- A million seconds is 11 days, and a billion seconds is 33 years
- Anne Frank and Martin Luther King were born in the same year
- When you say “crisp”, the word travels from the back to the front of your mouth
- There’s no reason for the alphabet to be in that order 😮
- The word bed looks like a bed. (shark looks like shark ??)
- If you’re in a group of seventy people or more, there is a 99.9% chance that two of them share the same birthday. 50% probability with 23 people.
- Mammoths were still alive when the Pyramids were being built
- A Venus day is longer than a Venus year.
The length of day on Venus is 243 Earth days. A year on Venus is only 224.7 days. And things get even stranger. Venus rotates backwards. All of the planets in the Solar System rotate counter-clockwise when you look at them from above. But Venus turns clockwise. So, it’s impossible to stand on the surface of Venus and survive.
- Because information has to travel to your brain via neural pathways, everything you are experiencing actually happened 80 milliseconds in the past
- No one is going to remember your memories 😛
- It is impossible to clean something without making something else dirty. (In reality, all we are really doing is just moving a bunch of atoms around, hoping for the best)
- There are more slaves today than ever in human history.
- You are just a background extra in most people’s lives 😥
- There are more possible combinations of a standard 52 card deck than there have been seconds since the Big Bang. This is the amount of combinations. 80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000……… [Time is ticking…]
And The Last One… 🙂
When you remember a life event, you are remembering the last time you remembered it, not the actual event.
A lot of people think of memories like they would a file stored in a cabinet somewhere. When you want to remember something, you go fetch it from the cabinet, read the file, then put the file back in the cabinet so you can find it next time.
Well, That’s not how memory works!
When you remember something, you fetch that memory from where it is stored in your brain, and then you copy it. This copy overwrites the original memory, and the copy is never perfect. The copy you make is influenced by the context in which you are remembering the memory. The very act of remembering something changes that memory in your head. Once you’re done remembering it, your brain then re-files that memory to be retrieved again. But the original memory is gone, replaced with a copied, imperfect version of that memory.
If you know any other of such, please share in Comments. It could find its place in this list…
According to Salon.com, Jason Padgett was your average guy before suffering brain trauma . Back in 2002, he was unfortunately attacked by two men outside a karaoke bar. These two jerks kicked Padgett in the head repeatedly, causing him to see a flash of light and be knocked out. He suffered not only a pretty nasty concussio, but bleeding in his kidneys. When was finally healed enough to wake up, Padgett found that he was a math genius .
He had developed a condition called synesthesia, which causes two or more senses to blend together. Jason can literally visualize patterns in a way that most of us can’t, like describing vibrations in a cup of water or swirls of cream in a coffee mug in a mathematical way. Other people with the disorder can often taste or smell colors or other interesting combinations of senses. Acquiring extreme intelligence like this is very rare, and doctors weren’t even sure at first what made Padgett’s brain shift so dramatically.
They ran powerful MRIs on his brain to see if they could detect what unleashed his inner mathlete. What they found is that the zones in Padgett’s brain responsible for mathematic reasoning lit up an incredible amount when they showed him images of math equations, both real and imagined. They also learned they could tone down is synesthesia by turning off parts of his brain with electrical impulses. Doctors believe it’s possible that when neurons died in his brain from the injury, those around it turned on to compensate for the loss. I personally think Jason Padgett might just be a super hero, and his latent powers were unleashed by this unfortunate encounter.
Padgett’s math skills have come at a pretty big price, though. He now suffers from severe obsessive compulsive disorder, and trust my first hand experience with that monster, it completely sucks. He also has pretty terrible post-traumatic stress disorder. He seems pretty upbeat about the whole ordeal, though, and has even penned a memoir, Struck By Genius: How a Traumatic Brain Injury Made Me a Math Marvel. I hope nothing but the best for Jason in the future and that through his exceptional genius, we can all learn a little more about how our brains function. And maybe ,he can give me some math lessons too.