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Volume X, Number 2 | spring 2017


The earliest reliable account of human flight concerns a Benedictine monk named Eilmer, who in 1066 fastened wings to his hands and feet, jumped from a tower, and glided more than six hundred feet before falling from the sky and breaking both his legs. He blamed the failure on not having fitted himself with a tail.

There are truths that prove their discoverers witless.

- Karl Kraus, 1909

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