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folly

1. Architecture a building in the form of a castle, temple, etc., built to satisfy a fancy or conceit, often of an eccentric kind
2. Theatre an elaborately costumed revue

Folly

A functionally useless, whimsical or extravagant structure; often a fake ruin; sometimes built in a landscaped park to highlight a specific view, serve as a conversation piece, or to commemorate a person or event.

folly, eye-catcher

A functionally useless structure, often a fake ruin, sometimes built in a landscaped park to highlight a view.

Folly

Foolishness (See DIMWITTEDNESS, STUPIDITY.)
Fools (See CLOWNS.)
Abu Jahl
“father of folly”; opposes Mohammed. [Muslim Tradition: Koran 22:8]
Alnaschar’s daydream
spends profits before selling his goods. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Barber’s Fifth Night”]
Bateau, Le
Matisse’s famous painting, displayed in the Museum of Modern Art for 47 days before someone discovered it was being shown upside down. [Am. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 472]
Bay of Pigs, the
disastrous U.S.-backed invasion of Cuba (1961). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 577]
Chamberlain, Arthur Nevil
British Prime Minister attempted to avert war by policy of appeasement. [Eur. Hist.: Collier’s, IV, 552]
columbine
traditional symbol of folly. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 173]
dog returning to his vomit
and so the fool to his foolishness. [O. T.: Proverbs 26:11 ]
Fulton’s Folly
the first profitable steamship, originally considered a failure. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1025]
Gotham
English village proverbially noted for the folly (some-times wisely deliberate) of its residents. [Eng. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 410]
Grand, Joseph
spends years writing novel; only finishes first sentence. [Fr. Lit.: The Plague]
Hamburger Hill
bloody Viet Nam battle over strategically worthless objective (1969). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 631]
Howard Hotel
after completing construction, the contractors installed boilers and started fires before discovering they had forgotten to build a chimney. [Am. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 470]
Laputa and Lagada
lands where wise men conduct themselves inanely. [Br. Lit.: Gulliver’s Travels]
Seward’s Folly Alaska
once seemingly valueless territory which William Henry Seward bought for two cents an acre (1867), thirty years before the Klondike gold rush. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 610]
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The farm said it intended to fully cooperate with the investigators' needs, which is why Folly Farm's general manager Alison Patricelli requested on Facebook for supporters to "not come to the farm.
Folly Farm was originally opened as a milking and petting attraction but is now home to some of the world's most beautiful, rare and endangered animals.
Crowds watch the SIRF opener, Furious Folly, at Preston Park on Thursday night
In the early 20th century, Tolkien lived nearby in Stirling Road and would see two towers: the Folly and the Victorian stack which forms part of the Edgbaston Water Works.
Katy hasn't looked back since Folly became an integral part of her Rednal home two years ago.
Immediately after this bridge, you turn right into what used to be the entrance to the Joseph Lumb, Folly Hall Mills.
It just proves there is a true interest in the Folly and hosting the event was most definitely a worthwhile exercise as it gave voice to a number a people through the model making and discussion.
The Bell's Liam Charlton and Folly Lane's Daniel Ragget keep their eyes on the ball.
Tim Morphew, zoo manager at Folly Farm, said: "It's so important that we educate people about the animals we care for.
Tim Morphew, who is the Zoo Manager at Folly Farm, said: “It was fantastic opening to the public.
This comes after more than 600 Westerton Folly plants were sold last year.
Fortunately we were very successful with the Frisby dogs including Frisby Folly, Flashing, Full, Fanfare, Figo and Fassan and we will be forever grateful for the good times we shared with Roy and the memories we have of our time shared with him.