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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A flying island inhabited by speculative philosophers, visited by Gulliver in his "Travels," who, when their minds began to be too much absorbed in their studies, were wakened up by a set of attendants called "Flappers" armed with dried bladders full of small pebbles or "dried peas" attached to the end of a stick, with which they struck them gently about the mouth and ears.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Laputa'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/l/laputa.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.