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They Said He Would Never Learn, Now He’ll Teach Them A Thing Or Two…

” A genius boy whose IQ is higher than Albert Einstein is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after being set free of special education programs in public schools. His mother made the decision to take him out of the programs, even after having doctors diagnose him with Aspergers and say that her son Jacob Barnett would never even learn to tie his shoes.

She describes in her book “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius” that she was afraid of trying to pull him out of school. “For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals. But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.” “

Amazing Things In The World

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Gottfried: Jonathan Winters was mad brilliant

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” Jonathan Winters was not always in his right mind. I don’t mean that only in the showbiz sense, but in the mental health sense. Jonathan, who died Thursday, was a nut as a comic, but also manic depressive and was institutionalized at least once in his life. He was also brilliantly talented. And the combination of his mental troubles and amazing talent made him the legendary performer that he was. He recognized this himself, telling an NPR reporter in 2011, “I need that pain — whatever it is — to call upon it from time to time, no matter how bad it was.” ”

Happy 185th Birthday To Jules Gabriel Verne 

Born February 8 , 1828 – Jules VerneFrancepioneered sci-fi (From the Earth to the Moon)

 

 

 

February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905


Jules Gabriel Verne  (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science fiction genre in Europe.[1] He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Many of his novels involve elements of technology that were fantastic for the day but later became commonplace. He is the second most translated author in the world (after Agatha Christie).[2] Some of his books have also been made into live-action and animated films and television shows. Verne is often referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”, a title sometimes shared with Hugo Gernsback and H. G. Wells.[3]

 

 

 

Biography

 

Jules Verne (1828-1905), noted French scientific author wrote Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1869);

 

“You like the sea, Captain?”“Yes; I love it! The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the ‘Living Infinite,’ as one of your poets has said. In fact, Professor, Nature manifests herself in it by her three kingdoms–mineral, vegetable, and animal. The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it? In it is supreme tranquillity. The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears. Ah! sir, live–live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free!”–Ch. 10

 

Through his series of Les Voyages Extraordinaires and the fantastic and detailed illustrations which accompanied them, Verne predicted the use of hydrogen as an energy source (in From the Earth to the Moon) and many future modern conveniences and technological inventions such as skyscrapers, submarines, helicopters, and airplanes. The pioneering ways of travel and exploration which he wrote so much about are now common-place for us, such as exploration of the moon, the north and south poles, and the use of hot air balloons for long-distance voyages. In his time Verne was a true inventor and visionary; the names of his inventions and characters such as Captain Nemo, Phileas Fogg, and the submarine Nautilus have entered, and remain, a part of our popular culture. Verne’s works have been translated from the French to numerous languages but unfortunately in the earlier English editions much of his scientific detail is lost; they are often abridged, sometimes censored. Because of this, there is much mis-perception about Verne, and claims of racism and anti-semitism. Scholars continue to study Verne’s life and works to bring to light the authentic man and his extraordinary vision of the future.

Jules Gabriel Verne was born on 8 February 1828 in Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France, the first of five children born to Sophie Henriette Allotte de la Fuye (d. 1887) and Pierre Verne (1799-1871), attorney. In the busy maritime port city and summers spent on the Loire River, Verne was exposed to the comings and goings of schooners and ships that sparked his imagination for travel and adventure. After attending boarding school during which he started to write short stories and poetry, Verne settled in Paris to study law, as his father had done. However, upon obtaining his degree in 1850, he was much more interested in theatre, to his father’s disappointment. Living a bohemian life, he wrote and collaborated on numerous plays, dramas, and operettas including Blind Man’s Bluff (1852), often collaborating with his friend and musician Jean Louis Aristide Hignard (1822-1897).” 

 

 

 

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Jules Verne – Prophet Of Science Fiction

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Jules Verne Inventions That Came True

 

Submersible picture: ocean exploration with Alvin, for gallery of top ten National Geographic grants

Photograph by Emory Kristof and Alvin Chandler, National Geographic

 

 

 

Electric Submarines

 

” As made interactively evident by a retro-futuristic Google doodle, Tuesday would have been the 183rd birthday of Jules Verne. Had he lived to see 2011, the French science fiction writer also would have seen many of his fanciful inventions made real—more or less.

In perhaps his most famous novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,Verne’s Captain Nemo travels the world’s oceans in a giant electric submarine, the Nautilus—the inspiration for the portholed Jules Verne Google doodle.

Aside from its organ, formal dining room, and other luxuries, the Nautilus isn’t all that different from some modern subs, such as the circa-1964, three-passengerAlvin (pictured), which is powered by lead-acid batteries.

Like Alvin, the Nautilus was fully powered by electricity, “which at that time had a kind of magical aura,” said Rosalind Williams, a historian of technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In the book Captain Nemo describes electricity as “a powerful agent, obedient, rapid, easy, which conforms to every use, and reigns supreme on board my vessel.” “

 

 

 

 

Trivia

 

” Criticized H.G. Wells for inventing cavourite, a substance impervious to gravity, for his 1865 novel “The First Men in the Moon“. Verne thought Wells violated a cardinal rule that the logic of the story must not contradict contemporary scientific knowledge: “I sent my characters to the moon with gunpowder, a thing one may see every day. Where does Mr. Wells find his cavourite? Let him show it to me!”.

On 9 March 1886, as Verne was coming home, his nephew, Gaston, charged at him with a gun. As the two wrestled for it, it went off. The second bullet entered Verne’s left shin. He never fully recovered. Gaston spent the rest of his life in an asylum.

Son, Michel Jean Pierre (4 August 1861-1925). A classic enfant terrible, he married an actress over Verne’s objections, and had two children by his underage mistress. It seemed to take his father’s death for Michel to finally grow up. He oversaw publication of Verne’s last novels, “Invasion of the Sea” and “The Lighthouse at the End of the World” (both 1905).

