" By humbly and frankly acknowledging yourself to be in the wrong, there is no knowing, my son, what good you may do. "
William Makepeace Thackeray

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Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapses

Four months after it opened to traffic, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed into Puget Sound in Washington state. During construction, workers had noticed that the deck demonstrated an unusual amount of vertical movement in windy conditions, but few expected "Galloping Gertie" to suffer such a catastrophic failure. The collapse led to major changes in suspension bridge design. Thankfully, no people were killed when the bridge came down. What was the only fatality caused by the collapse?




Reiki is an alternative healing practice in which the practitioner is believed to channel energy into the patient in order to encourage healing. Named for a Japanese term meaning "universal life force," it was developed in the 19th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese scholar of religion who was intrigued by accounts of Christ's ability to heal people by touching them. Reiki practitioners use simple hands-on, no-touch, and visualization techniques during sessions in which what happens?

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Konrad Lorenz

As a boy, Lorenz nursed sick animals from the local zoo. He became a zoologist and studied the behavior of birds, emphasizing innate as opposed to learned behaviors and focusing on imprinting, a rapid learning process in young animals that establishes behavior patterns. Lorenz later examined human thought and aggression, making controversial analogies between human and animal behavior in his 1963 book On Aggression. For his scientific efforts, he shared the 1973 Nobel Prize with whom?

Last updated on Thursday, 7th November 2013

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