Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for Brain, IWSG, and ALF Trivia Answer

Fun Facts (according to research) about our brains:
 
The blood vessels in the brain laid end to end would wrap around the Earth four times, or about 100,000 miles.
 
According to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, adults who participated in mind-challenging activities were 63 percent less likely to develop dementia.
 
Children who learn two languages before the age of five alters the brain structure and adults have a much denser gray matter.
 
The average number of thoughts a person has each day is 70,000. So think good things about yourself and others.
 
The modern brain is an energy hog and accounts for about 2 percent of body weight, but uses about 20 percent of the oxygen in our blood and 25 percent of the glucose (sugars) circulating in our bloodstream.
 
Every time your heart beats, your arteries carry 20 to 25 percent of your blood to the brain.
 
The harder you think, the more oxygen and fuel your brain will use from your blood – up to 50 percent. And the brains burns about 300 - 500 calories a day!
 
While awake, your brain generates between 10 and 23 watts of power–or enough energy to power a light bulb (is that a light bulb I see above your head?)
 
Does Size Really Matter? Not with the human brain. There is no evidence that a larger brain is smarter than a smaller brain.
 
Even if you consider yourself a left-brained person, your brain will still switch over to the right side every 90 to 120 minutes and then back again.
 
Yep, Einstein's Brain In A Jar
The folded, meandering surface allows the brain to pack in more surface area — and thus, more processing power — into the limited confines of the skull.
 
Your brain has no pain receptors which is why if I managed to remove the top of your skull without you noticing I could poke around all day without you feeling a thing. The skull removal may hurt a bit though.
 
It’s normal for your mind to wander.
 
Einstein’s brain was removed within seven and a half hours of his death. It has been sliced, diced, studied, and now is scattered across various museums and who knows where.
 
IWSG: Time. I just don’t have enough of it. But I’ve learned if I can accomplish one task a day and take Sunday off (just like A to Z) then at the end of this month I will have kicked butt on my To Do List!

A.L.F. From yesterday's post just what the heck does the acronym ALF stand for? As many of you correctly guessed, it's Alien Life Form. A.L.F. ALF Alf.

C'mon Guys: Most have been to Hooters. Do you think an A.L.F would sit idly by in a garage or a basement? If I were an ALF, I know I would not be. Hooters, here I come!

51 comments:

  1. I wouldn't have thought of brains for a subject, having none! Great post. Its good to connect and follow with the AtoZ team
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  2. I thought I'd pay all the A to Z Blog Challenge Hosts a visit today. Everyone has put in so much effort into this event. I think its the best blog challenge in the Blogsphere! Enjoy the rest the challenge! Great theme, I used to love watching ALF

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  3. Hi Stephen .. you missed one major bit of info for the brain ... it is pink in life, but gray on death and thereafter (funnily enough) .. I learnt that from the Wellcome Image Awards... Henry Solomon Wellcome collected papers, artefacts and notes on medical developments at the end of the 1800s into the first third of the 1900s .. these now form the Wellcome Trust, Foundation and Museum .. it's fascinating ..

    I didn't know what ALF was either! ... and Time - does anyone know what that is?

    Cheers Hilary

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  4. Those are some amazing brain facts!

    Glad to know it's normal for brains to wander. :)

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  5. I love the picture of Homer's brain. Doh! I find that if I hit a wall in my creative work, I just need to do nerd work for a while until I can't take it anymore. Balance is everything. Great post. I re-follow; didn't realize you changed blogs.

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  6. This was a fun, and interesting read on the brain. I love the fact that the brain can power a low-wattage light bulb, and that it burns 300-500 calories per/day. I do a lot of serious thinking, so I hope I burning the upper end of those calories. lol Okay, I missed yesterday response, but I was close. I said alternate life form. I guess I was thinking of politicians in Washington. :D

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  7. You would think I would be so very skinny with all the "overthinking" I do. :)

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  8. Interesting post. Although I would guess this norm statistical range would be very different in someone when depressed compared to when they are manic. As a bipolar sufferer, I certainly feel the slumps and surges. But it seems remarkable to think I might think MORE than the average of 70k thoughts a day? Incredible.

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  9. Lots of questions surrounding the brain. Friday's post will be about dreaming. I'm looking forward to that.

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  10. Good to know at least my brain is burning calories while I sit here writing. I struggle with time, too. With a full time job and just life getting in the way, there's not a lot of time to get things done!

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  11. Interesting facts on the brain, I didn't really know much of that before, plus Hilary's extra bit. Incredible about the blood vessels. I wish my brain would burn more calories, I could use something that uses them up.

    Time is always in short supply. Especially during the A to Z

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  12. Thank heaven I joined the A to Z Challenge. That's a mind challenging game, isn't it? Now I'm off to find something I lost yesterday or the day before. Can remember. Hey, I answered the ALF question, though.