His father was so outraged when he learned Jules was not going to continue law (both he and his father were lawyers), he cut off all financial support. Verne eventually became a stockbroker.

In 1863, he wrote “Paris in the 20th Century” about a young man who lives in a world of skyscrapers, high-speed trains, gas-powered automobiles, calculators, and a worldwide communications network, yet cannot find happiness, and comes to a tragic end. His publisher thought the novel’s pessimism would damage Verne’s career, and declined to publish it. Verne put the manuscript in a safe, where it was discovered by his great-grandson in 1989.

Had two stepchildren.

His novel “The Mysterious Island” is a sequel to both “In Search of the Castaways” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea“. “

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

This Bibliography Short List only includes 1 title listing per book/story
Please refer to the Complete Listing of Jules Verne Titles
or the Bibliographic Reference
 to find ANY Jules Verne book, story, play etc.
Please refer to the Jules Verne Who’s Who
for information on the characters in Jules Verne’s works.
 

Date
(of 1st English Publication)
Title of Book or Story
(click to sort by Title)
1869
Five Weeks in a Balloon
1869
From the Earth to the Moon
1872
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
1873
Adventures of 3 Englishmen and 3 Russians in South Africa
1873
All Around the Moon
1873
Around the World in 80 Days 
1873
The Children of Captain Grant
1873
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1874
Dr Ox’s Experiment, and Other Stories
1874
A Floating City, and the Blockade Runners
1874
The Fur Country,or 70° North Latitude
1875
Captain Hatteras 
Pt 1: The English at the North Pole 
Pt 2: Desert of Ice
1875
The Mysterious Island
1875
Wreck of the Chancellor
1876
Michael Strogoff, Courier of the Czar, and A Drama in Mexico
1877
Child of the Cavern
1877
Hector Servadac
1878
Dick Sands, or the Boy Captain
1879
The Begum’s Fortune
1879
The Exploration of the World
1880
The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century
1880
The Steam House 
Pt 1: Tigers and Traitors 
Pt 2: Demon of Cawnpore
1880
Tribulations of a Chinaman in China
1881
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
1881
The Great Explorers of the Nineteenth Century
1883
Godfrey Morgan: a Californian Mystery
1883
The Green Ray: A Romance of the Scottish Highland
1883
Keraban the Inflexible
1883
School For Crusoes
1885
The Archipelago on Fire
1885
Mathias Sandorf
1885
Southern Star Mystery
1886
Lottery Ticket
1886
Salvage From the Cynthia
1887
North against South
1887
Robur the Conqueror
1888
The Flight to France
1889
A Family Without a Name
1889
Two Year Vacation
1890
Caesar Cascabel
1890
The Purchase of the North Pole
1891
Mistress Branican
1893
Carpathian Castle
1894
Claudius Bombarnac, Special Correspondent
1895
Captain Antifer
1895
Foundling Mick (P’Tit Bonhomme)
1896
The Floating Island
1897
Clovis Dardentor
1897
For the Flag
1898
An Antarctic Mystery
1900
The Will of An Eccentric
1909
Chase of the Golden Meteor
1911
Master of the World
1923
The Lighthouse at the End of the World (now attributed to Michel Verne)
1923
Second Fatherland 
(published as: Their Island Home, and The Castaways of the Flag)
1960
Astonishing Adventure of the Barsac Mission 
Pt 1: Into the Niger Bend 
Pt 2: City in the Sahara
1962
Golden Volcano (now attributed to Michel Verne)
(published as: Claim on Forty Mile Creek, and Flood and Flame)
1963
Secret of Wilhelm Storitz
1964
Village in the Treetops
1965
The Agency Thompson and Company 
(Published as Package Holiday, and End of the Journey)
1965
Yesterday and Tomorrow(A collection of short stories)
1967
Danube Pilot
1967
Drama in Livonia
1967
Survivors of the Jonathen 
(published as The Masterless Man, and The Unwilling Dictator)
1967
The Sea Serpent / The Yarns of Jean-Marie Cabidoulin
1992
Backwards to Britain
1997
Paris in the Twentieth Century
2001
Invasion of the Sea (Invasion de la Mer)
– First Hard cover edition = 2001, and previously as a poorly translated serial in 1905
2002
Magellania
2002
The Mighty Orinoco ( Le Superbe Orénoque )
n/a
Illustrated Geography of France and Her Colonies  
(Geographie Illustree de la France et de ses Colonies – Not translated into English)
n/a
The Kip Brothers (Les Frères Kip – Not Translated into English)
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A Priest in 1839 (Un Pretre en 1839 – Not translated into English)
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Travelling Scholarships (Bourses de voyage – Not Translated into English)
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Uncle Robinson (L’Oncle Robinson – Not translated into English)

 

 

 

His Home Is Now A Museum

 

 

 

 

 

His Final Resting Place

”  Author . One of the most energetic and innovative writers of the 19th century, pioneer of both science-fiction and the adventure story (‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, ‘Five Weeks in a Balloon’, ‘ Michael Strogoff’, etc.). Many of his works are now better -known as the films they inspired. From 1888 until 1904 he was also a town councilor of Amiens. His extraordinary tomb was sculpted by Albert Roze and shows him bursting out of the grave bound for resurrection. “

Cause of death: illness following diabetes

Burial:

La Madeleine Cemetery 
Amiens
Departement de la Somme
Picardie, France
Plot: Section N

 

“DIY Submarine: Backyard Genius Awards”

“This man built a submarine from scratch. No kidding. That’s why he’s a certified Backyard Genius, part of Popular Mechanics’s yearly tribute to the world’s greatest unsung engineers.”

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RIP Ray Bradbury

Rest In Peace to a brilliant man .