Babbage once read a poem by Tennyson that he felt was inaccurate, and wrote to Tennyson to correct it:
"In your otherwise beautiful poem, one verse reads,
Every moment dies a man,... If this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest [that the next edition of your poem should read]"
Every moment one is born.
Every moment dies a man,
Every moment 1 and 1/16 is born.
Strictly speaking, the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry."
(This post is in memory of Shah Munjee, one of the many unsung engineering heroes that created the miracle of modern aviation, and a lover of such tales, may he rest in peace).