Monthly Archives: March 2017

Katrina Refrigerator

Katrina refrigerators are the many refrigerators that were destroyed or rendered unusable during Hurricane Katrina, and later, Hurricane Ike, and their aftermath. Many were made into temporary folk art.

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Able Danger

The program used data mining techniques to associate open source information with classified information in an attempt to make connections among individual members of terrorist groups as part of its original “intelligence preparation of the battlespace”.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Art critics debate whether his paintings were whimsical or the product of a deranged mind.

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Batavia

Cornelisz even made far-fetched plans to start a new kingdom, using the gold and silver from the wrecked Batavia. However, to carry out this plan, he first needed to eliminate possible opponents.

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Chime Hours

There are a wide array of abilities said to be granted to those born within the chime hours.

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Mean World Syndrome

Mean world syndrome is a phenomenon whereby violence-related content of mass media makes viewers believe that the world is more dangerous than it actually is.

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Gustave Courbet

He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any régime except the régime of liberty.

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Publication Bias

Publication bias is a type of bias that occurs in published academic research. It occurs when the outcome of an experiment or research study influences the decision whether to publish it.

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Gochi-in no Tajima

Tajima is said to have stood upon the bridge and, spinning his naginata, deflected many if not most of the arrows that came his way.

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Kolmogorov Complexity

In algorithmic information theory the Kolmogorov complexity of an object, such as a piece of text, is the length of the shortest computer program that produces the object as output.

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Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine were a group of 19th-century lumberjacks who exhibited a rare disorder of unknown origin. The syndrome entails an exaggerated startle reflex which may be described as an uncontrollable “jump”; individuals with this condition can exhibit sudden movements in all parts of the body.

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Prohibition of Death

Prohibition of death is a political social phenomenon and taboo in which a law is passed stating that it is illegal to die, usually specifically in a certain political division or in a specific building.

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TRIGA

TRIGA (Training, Research, Isotopes, General Atomics) is a class of small nuclear reactor designed and manufactured by General Atomics. The TRIGA was developed to be a reactor that, in the words of Frederic de Hoffmann, head of General Atomics, was designed to be “safe even in the hands of a young student.”

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Ecstasy of Saint Teresa

“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it.”

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Little Albert Experiment

The aim of Watson and Rayner was to condition a phobia in an emotionally stable child.

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Pinocchio Illusion

The Pinocchio illusion is an illusion that one’s nose is growing longer, as happened to the literary character Pinocchio when he told a lie. To experience the illusion, a vibrator is applied to the bicep tendon while one holds one’s nose with the hand of that arm.

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The Futurological Congress

“If but for a single instant you could see this world of ours the way it really is—undoctored, unadulterated, uncensored—you would drop in your tracks!”

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Paraprosdokian

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.”

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Dreadnought Hoax

The Dreadnought hoax was a practical joke pulled by Horace de Vere Cole in 1910. Cole tricked the Royal Navy into showing their flagship, the battleship HMS Dreadnought, to a fake delegation of Abyssinian royals.

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Dakini

The dakini appeared in medieval legends in India as a demon in the train of Kali who feeds on human flesh.

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