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crackpot

1. n. a fake; a person with strange or crazy plans. Some crackpot called to tell us that the sky is falling in.
2. mod. having to do with crazy things, mainly ideas. We need a crackpot idea around here just so we’ll have something to compare your ideas to.
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If Barnett wants reasonable people to respect his 2012 Republican Party, he needs to pull it back from the crackpot fringe and make it into something more decent than a paranoid cave dweller dragging its basest impulses out of a dark crevice and enacting them into law.
Crackpots, Ratbags and Rebels is replete with little known facts and stories and it is obvious that the author has had a great deal of fun researching the book.
McVitie's Crackpots are usually priced 89p for a 150g pot, but you can save 20p with the coupon below.
Indeed, the first of the crackpots may be Apuleius, who wrote The Golden Ass circa 160 C.
It is high time these crackpots learned that things like this only provide fuel for parties like the BNP.
For every opportunity must be taken to highlight the dangers from crackpots who will try and jump on the coat-tails of the most respectable political parties.
It's really no surprise that Aryan Nation racists, Millennium Christian fundamentalists, anti-Semitic crackpots, and fringe-left radicals along with thousands of seemingly normal, otherwise well-adjusted Americans would indulge in paranoid - or if you want to be charitable, imaginative - flights of fancy about disasters.
Yet it is clear that the health and fitness of women had become a concern for a substantial number of physical culturists, running the gamut from crackpots such as Bernarr MacFadden to respectable and respected physical educators such as Diocletian Lewis, Catherine Beecher, and Dudley Sargent.
One list invites users to vote whether a Holzerism is in fact true or false; another encourages callers to "improve" selected one-liners or flip through "edits" others have entered, such as A LOT OF PROFESSIONALS SMOKE CRACKPOTS," "ABUSE OF POWER CHORDS COMES AS NO SURPRISE," or "A LITTLE HOLZER CENSORS THIS LIST" (loosely based on her original A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE CAN GO A LONG WAY"), as well as outright originals, Wellerisms, and other genres of flame.
Don't think: If God was really interested in luring unbelievers into the fold, wouldn't he tamp down a bit on fundamentalist crackpots like this?
Crackpots had phoned our Northern offices, threatening to ruin the day.
Don't think: History buffs or crackpots running around in $1,500 costumes?
Social workers at a special screening revealed that at the time the abuse incidents took place, they were duped into thinking that nothing was happening, and made to feel like a bunch of crackpots.
Monster Hunters'' offers a wealth of fascinating local lore and culture amid its essaying the futile sneaking in the shadows of lovable crackpots.
Showtime's ``Bleacher Bums'' concerns a group of diehard fans - crackpots, hopefuls and wanna-bes - who languish in the cheap outfield seats of - um, the Chicago Bruins, who just happen to have a history and ivy-lined ballpark similar to the Cubs, albeit uniforms approximating those of the San Francisco Giants.