5 Scientific Inaccuracies You Didn't Know Were In 'Moby-Dick'

November 14, 2014 8:44 PM

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5 Scientific Inaccuracies You Didn't Know Were In 'Moby-Dick'

Scrutinizing the science of Moby-Dick is definitely beside the point, especially because there's evidence in Herman Melville's notes that he purposely skewed facts to bolster his story. Melville even wrote a friend saying he embellished things writing, "To cook the thing up, one must needs throw in a little fancy."

But the rambling scientific musings of the character you're supposed to call Ishmael are often so maligned by high school and academic readers alike that noting a few places where the facts are all wrong seems a worthwhile exercise. Today, November 14, is the anniversary of the United States release...

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