In 2009, Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old reporter for the New York Post, when she began to experience numbness, paranoia, sensitivity to light and erratic behavior. On the moment when Cahalan lost her sanity "I don't remember anything from this experience. Billy Durant created General Motors in 1908 by consolidating Buick Oldsmobile, Cadillac and Pontiac.
There are 1.6 Billion people in the world without electricity [that means no refrigeration, too]. Studies find that married couples with a rich vocabulary of teasing nicknames and formulaic insults are happier and more satisfied. CHALLENGE #150: What do the ancestors of these have in common: rye, oats, turnips, radishes, beets, leeks and lettuce?
HUMOR [?]: The economic crisis appeared worse in Asia as Japanese banks are the latest to be hit. Now ya know: In the Palace of Versailles, Marie Antoinette demanded a system of locks so she could bolt her bedroom doors from her bed, furthering rumors of infidelity. Someone who is saturnine [SAT-ur-nyn] might be sad, gloomy, melancholy, sullen, morose, sour, surly, sardonic, and slow to shift moods. Since the 1970s, the government of Bhutan bases decisions on Gross National Happiness rather than GNP. After being home schooled, he started at the University of Glasgow at age 10 and was the top of his class in mathematics, logic and classics.
If you've ever invented a new word, you've created a neologism [nee-ALL-uh-jiz-um] and you are a neologist.
In 1824, after a series of financial embarrassments, his family moved to a a€?mean, small tenement,a€? and he dropped out of school, at 12, for 10-hour days at a shoe-blacking factory.
CHALLENGE #150 was: What do the ancestors of these have in common: rye, oats, turnips, radishes, beets, leeks and lettuce? CHALLENGE #151: In 1970 in NYC, 127 people started something that has become a major attraction to foreigners. FACTOID: Equality of people and natural resources was the reason so many western states look rectangular. Peculiarities: Pikes Peak is spelled without an apostrophe by law, according to the CO legislature in 1978.
CHALLENGE #151 was: In 1970 in NYC, 127 people started something that has become a major attraction to foreigners.
CHALLENGE #152: He refused a seat at Forda€™s Theater the night Lincoln was shot [1865], but was present at the assassination of Garfield [1881] and McKinley [1901]. Featured Quote: a€?Markets need certainty and predictability, and the administrationa€™s actions have actually increased uncertainty and unpredictabilility. BIG Q #65 : An industrial farm with 5,000 hogs produces as much waste as a town with 20,000 people.
Ornery is a dialect use of ordinary and has also been spelled awnry, o'nary, onery, onry, ornary, and ornry. As children, we typically feel slightly older than we really are, but around age 25-30 we begin to think of ourselves as younger.
CHALLENGE #152 was: He refused a seat at Forda€™s Theater the night Lincoln was shot [1865], but was present at the assassination of Garfield [1881] and McKinley [1901].
BIG Q #66: Can we really understand our own religion without a deep and sympathetic understanding of at least one other? HUMOR [?]: Did you hear that Somali pirates were issuing a new ransom-backed security to buy Citigroup? Gore's Law:A  As an online climate-change debate grows longer, the probability that denier arguments will descend into attacks on Al Gore approaches one.
Conservative Republican Presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover [some of our worst until now] appointed eight Justices to the Supreme Court. Deuteronomy means a€?2nd lawsa€™: the 5th book of the Bible containing a recapitulation of the Ten Commandments and much of the Mosaic Law. CHALLENGE #154: What do the following have in common:A  Eugene Oa€™Neill, William Burroughs and his wife, Charles Mingus, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Charlie Parker and Sid Vicious?


