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Highway hypnosis

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Highway hypnosis, also known as white line fever, is an altered mental state in which a person can drive a car, truck, or other automobile great distances, responding to external events in the expected, safe, and correct manner with no recollection of having consciously done so. In this state, the driver’s conscious mind is apparently fully focused elsewhere, while seemingly still processing the information needed to drive safely. Highway hypnosis is a manifestation of the common process of automaticity.The concept was first described in a 1921 article that mentioned the phenomenon of “road hypnotism”: driving in a trance-like state while gazing at a fixed point. A 1929 study, Sleeping with the Eyes Open by Walter Miles, also dealt with the subject, suggesting that it was possible for motorists to fall asleep with their eyes open and continuing to steer. The idea that the unaccountable automobile accidents could be explained by this phenomenon became popular in the 1950s. The term “highway hypnosis” was coined by G. W. Williams in 1963. Building on the theories of Ernest Hilgard (1986, 1992) that hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, some theorists hold that the consciousness can develop hypnotic dissociation. In the example of highway hypnosis, one stream of consciousness is driving the car while the other is dealing with other matters. Partial or complete amnesia related to the time spent driving under highway hypnosis can develop for the driver involved.

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Zum Glück musste ich einfach nur eine IHK Prüfung ablegen…

Schlüsselbeißen (auch Bartbeißen) bezeichnet einen alten Handwerksbrauch (Initiationsritus) der Schlosser, um aus einem Lehrling einen Gesellen zu machen. Dabei wurde dem Probanden von einem Altgesellen ein zumeist recht großer Schlüssel in den Mund gesteckt und dreimal umgedreht (was manchmal nicht ohne Verletzungen abging). Durch dieses sinnbildliche Lösen der Zunge durfte er nun im Kreise der Gesellen frei seine Stimme erheben. Gelegentlich erhielt der Proband auch noch einen sogenannten Ritterschlag mit einer Feile. Daran schloss sich meist ein gemeinsames Essen der Gesellen an. Der Brauch des Schlüsselbeißens fand außerdem auch bei den Büchsenmachern Verwendung, was auf die frühere Zugehörigkeit der Büchsenmacherei zur Schlosserbruderschaft zurückzuführen ist.

Quelle: Schlüsselbeißen


CW: Suizid

Der Siriusfall ist ein berühmtes Fallbeispiel aus dem deutschen Strafrecht. Er geht auf ein Urteil des Bundesgerichtshofs vom 5. Juli 1983 zurück. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Abgrenzung von strafbarer Tötung in mittelbarer Täterschaft und strafloser Teilnahme am Suizid.

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Harmonica gun


A harmonica gun or slide gun is a form of firearm which was breech loaded with a steel slide, containing a number of chambers bored in it and which were filled with projectiles. Most harmonica guns are percussion cap guns, although some designs exist for compressed air guns and some examples were made in pinfire cartridge form. In percussion cap guns, each chamber contains a separate primer, powder charge, and projectile. The slide was inserted in an opening in the breech action and could be advanced by releasing the camlock, moving the slide by hand. The gun comes in both pistol and rifle models, as well as single-action and double-action. The earliest example of a harmonica gun is probably the one constructed by the Swiss inventor Welten in 1742.According to Clive Scott Chisholm in Following the Wrong God Home: Footloose in an American Dream and Louis A Garavaglia & Charles G. Worman in Firearms of the American West: 1803-1865 the slide gun was independently invented by a Mormon gunsmith called Nicanor Kendall in 1838 and it was from this gunsmith that Browning got the idea for his own harmonica guns when he moved to the area in which Kendall was living in around 1840.The most famous maker of harmonica guns was Jonathan Browning, father of John Moses Browning. Commencing in 1834 in Quincy, Illinois, he began to make harmonica guns and more conventional revolving rifles. He continued to improve on the principle after he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, and finally Ogden, Utah. In 1837 a percussion cap harmonica gun was patented by Elijah Fisher and Dexter H. Chamberlain.In 1854 a pump action harmonica gun was patented by Alexander Bain.A crank-operated harmonica gun was patented in 1856 by C G Terrel.

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