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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
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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.
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folly, eye-catcher

A functionally useless structure, often a fake ruin, sometimes built in a landscaped park to highlight a view.
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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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"The whole enclosure will take you on a journey through the habitats found in the Far East and by theming and replicating these environments, we've recreated a serene ambience that will hopefully add some zen to your Folly Farm visit.
The zoo supervisor's responsibilities include overseeing Folly Farm's zoo department, supporting the team and helping care for more than 100 different species of animals across the zoo - from giraffes to tarantulas and everything in between.
The association also hosts Taste of Folly, the Sea and Sand Festival, Follypalooza, and the Bill Murray Look-a-like Polar Plunge, as well as firework displays on July 4 and New Year's Eve.
Last week, Karl Battersby, strategic director for economy and infrastructure at Kirklees, said the folly would be removed as part of a clean-up of the area, saying it had been in "a significant state of disrepair for years and, taken together with the general state of the courtyard, presents a poor image to the many residents and businesses who visit our offices on a daily basis".
Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support," Folly Farm added. 
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton Council's Cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: "This year marks 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme and we hope Furious Folly is a powerful reminder of the devastating loss of life that took place in the First World War and other conflicts since.
Katy, from Birmingham, told the Sunday Mercury: "Folly ensures that my dream of living independently is a reality and brings me so much happiness every day.
Perrott's Folly stands at 96 feet tall and was built in the 1750s by John Perrott in Waterworks Road near to the Edgbaston Reservoir.
The third-placed hosts closed the gap to ten points and have three games in hand, while Whitnash Town are now just two points behind Folly Lane after a 7-1 demolition of mid-table Ambleside Sports.
Mr Dylan Hughes, head teacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Nant Caerau, said: "We're honoured that Folly Farm approached us to name one of their new penguins.