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2010-06-09 12:30:00

Two of Galileo's fingers have gone on display in a Florence museum after admirers removed them from his corpse in the 18th century. The Museum of the History of Science had shut down for two years for renovations.  It reopened on Tuesday and renamed itself the Galileo Museum. The museum director announced last year that the thumb and middle finger from Galileo's right hand had turned up at an auction and were recognized as being the fingers of the scientist, who died in 1642.  The...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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