Somniphobia is defined as "a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of sleep", and this condition causes thousands of people major distress every year. There are many reasons why people may suffer from somniphobia, as with any fear: they may have had repeated bad experiences with nightmares/night terrors as a child. Known by many names—somniphobia and fear of sleep being the most common—the problem often significantly impacts quality of life. It can cause panic attacks, and symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, irregular heartbeat and a sense of impending doom/dread.
Jake - "Man, every time i think about sleep i freak out."
Brett - "Dude, maybe you have Somniphobia."
Pleurisy, also known as pleuritis, is an inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs. Pleurisy has a variety of infectious and non-infectious causes. Pleurisy can cause extremely painful respiration (also called pleuritic chest pain) and other signs and symptoms, some of which may remain long after the pleurisy has gone away.
Jake - "Man i had to go see the doctor last night. I was having horrible chest pains. He said i had Pleurisy, which i guess is an irritation of the outside of the lung."
Brett - "Dude, your lucky you didn't have a pulmonary embolism."
Silence Dogood was the first of many alter-egos that Benjamin Franklin created throughout his life. For her would-be suitors, Silence Dogood did not exist. She was the invention of sixteen year-old Benjamin Franklin, who was working at the time as an apprentice to his older brother, James, a Boston printer. Franklin concealed his authorship of the letters from his brother. He later wrote that he slipped the first Silence Dogood letter beneath the door of his brother’s printing shop at night to avoid detection. However, he later was pleased to listen in as his brother and his friends approvingly discussed the letter and decided to place it on the front page of the paper. Franklin wrote a total of fourteen Silence Dogood letters between April 2 to October 8, 1722. When he stopped writing the letters, his brother placed an ad in the paper in an attempt to find out who the mysterious letter writer really was. When Franklin confessed to his brother that he was the author, his brother grew quite displeased, fearing that all the compliments paid to Silence Dogood would make young Benjamin grow vain. Soon after this, Franklin decided to run away and seek his fortune in Philadelphia.
Jake - "Hey have you heard about those Silence Dogood letters in history class yet?"
brett - "Yea, that's kinda messed up how Benjamin Franklin would do that to his brother."