You and Your Brain…

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The Brain

Complex and poorly understood, the brain is what makes everything work properly. The body may be kept alive, but without the brain, a person can’t truly live. Here are some interesting and weird facts about the brain.

  • The brain doesn’t feel pain: Even though the brain processes pain signals, the brain itself does not actually feel pain.
  • Your brain has huge oxygen needs: Your brain requires 20 percent of the oxygen and calories your body needs — even though your brain only makes up two percent of your total body weight.
  • 80% of the brain is water: Instead of being relatively solid, your brain is 80% water. This means that it is important that you remain properly hydrated for the sake of your mind.
  • Your brain comes out to play at night: You’d think that your brain is more active during the day, when the rest of your body is. But it’s not. Your brain is more active when you sleep.
  • Your brain operates on 10 watts of power: It’s true: The amazing computational power of your brain only requires about 10 watts of power to operate.
  • A higher I.Q. equals more dreams: The smarter you are, the more you dream. A high I.Q. can also fight mental illness. Some people even believe they are smarter in their dreams than when they are awake.
  • The brain changes shapes during puberty: Your teenage years do more than just change how you feel; the very structure of your brain changes during the teen years, and it even affects impulsive, risky behavior.
  • Your brain can store everything: Technically, your brain has the capacity to store everything you experience, see, read or hear. However, the real issue is recall — whether you can access that information.

Information in your brain travels at different speeds: The neurons in your brain are built differently, and information travels along them at different speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little longer.

Interesting…

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***Fast food fried chicken chain KFC gave away 3,000 free bottles of sunscreen that allegedly “smelled like fried chicken” to promote its Extra Crispy chicken… Hmmmm…!!!

Books… Books… Books…

A recent study showed that reading a book for just 6 minutes a day reduced stress by as much as 68%. How crazy is that?! Unlike watching TV, reading gives your brain a break from the external stimulation that you’re bombarded with all day long, and allows you to unplug, slow down, and lose yourself in your imagination. This act is good for your health, your brain, and your happiness! So make a commitment to read a good, physical book, not on your e-reader, for at least 10-15 minutes a day. Feel like you don’t have enough time? Read in bed before falling asleep!

***Ramen noodles… are overtaking tobacco as the most popular currency in US prisons… according to a new study…A new report by Michael Gibson-Light, a doctoral candidate in the University of Arizona’s school of sociology… found the decline in quality and quantity of food available in prisons due to cost-cutting… has made ramen noodles a valuable commodity…

More Hugs…

Physical affection is amazing for your health, your happiness, and even your waistline! It lowers blood pressure, stress, and cortisol levels. It prevents illness by supporting your immune system and prevents depression and anxiety. It boosts your oxytocin and serotonin levels, making you feel happier, calmer, and more secure. Basically, hugs are like free therapy. So get your hugging on! Shoot for at least 4 hugs a day, and make them count.

***Cucamelon: A teaspoon-sized cucumber that looks like “Honey, I Shrunk the Watermelon.” Is a real, actual fruit that you will find in grocery stores… Probably only the fancy, most expensive ones…

69 percent

Percentage of South Africans who agree that jobs go only to “people with connections” and that that’s “a very important reason” why many other people in South Africa don’t have jobs. That figure was similarly high in other major African nations: 63 percent in Nigeria and 64 percent in Kenya.

659 asteroids

Number of asteroids listed by the NASA Center for Near-Earth Object Studies as having some chance of hitting Earth. If it’s any consolation, the organizers of an event called “Asteroid Day” maintain that there are 1 million asteroids that could potentially strike the planet, and that we have only found a very, very small portion of them.

100,000 beavers

… are doomed to die at the hands of the Argentine government. They were released into the province of Tierra del Fuego to spur the fur trade, but the beavers began reproducing and — with no natural predators — got out of hand. Argentina plans to eradicate the entire population.

Some Quotes I like…!!!

  • book-190034_640“Every lie has an expiration date”
  • – Anonymus
  • “A bowl is most useful when it is empty”
  • – Chinese Proverb
  • “Don’t ask for a lighter load, ask for a stronger back.”
  • – Phillips Brooks
  • “A man cannot build a reputation on what he is “going” to do.”
  • – Henry Ford
  • “Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.”
  • – George Carlin
  • “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”
  • – A.A. Milne
  • “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are made for.” – John Shedd
  • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
  • – Winston Churchill
  • “Speak only if you can improve the silence.”
  • – Spanish proverb
  • “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to tell him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently” 
  • – Nietzche
  • “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – Peter Voogd
  • “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” 
  • – Albus Dumbledore
  • “Are you who the person you’re looking for is looking for?”
  • – Anonymus
  • “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” 
  • – Heraclitus
  • “When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change” –  Avatar Aang
  • “Holding hate in your heart is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
  • – Chinese proverb

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”   

– Wendy Mass

“On your death bed, you are visited by the person you could have been.” – Henry Ford

  • “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ” 
  • -Mary Anne Radmacher
  • “Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.”
  • – Greek proverb
  • “He who angers you, controls you”
  • – Chinese Proverb
  • “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”
  • – Oscar Wilde
  • “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is right now.”
  • – James Carville
  • “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
  • Steven Furtick

“Everyone has two lives. You start living your second life when you realize you only have one.”

– Unknown

Did you Know…?

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As president… George Washington pulled in a salary of $25K a year. That’s roughly $1 million in today’s currency… And is reported to have spent seven percent of his income on alcohol.

In an average NFL football game there is only about 12 minutes of actual play time.

The Mayflower landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620… because they had run out of beer… Water didn’t stay drinkable on long sea voyages whereas beer would due to the alcohol…

Only female mosquitoes will bite you…

Iron Eyes Cody, the crying Indian in the famous anti-pollution TV commercial… was actually an Italian-American named Oscar DeCorti.

Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas… used to work for Kentucky Fried Chicken…

By law… French workers get at least 30 paid vacation days each year.

The first American cheerleaders were a bunch of guys at Princeton in the 1880’s.

Interesting…!!!

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Unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it.

A female dolphin will assist in the birth of another’s baby dolphin.

Human saliva contains a painkiller called opiorphin that is six times more powerful than morphine.

During pregnancy a woman’s brain shrinks and it takes up to six months to regain its original size.

Putting sugar on a cut or wound reduces pain and speeds up the healing process.

Loneliness weakens immunity, having family and friend’s increases immunity by 60%.

Temperature can affect appetite. A cold person is more likely to eat more food.

Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

The smell of freshly cut grass is actually the scent that plants release when in distress.