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Flying Dutchman’s Story Crashes And Burns
2012-03-22 09:23:29

Move over Balloon Boy, there is a new hoaxster who has taken flight. This week the media – including this reporter – was duped into believing that Jarno Smeets had achieved flight with his wings made from para-sails and power-assisted by a mobile phone and Nintendo Wii controller.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.