Bonus Q: How much new debt and new obligations were piled up in 8 years by the Bush administration? EXTRA Bonus Q: a€?I never felt that anxious any other time during my presidency, curiously enough.a€? GWB said about what? Words that sound like what they mean: sarcastic, grisly, moist, esoteric, effervescent, awkward, delicious.
Unlike a politician, a statesman must have: a bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision, ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision.
Remember Bill Clintona€™s farewell speech where he truthfully said he was leaving the country a€?on track to be debt-freea€? by the end of 2009?
POLISH is pronounced two ways, depending on whether or not the first letter is capitalized. EXTRA Bonus Q answer: When asked by People magazine what moments from the last 8 years he revisited most often, W talked passionately about the pitch he threw out at the World Series in 2001. CHALLENGE #154 was: What do the following have in common:A  Eugene Oa€™Neill, William Burroughs and his wife, Charles Mingus, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Charlie Parker and Sid Vicious? Featured Quote: Multiculturalism is having conversations of respect across significant differences. Now ya know: More than 90% of known chemicals contain carbon--and, therefore, are part of a€?organica€™ chemistry. Peculiar--The origin of the word: from the Latin meaning a€?private propertya€™ from pecu a€?cattlea€™ meaning cattle as private property. CHALLENGE #156: He had alcoholic parents, flunked kindergarden, was a poor student, stammered badly and was dyslexic, but excelled at sports and drama class. BIG Q #69 : Why were two of the greatest teachers [who never wrote a book], Socrates and Jesus, executed on trumped-up charges? HUMOR [?]: A very elderly gentleman (mid 90s), well dressed, hair groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel, smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a great image, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge. The QWERTY keyboard was designed in 1873 to force typists to type as slowly as possible since typewriters at the time easily jammed. The major killers of humanity throughout our recent history--smallpox, flu, TB, malaria, plague, measles, cholera and AIDS--are infectious diseases that evolved from diseases of animals. CHALLENGE #156 was: He had alcoholic parents, flunked kindergarden, was a poor student, stammered badly and was dyslexic, but excelled at sports and drama class. BIG Q #70 : Does an absolute morality exist; are some things always right or wrong in all times, places and circumstances? Now ya know: The Athenian trial, of Socrates for example, lasted no more than one day, with 501 jurors--they were the rules in the democracy of Athens.
Every time an animal eats a plant or another animal, the conversion of food biomass into the consumera€™s biomass is typically 10% efficiency: it takes 10,000 pounds of corn to grow a 1,000-pound cow. Medieval Islam had far higher literacy rates than contemporary Europe and assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization such that many classical Greek books are now known to us only through Arabic copies. In 2006, the FBI had 33 agents with a€?some proficiencya€™ in Arabic, while the NYC Police Dept. The sole foreign domesticated mammal adopted in Australia was the dog [from Asia around 1500 BC] and became the wild dingo. The earliest attested precursors of ceramics are fired clay figurines made in the area of modern Czechoslovakia, 27,000 years ago. CHALLENGE #158: Carefully weigh 200 pounds of nutrient-rich soil and plant a sapling in it. Grasping for an answer, Cahalan asked herself as it was happening, "Am I just bad at my job a€” is that why?
Such a personality is like that of someone born when the planet Saturn was rising, according to the ancient Romans.
Fields, Charlie Chaplin, James Brown, Billie Martin and Nicolas Ceausescu have what in common? What do the following have in common: Strawberry Fields, Solitaire, May Day, Tiffany Case and Jinx? Some other such words: JOB, LIMA, RAINIER, READING, NICE, NATAL, MALE, SAID, WORMS, EWE, and BAD.


You arena€™t the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients and you wona€™t be the last a€“ and youa€™re single. And, 150 years after publication of a€?Origin of Species,a€? the majority of Americans dona€™t believe we evolved. By November 1923 a dollar was worth 630 billion marks, a loaf of bread cost 140 billion marks, and Germany was disintegrating under the strain..
NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. The word has two parts: neo-, from the Greek neos (new), and -logism, from the Greek logos (word, speech). They shrewdly cornered the market on a black, sticky substance to cover the roads they were building. Is it a new relationship?" But Cahalan only got worse a€” she began to experience seizures, hallucinations, increasingly psychotic behavior and even catatonia. He thought maybe I was just angry because I hadn't slept for days, and he knew that it was really frustrating. Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks.A Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black.
And so he thought, 'Maybe she's just venting her frustration.' But the grunts were very unnatural sounding, so he turned and looked at me. But, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop.A Analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.
And he saw that my eyes were wide open but completely unseeing, and at that point he tried to shake me and say, 'Are you OK, Sue? What's going on?' And at that point, my arms whipped out, and I had a grand mal seizure, and I was convulsing. And I bit my tongue so that blood and kind of a combination of blood and foam was coming out of my mouth. And he had the presence of mind a€” and I think this is incredible a€” to know that this was a seizure because I had never had a seizure before.
Cahalan says that doctors think the illness may account for cases of "demonic possession" throughout history. If I looked at them, wrinkles would form, and if I looked away, they would suddenly, magically get younger. I believed all these incredibly paranoid a€” a huge, extreme example of persecution complex. And then as the days went on, I stopped being as psychotic, and I started entering into a catatonic stage, which was characterized by just complete lack of emotion, inability to relate, or to read, or hardly to be able to speak." On being supported by her parents and boyfriend "Without them, I wouldn't be here right now, especially with my mom.
I mean she would not take 'no' for an answer, especially in the beginning when they were saying it was alcohol withdrawal and partying.
At home, after a day at the hospital, she'd make a list of all the different terminology they used, and she'd look it up and, you know, not everyone is capable of doing that.
If everyone could have someone like that, it would just be a better world." On the possible connection between her rare immune disease and cases of "demonic possession" throughout history "When you think about the symptoms a€” in my case alone, this grandiosity, this violence.
Even my grunts and these guttural sounds that came from me sounded superhuman to someone who might be inclined to think that way. When you see videos of people a€” in fact, when I see videos of myself a€” demonic possession is not far from your mind. And I've talked to many people who've had this disease, and one woman I spoke to actually asked for a priest because she said, 'The devil is inside of me. I need it out.' A little girl was grunting a€” they had a monitor in her room a€” and she was grunting so unnaturally that her parents looked at each other and said, 'Is she, is she possessed?' They actually said that about a little girl.



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