The closing date of the novel, 21
December 1872, was the same date as the serial publication. As
it was being published serially for the first time, some
readers believed that the journey was actually taking place.
Although a journey by balloon has
become one of the images most strongly associated with the
story, this iconic symbol was never deployed by Verne. The
plot element is reminiscent of Verne's earlier "Five Weeks in
a Balloon" which first made him a well-known author.
In 1889, Nellie Bly undertook to
travel around the world in 80 days for her newspaper, the "New
York World". She managed to do the journey within 72 days,
meeting Verne in Amiens. Her book "Around the World in
Seventy-Two Days", became a best seller.
In 1988, Monty Python alumnus Michael
Palin took a similar challenge without using aircraft as a
part of a television travelogue, called "Michael Palin: Around
the World in 80 Days". He completed the journey in 79 days and
Since 1993, the Jules Verne Trophy is
given to the boat that sails around the world without stopping
and with no outside assistance, in the shortest time.
In 2009, twelve celebrities performed
a relay version of the journey for the BBC Children In Need
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