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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Archimedes endured a tragic fate at the hands of drunken Roman soldiers. After forcing him to cut off and eat his own nose, they boiled him in oil.

See also:
- Archimedes

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  • Yes, most people think that "Eureka!" means "I have found it!" In reality, it means "Oh my god! My nose! You cut off my farking nose!"

    Ancient Greek was an efficient language.

    By Anonymous Buoyancy, at November 07, 2007 4:40 PM  

  • I thought he was beheaded by a soldier as he begged them not to disturb his scrawl in the sand.

    By Blogger Xetheare, at November 17, 2008 1:31 PM  

  • xetheare, you're correct, or at least that story is the only one remaining in the documentary record, but it may be apocryphal. Wherever this site got this claim from, it could never be considered a fact, considering no one documenting the taking of Syracuse ever saw this happen. But it's par for the course for this site.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 08, 2009 9:51 PM  

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