publication date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (part of Fall 2015)

category: Fads

clue: This German physician's magnetic personality allowed him to control his patients by dangling a watch and telling them that they were getting very sleepy.

explanation: Mesmer's ideas about interconnected energy between all living and nonliving things, which he called "animal magnetism," caused a popular stir in Europe for years that eventually turned into the practice of hypnosis, often called "mesmerism" after Mesmer. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Mike Rothstein, Mike Eberhart, and Stan Iwanchuk

trivia: This goo originally appeared in GooCon: Siesta Key in 2008 with a different clue.


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