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Jules Verne
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    (February 8, 1828-March 24, 1905)
    Wrote 'Around the World in 80 Days,' 'From Earth to the Moon,' '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' and 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'
    His works are often mistaken with those of H.G. Wells.
    As a child, he once saw a boy crying because he was to be placed on a ship and sent away, so he offered to change places with that boy.
    His father found out of his scheme and snatched young Jules before the ship sailed and punished him.
    At that point, the adventurous Jules decided it was safer to only travel in his mind.
    Although some of his contraptions are ridiculous, like sending people to the moon in a hallowed out cannon ball via a 900 foot cannon, he reasoned that its power would have the velocity to escape Earth's atmosphere.
    He made a deal in the 1860's to publish two books a year at a sum of $4,000 annually (he stuck to that agreement until he died forty years later).
    At his death, he was fifteen books ahead of that agreement.
    He took great pains to make his books scientifically reasonable, even if his contraptions were not reasonable.
    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
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    In 2012, Out of 73 Votes: 36.99% Annoying
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    In 2007, Out of 153 Votes: 45.75% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 179 Votes: 44.69% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 313 Votes: 42.17% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 344 Votes: 41.57% Annoying
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    In 2002, Out of 2346 Votes: 37.77% Annoying
    In 2001, Out of 5060 Votes: 39.05% Annoying
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