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Monday, May 17, 2004
Random fact of the day

In the wake of recent claims that Diane Kruger simply isn't hot enough to launch a thousand ships, Josh Chafetz points out that the phrase we associate with Helen of Troy ("the face that launched a thousand ships") is in fact not from ancient Greek texts (although Aeschylus does mention that "A thousand ships from Argive land / Put forth to bear the martial band"), but from Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus.