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I read this in 1995, when I was 15, and thought I remembered a bit where they have an extremely rough plane landing and they could hear the pilot repeatedly saying something they couldn't quite catch and it turned out he was asking for a "valance sheet" which is a special thing pilots wrap around themselves after they crap themselves, so I've just looked on Google Books and Amazon's Look Inside and the book has nothing remotely like that. That also isn't what a valance sheet is. How weird.
I recently reread 101 Dalmatians because I thought I remembered a bit where they were hiding in library and a dictionary fell off the shelf and opened at the definition of "metaphysical" then all the books started floating around. I couldn't find that bit in any electronic version, so I bought the paper book with the exact same cover as the one I had as a kid, and guess what, there was nothing remotely like that in there either. I don't know what the heck book I was mixing it up with but it sounds pretty cool.
It was also the reason "metaphysical" was one of my favourite words when I was a kid, although I didn't know what it meant. The other was "precipitate" which I heard during a class trip to a power plant's PR exercise about how clean and environmentally friendly they, and nuclear power, were.