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Thousand-Yard Stare

The phrases “thousand-yard stare” and “two-thousand-yard stare” were first used to describe the unfocused, dazed gaze of the battle-weary soldier. Because such a look is characteristic of posttraumatic stress disorder, it is not limited to combat veterans. The thousand-yard stare can be displayed by anyone coping with the stress of trauma by dissociating from it rather than consciously acknowledging it. During World War II, what artist captured the thousand-yard stare for Life magazineMore…Discuss




SpeechJammer Earns Ig Nobel Prize

If you have ever had the desire to silence a blowhard, you need the SpeechJammer, a device that disrupts a person’s speech by playing it back with a slight delay, confusing the speaker just enough to stop talking. Its inventors were among those honored this year with Ig Nobel Prizes—a parody of the Nobel Prizes—for achievements that “first make people laugh and then make them think.” Other awardees include psychologists who found that leaning to the left makes theEiffel Tower seem smaller, physicists who devised an equation that predicts the shape of a ponytail, and a Russian company that converted old ammunition into diamondsMore… Discuss