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It is illegal in American Samoa to beg with the aid of a public address system.

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An example of a nude woman

Adders are the only venomous snakes in Britain, but their sting is generally no more dangerous than that of a wasp. More people die from nut allergies and insect stings every year than are killed by adder bites in a century.

The first commercial chewing gum appeared in 1871, after Thomas Adams (1818-1905) had previously failed to make car tyres from the same ingredients.

Samuel Sorensen Adams (1879-1963) invented itching powder, sneezing powder, squirting lapel flowers and 700 other joke shop items.

An Adamite is someone who, for religious reasons, goes around in public with no clothes on.

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Stendhal Syndrome


Henri-Marie Beyle, or Stendhal

Stendhal syndrome is named after French author Henri-Marie Beyle (1783-1842), whose penname was Stendhal.

It refers to the symptoms experienced by a person who has been exposed to a work of art that is so beautiful or overwhelming that it causes an increased heartrate, dizziness, fainting and even hallucinations. Beyle himself experienced these symptoms while visiting Florence in 1817.

The name Stendhal syndrome was first given to these symptoms by Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini in 1979, who described more than 100 similar cases among tourists and visitors in Florence in her essay La Sindrome di Stendhal (1989). Especially the Florentine Uffizi museum appears to be a significant cause of these psychological and physiological manifestations.

Stendhal syndrome is also called hyperkulturemia or Florence syndrome.

Whole-body Transplant


A whole-body transplant is a hypothetical surgical procedure which involves replacing one’s entire brain with another one. Whole-body transplants should not be confused with head transplants, which involve transferring the entire head and have been successfully performed on rats, dogs and monkeys. With a whole-body transplant, a person with advanced organ failure could be given a new, functional body, including the skull.

A human brain

Aside from the major ethical issues this hypothetical operation would raise, it is also regarded a near-impossible medical procedure, as re-attaching nerves to the spinal cord is extremely difficult. The monkey that had gotten a new head transplanted in the United States between 1961 and 1971 was paralysed for the greater part, but was able to follow the scientists across the room with its eyes and apparently almost bit off the finger of one of them.

There is a certain advantage to whole-body transplants though; a brain is a so-called immunologically privileged organ, which would mean that – if properly transferred – it could never be rejected by the body, unlike for instance livers, which are very often aggressively rejected by the host’s body. Whole-body transplants also conjure up the possibility of immortality, or greatly expanded lifetimes at the least.

Postprandial Somnolence and Dip


Post-prandial somnolence is a normal state of drowsiness or lassitude following a meal.

Phaseolus Vulgaris or Common Bean

Post-prandial somnolence has two components – a general state of low energy related to activation of the parasympathetic nervous system in response to mass in the gastrointestinal tract, and a specific state of sleepiness caused by hormonal and neurochemical changes related to the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream and its downstream effects on amino acid transport in the central nervous system.

In medicine and specifically endocrinology, postprandial dip is a term used to refer to mild hypoglycemia occurring after ingestion of a heavy meal.

The dip is thought to be caused by a drop in blood glucose resulting from the body’s own normal insulin secretion, which in turn is a response to the glucose load represented by the meal. While postprandial dip is usually physiological after a generous meal, a very sharp or sustained drop in blood glucose may be associated with a disorder of glucose metabolism.