Here is something I learned that will totally blow your mind. Edgar Allen Poe only ever had one complete novel, and it was actually printed in installments in the newspaper. It was called, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" and written in 1838. It tells the story of a man that stows away on ships and his adventures. On one ship they hit a huge storm and are left drifting at sea waiting for rescue. There are four of them and after a long time without water or food, they decide to draw straws to see who would be killed in order to be cannibalized by the others so that they may survive. Eventually a young boy named Parker is chosen and they go through with the deed and do live and eventually are rescued. Now for the strange part, here is a true life story that occurred in 1884, a year after Poe's Novel. The similarities are simply eerie, all the way to the fact he got the number of men left after the accident, AND he got the exact name of the cannibalized victim correct! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_v_Dudley_and_Stephens The actual event spawned a curious court case on whether the crew would get murder for killing Parker or if they had to do it in order survive. It was the R v Dudley and Stephens case, and the men on the boat were actually given a lesser sentence of manslaughter because of the conditions surrounding what happened. Odd isn't it? Do you think they got a fair sentence?