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Around the world in 80 days

Around the world in 80 days novel: Prominent mode of transport?

MMDE: Hot air balloon

Current: Hot air balloon not used at all

You might be able to do it in 80 hours nowadays, but going round the world was once such a fantastic idea that the Victorians were blown away by Jules Verne describing such a journey in his famous 1873 novel Around the World in 80 days.

There was a movie made of it in 1953 which, err, took a few liberties and might well be contributing to this one.

The question is - in the book, what was the prominent mode of transport they used? If you thought it was a hot air balloon, you might be experiencing a Mandela Effect, because it wasn't used at all. It was briefly described, but that's all

Phielas Fogg

The main character in the novel was based on an actual person. William Perry Fogg was an American round-the-world traveller and adventurer well-known in Jules Verne's day.