A student of mine (Joshua Precht) this term sent me the following:
Here is the Munchausen quote. It is from page 22 of the edition edited by J. Carswell in 1948. "I was still a couple of miles above the clouds when it broke, and with such violence I fell to the ground that I found myself stunned, and in a hole nine fathoms under the grass, when I recovered, hardly knowing how to get out again. Looking down, I observed that I had on a pair of boots with exceptionally sturdy straps. Grasping them firmly, I pulled with all my might. Soon I had hoist myself to the top and stepped out on terra firma without further ado." --With acknowledgement to R. E. Raspe, Singular Travels, Campaigns and Adventures of Baron Munchausen, 1786.
Others have uncovered this quote (e.g. Marc Nerlove's page at http://www.arec.umd.edu/montecarlo/MonteCarlo3.doc) but I pass such along as I believe it is not well-known.
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