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A telescopic image of the formalhault solar system. A bright dot is surrounded by a cloud of smaller red dots. An inset shows a close-up of what looks like a planet, labeled Formalhault b.

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Exoplanet revealed to be nothing but a large cloud of dust.

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Supposed irrigation canals on Mars are merely optical illusions.

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Volume XIII, Number 2 | spring 2020

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Greek dramatist Aristophanes, in the 423 bc comedy The Clouds, coined the term rhaphanidosis, “the humiliating act of thrusting a radish up the anus as a punishment for adultery.”

Reputation, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.

—Douglas Jerrold, 1840

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