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The following quote is shamelessly stolen from "Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science", by Martin Gardner (published in 1957 by Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-20394-8): "In _Gulliver's Travels_, Swift mentions casually that the astronomers of Laputa discovered that Mars has two satellites. Mars _does_ have two moons, but they were not spotted until 156 years later. It was 100 years until a telescope was made large enough even to see the moons! Moreover, Swift's prediction about their periods of revolution corresponds closely to their actual periods. One of the moons, Phobos, goes around Mars in the same direction as the planet rotates, but only in one-third the time so that it appears to rise in the west and set in the east. This is the only known body in the universe that revolves around a central body _faster_ than the central body rotates, yet this fact is also included in Swift's brief description!"

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