divorce jewelry - - noun,

wedding jewelry from a failed marriage that is melted down by the owner and reworked into new pieces: “The Orange, Calif., jeweler dispenses goggles and blowtorches so clients can rid themselves of bittersweet memories by melting their jewels. “Some people get an emotional release by destroying a symbol of misery.” [the jeweler Ken Olson] says. The melted wedding rings or anniversary pins are remade into divorce jewelry.” (USA Weekend)

BACKGROUND: Ken Olson is the coiner of this new term, according to a 1989 article in the Chicago Tribune: “It was a joke at first,’ Ken Olson said. just in conversation. I recall a gal bringing in a bunch of stuff to me the first week we were open . She was getting a divorce, so I said, We’ll make a divorce ring for you. It was no pre-planned strategy.” Preplanned or not, the divorce-jewelry idea has caught on: at least eight other jewelers in Orange County offer the same new service now, though some do not allow their customers to take the jeweler’s torch in hand, for reasons of safety. Some divorce jewelry is an amalgain of multiple failed marriages. ( a new sign of the times.) Clients seem to be motivated toward melt-down for economic as well as psychological reasons.


IT TOOK FOUR YEARS OF RESEARCH AND TINKERING, BUT IT WAS TIME WELL SPENT for Ameen Abdulrasool, 18. His invention: a navigational device that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to help blind people get around. It earned Abdulrasool, now a University of Illinois freshman, a grand prize, including a $50,000 scholarship at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. To work the device, a blind person needs a sighted person to input a new starting and ending point. The device then calculates the course and gives verbal commands into headphones (“turn left one meter”). Abdulrasool, whose father is legally blind, has applied for a patent for his invention. For more info, visit web site intel.com/education/isef.


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With mixed emotions I read your report that the word emporiatrics may soon be destined for lexigraphic immortality (Word Watch, August Atlantic). I have always hated the term, which, as you say, describes the branch of medicine devoted to the prevention, detection, and treatment of travel-related diseases, and since I am in part responsible for its existence, I feel obliged to explain my culpability.

The word came into being in 1954, not 1980, and not with the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association you cite but with a trip to the New York Public Library. That was the year that Somerset Waters, a travel consultant and an adviser to President Eisenhower, and I created the Travelers Health Institute, for the purpose of getting to the bottom, as it were, of that ancient scourge of the accidental tourist, Montezuma’s revenge, a.k.a. traveler’s diarrhea. Our first official act was to order stationery; Waters felt that a letterhead with a proper logo was very essential to our feeble fundraising efforts. Besides, he reasoned, if there could be pediatricc for children, and geriatrics for old people, why not emporiatrics for travelers (emporos from the Greek word for “traveler”)?

I hated it . It reminded me of “emporium,” the entrepreneurial euphemism for the musty, depressing corner dry-goods store ubiquitous in the Midwest of my youth — wholly inappropriate for an international organization of style and sophistica-tion. But Waters was a stubborn man. He made a trip to the New York Public Library, where he charmed the resident linguistics expert into agreeing with him. Thus our new letterhead read, “Devoted to the Science of Emporiatrics.” Convinced that the phrase was a real dud, but not beyond a little honest self-pro-motion, I used it in a few speeches and let the matter drop. Years later, while perusing Dorland’s Medical Directory, my eye s stumbled on the term emporiatrics; I then read about “emporiatric enteritis” in JAMA.

So much for a parasitologist’s flair for language. Emporiatrics has become the widely used name for a whole subspecialty of medicine. Waters was the genius but, within medical circles at least, I usually get the credit.

B. H. KEAN, M.D. New York, NY


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Volume 266. No. 6. December 1990. (Pg. 19)

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YOU MAY NOT EVEN KNOW there’s such a thing as organic ketchup. But there is, and it should be in your shopping cart. USDA researchers tested 13 types of ketchup and found that those made from organic tomatoes had up to three times the amount of lycopene as ketchup made from conventionally grown fruit . (Lycopene is a cancer fighter that’s found in red and pink fruits and veggies—not in yellow tomatoes.) “Ketchup can counteract some of the harmful effects of radicals,’ says lead author Betty lshida. Free radicals damage healthy cells and may lead to disease.

Next time you buy ketchup, consider its color. The deeper the red, the higher the lycopene concentration, ” says lshlttsa

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