balloon ride was nothing more than a fame-grabbing hoax, but this is hardly the first time that a fake tale of a high-flying balloon captured people's imaginations. In 1844, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a detailed piece about famed balloonist Monck Mason's… » 10/20/09 4:27pm 10/20/09 4:27pm