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The Atlanta firm Brighthouse Institute for Thought Sciences regularly runs consumers through MRIs while they look at pictures of products so that researchers can see which parts of the brain are stimulated in order to learn consumers’ subconscious thoughts about those products. A Brighthouse spokesman tried to say as little as possible about this “neuromarketing” technology, and which companies pay the bills, and told the Canadian public radio program “Marketplace” (which reported on the Institute in December): “Right now (our clients) would rather not be exposed. We have been kind of running under the radar with a lot of the breakthrough technology.”
Fairway Middle School (Norwich, England) barred students from throwing snowballs at anyone without permission of the target.
State judge Dan Ballou, complaining that the recommended punishment for two teenage speeders was too lenient, ordered them to drop down and give him some pushups (about 40) before he issued the sentence (Lexington, Ky.).
A Tacoma, Wash., woman told police that when she was about to be raped on Jan. 17, she began to pray aloud; the rapist asked if she was a Christian, and when she said she was, he apologized, pulled his pants back up and left.
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