Nicotine affects the same brain system that morphine and heroin do. It causes the release of opiods, brain chemicals that help suppress pain and produce pleasurable feelings. These findings explain in part why it is so difficult for smokers to give up cigarettes.
Source: Based on "Why Nicotine Is So Insidious," Dallas Morning News, November 9, 2004, p. 6E.
Parents and schools need to do a better job of educating teens about money matters. According to Parade magazine (June 27, 2004), a survey by the Charles Schwab Foundation revealed that American teenagers have shocking misperceptions about fiscal matters.
The Development of Currency The history of money is interesting. Bronze coins were probably invented in ancient China, but they were not round in shape. The Lydians in 600 BC were the first to produce those. They stamped special images and marks on the sides of the coins. As time went on, trade among countries increased, and coins came into even wider use. It is likely that the ancient Chinese also developed some form of paper money, but it was not until 1661 that a Swedish bank issued paper bank notes. In 1988 Australia introduced durable, recyclable plastic bank notes.
The term oratory refers to the art of speaking in public with great skill and eloquence. It involves the ability to use language effectively and persuasively. It has been valued throughout history. The Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero was renowned for his oratory. British prime minister Winston Churchill was a superb orator who was able to inspire British citizens during the darkest days of World War II. In the U.S., civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is viewed as one of the nation's most gifted orators.