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  13. And also delicious.. err, I mean, so I've heard (I am not a zombie).

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  14. I had NO idea what ALF stood for!!!!!! I just know I used to love that show!!! Thanks for the info!
    Happy A to Z!
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  15. I'd need three days to catch up with today!
    Actually, I've never been in a Hooters.
    And I learned a second language before I was five. Shame I don't remember any of it now.

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  16. Does being a Co-Host in the A - Z Challenge count as a mind-challenging activity? I sure hope so :)

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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  17. Interesting facts about the brain...

    TIME? What's that?

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  18. Good brain matter for today :) I have a huge A.L.F in my upstairs bedroom. My daughter's favorite stuffed animal guards the bed and awaits for our cat to make a mealtime visit.

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  19. ALSO Lying down flat, feet elevated above heart increases blood flow to the brain. More blood to the brain improve memory.

    Brenda

    www.AnEclecticAuthor.blogspot.com

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  20. According to the show Ancient Aliens, Einstein's brain has a parietal lobe that is 15% bigger than others. So, this means Aliens are responsible for all above average human reasoning.

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  21. "Your brain has no pain receptors which is why if I managed to remove the top of your skull without you noticing I could poke around all day without you feeling a thing. The skull removal may hurt a bit though.

    "It’s normal for your mind to wander."

    Well, YEAH - of course your mind is going to wander if you're walking around with the top of your skull off! heheheh

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  22. 2nd language before 5? Hmmm, I spoke two others, one of which I use constantly and the other of which I have very little memory. I do think that learning multiple languages at a young age improves a persons ability to learn additional languages later in life. Whether it has any other effect on one's brain ability is moot. :)

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  23. Oh wow, I didn't know any of that brain information. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. GREAT post. I'm visiting from both the A to Z Challenge and IWSG. I love the idea of working away at our to-do lists a little every day and then taking Sunday off. ;)

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  25. Often I seem to do better with a To Do List when I'm really busy then when I have lots of time on my hand. I think during the latter I would rather write than do anything else.

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  26. Sorry, today my brain is fried! Great post though!

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  27. I enjoyed the brain facts. I've been burning calories overtime on my current WIP but I haven't noticed a difference on the scale.

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  28. Does A to Z count as brain exercise?

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  29. Good information. I love the "brain fried" comment. Ditto. I need to get back to my novel and April NaNo. Happy Writing.
    Juneta at Writer's Gambit

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  30. Wow. 70,000 thoughts? That's...overwhelming. And crazy!

    Happy A to Z-ing!
    ~Anna
    My A to Z:Body Beauty.

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    1. That's about 5,000 thoughts per waking hour. Not sure if this stat includes dreams though.

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  31. Oh my gosh, I didn't realize our brains actually burn calories! I've joked before that maybe I haven't exercised in a while, but you could bounce a quarter off my brain...so I'm glad to know there's indeed some physical benefit to be had from giving the ol' grey gal a good workout. :)

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    1. I wonder if running music and songs through the head helps burn calories. I usually have a song in my head.

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  32. I don't think I used an ounce of brainpower today at work. It was one of THOSE kind of days. Hope you had a good one and happy A to Z.

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  33. Wow that was awesome! I love learning stuff like that! Great post! :) I don't have enough time either, but I love your idea of at least doing one big thing a day.

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  34. I had no clue Einstein's brain was in a jar. I wonder how much of his genius was inspiration and experience, and how much was his brain making connections that other brains couldn't make. I'd love to be a neurologist, but I feel like it would be way over my head. No pun intended. I seriously wouldn't know what I was doing. ;)

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    1. Madeline, I wanted to be a neurologist too. I really think I could have made a difference.

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  35. So Blogging from A to Z might ward off Alzheimer's? Great! And maybe I will loose a few pounds, lol! Loved your post!

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  36. 70,000 thoughts??? And that's NORMAL? Jeez, no wonder we all get so easily distracted... I did love this post, though. I'm an anatomy geek, so this is right up my alley :)

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  37. About how the brain's folding surface--I think the intestines do the same thing, although for different reasons. But then again, my knowledge of anatomy is pretty paltry.

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  38. Great post on the brain. What do they hope to learn from Einstein's gray matter?
    Play off the Page

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  39. 70,000 huh? I tend to think I am on autopilot too much to have that many thoughts--interesting though. Yea Alf!

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  40. I am getting back into the Sunday off habit. Including the one day of the week I don't stress over anything and enjoy being lazy. It's a work in progress.

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    1. Even the brain needs its Sabbath Day of rest.

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  41. Great post! I do have to wonder what people think they can learn from Einstein's brain when it's not firing though...

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  42. Ha! Maybe that's why I'm skinny... I think too much! ;-) The brain fascinates me - nice post, Steve.

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  43. Thanks again everyone for stopping by. Looking forward, C is for Cosmology and D is for Dreams.

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  44. Lovin' all this about the brain.

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