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Nov 6, 2003
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Simple Simon
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Simple Simon

(SIM-puhl SYM-uhn) Pronunciation

noun: A simpleton.

[After Simple Simon, a character in a nursery rhyme.]

"Johnny is no Simple Simon either. 'You don't expect me to enlist without knowing what it's about, do you?' he asks his sweetheart, Minny Belle."
Dan Sullivan; Make Toys, Not War, Sings 'Johnny'; The Los Angeles Times; Jul 13, 1986.


Youth is the first victim of war - the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him. -Boudewijn I, King of Belgium (1934-1993)

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