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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Edgar Allan Poe was a volunteer firefighter.

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- Poe Museum

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  • The one (and only) fire Poe ever fought was in Baltimore in 1841 where three people died and many others were burned badly.

    He used the experience as inspiration for his 1842 work "The Red Masque of Death" and referred to burns throughout his later works in vivid detail.

    By Anonymous Jennifer Wojoski, at October 11, 2006 1:35 AM  

  • You know, I realize that this is a joke website and that you're probably laughing to yourself as people take these "facts" to be authentic bits of knowledge. I'm sure you feel very smug in the idea that you've fooled somebody. I don't find it funny. You are essentially encouraging ignorance, and that's one thing we currently need a whole lot less of. Please stop now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 29, 2007 12:05 AM  

  • I know nothing of this topic, but I am inclined to lean towards the intelligent comments of Jennifer over the absurd statements of Anonymous.


    By Anonymous Kahne, at September 09, 2007 11:42 AM  

  • WTF Poe was a sickly, weakling. Very doubtful that he was a fireman.

    By Blogger Xetheare, at November 18, 2008 5:30 AM  

  • Poe also worked at West Point Cemetary during the night shift, that is, until he stripped naked, ran around and was expelled.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 19, 2009 11:20 AM  

  • aww that was nice of him to fight fires, (if it was actually true) but i think i like him better as a writer. lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 13, 2010 10:41 AM  

  • it was poe who first introduced the dalmatian to the firetruck.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2010 4:57 PM  

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