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2009-05-05 09:40:27

A new book suggests Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh lost his ear in a scuffle with fellow painter Paul Gauguin outside of a brothel. It has long been believed the mentally ill Van Gogh cut off his own ear in 1888. In Van Gogh's Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Pact of Silence, which is purported to be based on the original police investigation into the matter, contends that accomplished fencer Gauguin sliced the ear off Van Gogh with a sword, the BBC said. German academics Hans Kaufmann and Rita...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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