Hey guys and welcome to another article by @mp4dreams!

Friday, 17th July 2020

I've been struggling to come up with an idea for today's article and I thought what's better than some fun facts involving subjects I like. Hope you enjoy them and find them as interesting as I did!
  • Signs of successful brain surgeries go as far back as the Stone Age.
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  • Your brain generates about 12-25 watts of electricity. This is enough to power a low wattage LED light bulb.
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  • Alcohol doesn't make you forget anything. When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories.
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  • About 75 percent of the brain is made up of water. This means that dehydration, even in small amounts, can have a negative effect on the brain functions.
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  • It can store an estimated 2,500,000 gigabytes.
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  • The human brain will grow three times its size in the first year of life. It continues to grow until you’re about 18 years old.
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  • Headaches are caused by a chemical reaction in your brain combined with the muscles and nerves of your neck and head.
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  • The slowest speed information passes around your brain is approximately 260 MPH.
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  • It is a myth that humans only use 10 percent of our brain. We actually use all of it. We’re even using more than 10 percent when we sleep.
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  • Brain surgery can be performed while the patient is awake with no pain or discomfort. The brain has no pain receptors and feels no pain.
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  • Dreams are believed to be a combination of imagination, psycological factors, and neurological factors. They prove that your brain is working even when you are sleeping.
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  • It's no accident that telephone numbers in the United States are seven digits long. Our working memory, a very short-term form of memory which stores ideas just long enough for us to understand them, can hold on average a maximum of seven digits. This allows you to look up a phone number and remember it just long enough to dial.
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  • A brain freeze is really a sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. It happens when something you eat or drink something that’s cold. It chills the blood vessels and arteries in the very back of the throat, including the ones that take blood to your brain. These constrict when they’re cold and open back up with they’re warm again, causing the pain in your forehead.
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  • Multitasking is actually impossible. When we think we're multitasking, we're actually context-switching. That is, we're quickly switching back-and-forth between different tasks, rather than doing them at the same time. The book Brain Rules explains how detrimental "multitasking" can be: Research shows your error rate goes up 50 percent and it takes you twice as long to do things.
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  • The human brain begins to lose some memory abilities as well as some cognitive skills by your late 20s.
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  • The human brain gets smaller as we get older. This usually happens sometime after middle age. (that's why we have so many boomers)
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  • Most scientists argue that there is no evidence that playing classical music to babies increases the power of their mind. However, children who learn to play a musical instrument can develop their mental skills further than those who don't learn a musical instrument.
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  • During the mummification process, Egyptians would usually remove the brains through the nose. (I'm sorry but it was too interesting not to include it)
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  • When the mind recalls a memory, it's not the original memory. In fact, the act of remembering is an act of creative re-imagination. The put-together memory doesn't just have a few holes; it also has some entirely new bits pasted in.
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  • A small portion of the population experiences synaesthesia: they may hear colors, smell words or see a concept in a spatial location. First discovered in the 19th century, this mixing of the senses is a perceptual condition. While synaesthesia may be caused by brain trauma or degeneration, many people report symptoms from an early age.
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  • If you laid out all of the blood vessels in your brain end-to-end, they would stretch halfway to the moon (about 120,000 miles).
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  • Computer or video games may help improve cognitive abilities. However, more studies must be conducted to learn how much they help or what types of games help.
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  • One study looked at students in New York and showed that those who ate lunches that did not include artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes did 14% better on IQ tests than the students who ate lunches with these additives.
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  • Our brain prefers images over text. Participants in studies only remember about 10% of information presented orally when they are tested 72 hours after instruction. However, that number jumps by about 65% when an image is added to the learning process.
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  • Feeling tired? Go ahead and yawn. Yawning cools down the brain, research suggests. Sleep deprivation raises brain temperature.
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