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Occasionally the Associated Press serves us up an excellent breakfast jest, while endeavoring to be serious. On November 29 our morning papers soberly informed us that a female inmate of a Minnesota insane asylum had won first prize in a magazine puzzle and "shortessay" contest! The humor of the occurrence seems to have passed unnoticed. The alienist will find in this incident some light on the psychologic status of the designers of magazine puzzles. The publicist will grasp at a new and promising method for agreeably occupying the time of the inmates of asylums and penitentiaries. Asylum superintendents will rejoice at the advent of a new amusement for their charges. Magazine publishers (those who promote circulation by guess) will immediately experience a forward jump in subscriptions. The physician may be perturbed over the probable fate of some of his, at present, sane patients. The possibilities of the situation are inexhaustible.
THE INSANE AS PUZZLE SOLVERS AND SHORT-STORY WRITERS. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(24):1795. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500240061011
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