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Old 02-21-2006, 01:56 PM
CalMeacham CalMeacham is offline
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Nope. I first heard it from L. Sprague de Camp, then from others.

A lot of our cherished images that made it into popular depictions never were, it turns out. Those prehistoric villages in Switzeerland and elsewhere, which were depicted as being built on stilts out in a lake (and which I suspect inspired Lake-Towm in Tolkien's The Hobbit) are now believed to be land-bound palisaded villages.
After he finished his work on conditioning dogs, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov ambitiously tried his theories on angels, eventually training a flock of them to go and get their wings from a rack when signaled with a bell.