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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...


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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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