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Joking Addiction, A Brain Issue

Damage to the brain’s right frontal lobe makes some people tell inappropriate jokes. Have you known someone with this condition? It’s very interesting to me what a malfunction in a certain brain area can do to a person’s behavior. Witzelsucht (German: “joking addiction”) is a set of pure and rare neurological symptoms characterized by a … Continue reading

Do You Have the Dog Owner Genes?

I found this surprising. From a study using data from over 35,000 twins, genes appear to influence a person’s choice to have a dog or not. Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than … Continue reading

Burger King Introduces “Unhappy Meals” + Home Cooking Why and How

New fast food chain meal deals by Burger King are rolling out in a few major U.S. cities, including Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Miami. McDonald’s has Happy Meals and now Burger King has this honesty campaign with “Unhappy Meals” which actually has a good motive, to raise awareness about mental health. … … Continue reading

Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

It’s a strange probation requirement on the face of it, but wearing the faces of her children in a charm bracelet for the next three years to remind her of what really matters in life could be helpful. A judge handed down this unusual sentence in Boise Idaho this month in a drug fraud case … Continue reading

Love is an Effect of the Sun

Illusions are real in their ways, and reality part a party of illusions. I held a one-man private ceremony as the sun set, not at the location of this video, however, this sunset was another, elsewhere. I let the final handfuls of atoms in my possession rejoin the earth, speaking my prepared words, remembering love, … Continue reading

Body Language Trumps Face for Conveying Intense Emotions

If you are trying to understand a confusing situation involving humans, it is very useful to observe body language. Large body movements, tenseness, swaying and fidgeting are very instructive even beyond facial expressions according to research: Be it triumph or crushing defeat, exhilaration or agony, body language more accurately conveys intense emotions, according to recent … Continue reading

Sleep Learning is Possible

What have I learned in my sleep tonight? A heavy rain and a (branch?) crash on the roof wakes me at 4:00 am. In a cold sweat, my ears ringing loud with tinnitus, I hear the powerful howling wind and think that all this fury is still miniscule compared to what could be unleashed. I … Continue reading

Contact Found 28 Yrs Later in Eyelid + Man With (Almost) No Brain

Here is one of the strangest medical cases from 2018. A woman lost a contact lens and it was found 28 years later … inside of a cyst in her eyelid. It was successfully removed with surgery and her problems went away. When a woman in the United Kingdom lost her contact lens while playing … Continue reading

Brain Study: Creativity is Supressing the Obvious

Very creative people can be oddly oblivious to the obvious. New brain research suggests that suppression of our most common pathways (thoughts) is the underlying mechanism for creativity. Remember as you read that brain waves are only patterns resulting from groups of brain cells sending signals. Brain waves are the electrical sums of brain cell … Continue reading

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