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Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.

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 Today in History - 10/9

  • 680 Husain ibn 'Ali, Shi'i religious leader, enters martyrdom
  • 768 Charles the Great and Charlamane II divide French republic
  • 869 Charles the Bare crowned king of Lotharingen
  • 1000 Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (possibly New England)
  • 1192 Richard Coeur de Leeuw leaves Jerusalem in disguise
  • 1290 Last of 16,000 English Jews expelled by King Edward I, leaves
  • 1446 Korean Hangual alphabet devised