Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mark Twain and Haley's Comet

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, two weeks after the closest approach to Earth of Halley's Comet. He died on April 21, 1910, the day following the comet's subsequent return.

In 1909, Twain is quoted as saying: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."