Cranks in other languages and cultures

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So since I also speak Russian I've decided to see if there are forums like PF in Russia(n) - and I've stumbled upon one, and on that forum I've found - you guessed it - a crank! It seems to me in every culture there is a devoted group of ignoramuses who, despite the experimental results, will provide their own interpretation to already tested and accepted ideas.

http://phorum.lebedev.ru/viewtopic.php?t=15 [Broken]

Does anyone have any examples from Chinese, Indian, and other languages and cultures of crankpots?
 
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cronxeh said:
So since I also speak Russian I've decided to see if there are forums like PF in Russia(n) - and I've stumbled upon one, and on that forum I've found - you guessed it - a crank!
Russia and other ex-Soviet states are generating much of the wacky fringe stuff seen in this country today. Pravda and other papers are now pretty much on par with the National Enquirer, and even Tass has published some of the silly stuff.
 
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What's a crank?
 

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Smurf said:
What's a crank?
Typically, a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle.
 

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crackpot in dutch: kwakzalver
 

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