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Schott's Miscellany 23 March 2009

The first successful photograph of the moon was taken by Dr. J.W. Draper of New York (1840)


Stendhal Syndrome is a malady in which travelers are "overcome" after viewing art of great beauty. It was first identified in the late 1970s by Italian psychiatrist Graziella Magherini. Sufferers experience disorientation, dizziness, palpitations, sweating, and a sense of alienation or paranoia; symptoms can last for two to eight days, and cures include bed rest and a return to routine. The putative illness is named after the French writer (born Marie-Henri Beyle), who (as he noted in his diary) felt such "ecstasy" upon viewing the frescoes in Florence's Church of Santa Croce that his heart began to beat irregularly and he felt life "ebbing out" of him. Since 1979, Dr. Magherini has treated over 100 cases of the syndrome in Florence alone.

MORTIDO--the death instinct or tendency to self-destruction
"Reality TV tends to stimulate one's latent mortido."
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