Posted on 12/26/2014 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner
Ray Bradbury's novella "The Fireman" became the basis for one of his most famous novels. When the publisher asked him to expand the story into a full novel, Bradbury did so in just nine days. Neither of them, though, was wild about the title, which they thought was boring. So Bradbury called the local fire station to ask at what temperature paper burned. "451 degrees," the fireman told him. Bradbury then titled the novel "Fahrenheit 451." It's too bad publisher Ballantine Books didn't have a scientist on staff -- paper, it turns out, burns at 450 degrees CELSIUS, not Fahrenheit.
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