Monthly Archives: September 2017

Judith Leyster

Although well-known during her lifetime and esteemed by her contemporaries, Leyster and her work became largely forgotten after her death. Her rediscovery came in 1893, when it emerged that a painting admired for over a century as a work of Frans Hals had actually been painted by Leyster.

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Neuromarketing

Zaltman theorised a technique called ZMET; this involved using visual representations to help uncover underlying and deep thoughts within a person. With the use of ZMET, Zaltman aimed to make powerful, emotionally completing advertising.

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Propaganda Due

Propaganda Due was a Masonic lodge founded in 1945 that, by the time its Masonic charter was withdrawn in 1976, had transformed into a clandestine, pseudo-Masonic, ultraright organization.

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Gelotophobia

Gelotophobia is a fear of being laughed at. Titze observed a specific movement pattern among them when they thought they were being laughed at—awkward, wooden movements that resembled those of wooden puppets.

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Dysphemism

Bad or taboo words for many things far outnumber the “good” words. Hugh Rawson notices in his book Wicked Words that when looking at Roget’s International Thesaurus, there are “…89 synonyms for drunk, compared to 16 for sober, and 206 for bad person compared to 82 for good person.

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Leprosy Colony Money

Leprosy colony money was special money which circulated only in leprosy sanatoriums (leper colonies) due to the fear that the leprosy bacteria would infect other people.

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Incense Clock

The clocks’ bodies are effectively specialized censers that hold incense sticks or powdered incense that have been manufactured and calibrated to a known rate of combustion, used to measure minutes, hours, or days.

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Visual Release Hallucinations

Visual release hallucinations are the experience of complex visual hallucinations in a person with partial or severe blindness.

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Operation Earnest Voice

Operation Earnest Voice is an astroturfing campaign by the US government. The aim of the initiative is to use sockpuppets to spread pro-American propaganda on social networking sites based outside of the US.

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