Abortion Doping

Abortion doping refers to the rumoured practice of purposely inducing pregnancy for athletic performance-enhancing benefits, then aborting the pregnancy.

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Turboencabulator

The turboencabulator is a fictional machine whose alleged existence became an in-joke and subject of professional humor among engineers.

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Aptronym

An aptronym is a personal name aptly or peculiarly suited to its owner.

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Punt Gun

A punt gun is a type of extremely large shotgun used in the 19th and early 20th centuries for shooting large numbers of waterfowl for commercial harvesting operations.

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Holy Prepuce

The Vatican librarian Leo Allatius wrote a treatise entitled De Praeputio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Diatriba (A Discussion of the Foreskin of Our Lord Jesus Christ), claiming that the Holy Prepuce ascended, like Jesus himself, and was transformed into the rings of Saturn.

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Joeseph Palmer

One day early in May 1830, four men armed with scissors and razors attacked Palmer outside a Fitchburg hotel and attempted to shave him.

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Micromort

A micromort (from micro- and mortality) is a unit of risk defined as one-in-a-million chance of death. Micromorts can be used to measure riskiness of various day-to-day activities.

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Cantenna

A cantenna (a portmanteau blending the words can and antenna) is a homemade directional waveguide antenna, made out of an open-ended metal can.

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Adrian Carton de Wiart

He served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a prisoner-of-war camp; and tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Describing his experiences in the First World War, he wrote, “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

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Magdeburg Hemispheres

When the rims were sealed with grease and the air was pumped out, the sphere contained a vacuum and could not be pulled apart by teams of horses.

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Eunoia

In rhetoric, eunoia is the goodwill a speaker cultivates, a condition of receptivity.

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Survivorship Bias

Survivorship bias is the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility.

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Visha Kanya

The Visha Kanya were young women reportedly used as assassins, often against powerful enemies, during the times of the Ancient India. Their blood and bodily fluids were purportedly poisonous to other humans.

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Daniel Lambert

He was a keen sportsman and extremely strong; on one occasion he fought a bear in the streets of Leicester.

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Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

Mr. Burns tells the story of a group of survivors recalling and retelling “Cape Feare”, an episode of the TV show The Simpsons, shortly after a global catastrophe, then examines the way the story has changed seven years after that, and finally, 75 years later.

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Boston Keratoprosthesis

Boston keratoprosthesis is a collar button design keratoprosthesis or artificial cornea.

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Ern Malley

Ernest Lalor “Ern” Malley was a fictitious poet and the central figure in Australia’s most famous literary hoax. He and his entire body of work were created in one day in 1943 by conservative writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart in order to hoax Max Harris and his modernist magazine Angry Penguins.

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Frog Battery

A frog battery is an electrochemical battery consisting of a number of dead frogs (or sometimes live ones), which form the cells of the battery connected in a series arrangement.

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Greco-Buddhism

Greco-Buddhism is the cultural syncretism between Hellenistic culture and Buddhism, which developed between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD.

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Labanotation

Labanotation is a notation system for recording and analyzing human movement.

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