Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Things That Make You Go HMMMM

I just started reading the most fascinating book. It's called "20/20 Thinking", and it's all about the brain and how to take care of it. It's one of those books that as I'm reading it, I keep making annoying noises like "Hmmm!" and "Whoa..." There was one little part I read last night called "39 Fascinating Facts About Your Brain". Here are a few the highlights. You just might make annoying noises as you read this as well, so be prepared.

*The brain weighs about 3 lbs., is about the size of a grapefruit, and is pinkish-gray.
*Brains have gotten bigger. Your brain weighs about 8 ounces more than your great grandmother's brain did.
*Even while you're asleep, 50 million nerve messages are being sent back and forth between the brain and various parts of the body, every second.
*The brain is the consistency of soft margarine. (ewww!)
*Your brain smells like blue cheese. (ewww..really, ewww!)
*Information only stays in your short-term memory for just a few minutes.
*By the time you're 8 years old, your long-term memory has stored more information than a million encyclopedias.
*At age 5, a child's brain is already 9/10 of its adult weight.
*By the age of 75, the weight of your brain will be reduced by 1/10 and the flow of blood through your brain reduced by nearly 1/5.

I'll stop there. That's quite enough for one sitting. Anyway, the brain is clearly an amazing thing. This book tells you supplements you need to intensify your concentration, ways to overcome forgetfullness (lay it on me!!!), mood-enhancing foods, and "much, much, more". I had eggs and blueberries for breakfast so I should be very, very smart today...

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