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May 5th was the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nellie Bly, an American journalist who, in 1889, went around the world in 72 days, a feat intended to best the fictional account of the same in Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. Circumnavigation is the Latinate way of say "sailing around." It found a home in English in the early 17th century and referred to the idea of going around the world from the get-go.