[PW] lighter not smaller

Aussie okttbfn at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 08:19:00 PDT 2015


tytyty :-)

On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:51 AM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:

> Aussie scripsit:
>
> > I am seeking a short story about a man who took a potion to lose weight
> and
> > did actually lose weight. But he really wanted to lose his fatness, not
> > weight, and ended up floating around on the ceiling. Don't know who it
> was
> > by, but had a title something like 'the trouble with portley' or similar
> > perhaps.
>
> "The Truth About Pyecraft" by H. G. Wells.
>
> <http://www.sff.net/people/doylemacdonald/l_pyecra.htm>
>
> The reference to Santos-Dumont in the story is to the Brazilian-French
> aeronaut and pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont, who after developing a number
> of dirigibles (including one that made a round-trip flight of 11 km
> in 30 minutes), made the first fully verifiable flight in a manned
> a heavier-than-air craft of his own design and construction in 1906.
> (The Wright Brothers' few flights in 1904-05 had some eyewitnesses,
> but none from the press, and the only photographs were by the brothers
> themselves.)
>
> --
> John Cowan          http://www.ccil.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
> If [Tim Berners-Lee] has seen farther than others,
>         it is because he is standing on a stack of dwarves.  --Mike
> Champion
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