The Albatross | Theory Of Irony

Originally posted on Theory Of Irony.

In 1901, the daydreaming of an obscure Austrian piano maker named Wilhelm Kress embodied the collective enthusiasm and wisdom of Victorian-era Europe. He had won a contest, it seems, to design a fantastic new craft that would attempt what many of the time thought impossible. With the prize money as payment, Kress ordered a new and lightweight engine to power what might be pictured in the mind’s eye as a giant twin-hulled, mechanical albatross. And so masked by enthusiasm, he failed to note on some subconscious level that the engine’s growl was a little too loud as the great bird came to life? Or perhaps this man repressed the voice in the back of his mind – drowned out by adrenalin – which tried to convey that the albatross glided across the water a little too fast? Whatever mental process should have alerted him that things were starting to go amiss, Kress failed to heed it. He continued to pilot his craft as it began to rise out of the water as if being pulled heavenward like Haghia Sophia’s dome by the hand of the Almighty.

Then fate intervened. The instant before Wilhelm Kress’ gossamer bird stopped kissing the water and launched into the sky, that voice…

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