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Sleep, said Shakespeare, knits up the ravelled sleeve of care. Mindful of this, Merrill O. Young '51 sought for a way to prepare himself for a Greek final and still maintain a healthy outlook on life. He found the answer in a psychology book.

Sounds if repeated, the text suggested, will make an indelible impression on a sleeper's mind and he will be able to spout his restfully gained knowledge ever after. Young decided this was worth a try and consulted with WHRB technicians.

Young recited the contents of his word cards while Network engineer Thomas Schneider '52 duly recorded same. But when Young played back his disc he found it kept him awake. For nearly a whole night he lay fretfully in his bed while his phonograph repeatedly droned Greek. At the end of his Hellenic jam session he did know his word cards and grammar.

One undergraduate psychologist was skeptical. Said he, "You can get it into your subconscious that way, but buy, try and pry it out!"

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