Newton Diehl (Jack) Baker III, Washington, D.C. Left-click photo to enlarge.
Jack Baker was the son of Newton D. Baker, mayor of Cleveland (1912-1915), U.S. Secretary of War (1916-1921) and a founding partner of the Baker Hostetler law firm--the 94th largest global law firm today.
You’re in a loud and sweaty Italian dance club when a woman approaches you. To be heard over the techno, she leans in close and yells into your ear, “Hai una sigaretta?”
If she spoke into your right ear, you would be twice as likely to give her a cigarette than if she asked by your left ear, according to a new study that employed this methodology in the clubs of Pescara, Italy. Of 88 clubbers who were approached on the right, 34 let the researcher bum a smoke, compared with 17 of 88 whom she approached on the left...
Why would people feel more generous when their right ears are addressed?
Marzoli and Tommasi write that some work has shown that the left and right hemispheres of the brain appear to be tuned for positive and negative emotions, respectively. Talk into the right ear and you send your words into a slightly more amenable part of the brain.
“These results seem to be consistent with the hypothesized differential specialization of right and left hemispheres,” they write.
Young Woman Spurned by Her Family After Secret Marriage Found De- mented on the Street.
Mrs. Sadie Morrison, nineteen years old, of 652 East One Hundred and Fifty-ninth Street, was admitted to the Harlem Hospital last night to be treated for dementia. It was the last act in a little domestic drama which had many tragic elements.
Three months ago Mrs. Morrison, who was Miss Sadie Ackering, was employed in a West Twenty-third Street dry goods house as cashier. She lived with her family at 652 East One Hundred and Fifty-ninth Street. She was a Roman Catholic. Employed in the same place as a window dresser was Jacob C. Morrison. He was a Jew. The two fell in love, and despite the difference in religion and extreme hostility of their respective families, they were secretly married.
In some years New York State has spent as much as one-third of its entire revenue in the care of its insane. This year it will probably spend--at least the Lunacy Commission has asked for-- $9,000,000, or one-fifth of its income, in this way.
Startling as these figures are, there are others even more surprising. Of the inmates of the State hospitals for the insane about one-half are foreign born. The logical inference is that a large number of lunatics, or potential lunatics, are successful in passing the examination at Ellis Island.