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fatuity

Definition: (noun) Something that is utterly stupid or silly.
Synonyms:absurdity, fatuousness, silliness
Usage:In his fatuity, the beggar believed the princess to be in love with him. Discuss.

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Lydia Fairchild and Her Hidden Twin

When DNA tests showed that Lydia Fairchild was not biologically related to her children, she was prosecuted for fraud and faced the possibility of having them removed from her custody. Throughout her trial, Fairchild maintained that she had conceived and given birth to all 3 children. Further testing led to shocking results: Fairchild had two sets of DNA, one carried in her skin and the other in her internal organs. She was, indeed, her children's mother. What is the name of this rare condition? More... Discuss

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The Munich Air Disaster (1958)

In 1958, a British European Airways airliner carrying the Manchester United soccer team along with a number of staff members, supporters, and journalists crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Germany's Munich-Riem airport. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers on board died in the disaster. There was speculation that the club would have to fold, but the threadbare team completed the season, and a rebuilt Manchester United won the European cup in what year? More... Discuss

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Eva Braun (1912)

Braun, a saleswoman in the shop of Adolf Hitler's photographer, became Hitler's mistress in the 1930s. Although she lived in homes provided by Hitler throughout their courtship—first in a house in Munich and later in his Berchtesgaden chalet—he never allowed her to be seen in public with him. In 1945, with the Allies drawing ever closer, she joined him in Berlin against his orders. In recognition of her loyalty, he married her in a civil ceremony in their bunker. What happened the next day? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

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Today's Holiday

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Homstrom

Homstrom is a Swiss festival celebrating the end of winter. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the February 1 mid-winter festival observed by the ancient Celts, known as Imbolc. One tradition associated with the day is the burning of a straw man who symbolizes Old Man Winter. It is occasionally observed by Swiss-American communities in February. More... Discuss

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One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. More... Discuss