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Pink fruitcakes

Posted by Anne on December 24, 2002

I saw a film last week. It was about the making and using of atomic bombs in the Second World War. When many foreign scientists participated in the American project refused to use the atomic bombs against Japanese people to end the war after they had completed the device, the US Army general scolded them for not agreeing to use the device to force Japan to surrender unconditionally. He called those scientists "pink fruitcakes" in an angry tone of voice. Now that’s the phrase I’m totally clueless about. Could anyone please enlighten me here? I’ll be very much obliged.

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