Despite the assurances of Hollywood, the that “we only use 10% of our brain” is
crap somewhat lacking in veracity. At Psychology Today Blogs, Keven Bennett tries to track down who perpetrated the lie. A snippet:
. . . I always try hard not to criticize the script supervisor for minor continuity mistakes, but I do feel the need to address large medical blunders when I see them. When someone says you are only using 10% of your brain what does that mean? And how do we know that we only currently use 10%? We would have to know what 100% capacity looks like before we can say we presently use 10. Right? Here is the science behind it all.
Have you ever met anyone who is missing 90% of their brain? Probably not. If you have you could ask them what congressional district they represent. Whammy.
You’ve never heard of anyone with that much brain missing because pretty much all areas of the brain are active. They wouldn’t be able to function with that tidbit of grey matter. Even the regions of cortex in blind people that normally process vision are co-opted for other functions. Everyone makes use of the entire brain.
Boys and their toys (and you just know it was an overgrown boy):
Seattle Great Wheel security workers reported the strike to police around 4:45 p.m., police spokesman Mark Jamieson said. When officers arrived to the observation deck, they looked for possible damage and confiscated the aircraft. No injuries or damages were reported.
“At this point, we don’t know who was operating it,” Jamieson said. “No one came forward while we were investigating; security didn’t have any information when we were there.”
Damn right no one’s come forward. You can bet your bippy ain’t no one coming forward either.
Portland, Maine, has come out with a new logo which states that Portland was founded in 1633, despite it’s having been founded a year earlier. When someone complained, stupid followed.
Chris Busby picks up the story:
So, on Oct. 13, the ever-helpful Schechter (of his own volition, not representing the library) sent an email to Casey Gilbert, Portland Downtown’s new executive director, in which he pointed out the error and politely requested that it be corrected. Gilbert’s response, which Schechter shared with me, was likewise polite, but also resolute in its assertion that the date will not be changed.
The “logic” behind Portland Downtown’s decision is that the logo is a marketing tool, and as such, like most corporate advertising these days, it need bear no relation to facts, history or reality. “While historians may not agree with our logic,” Gilbert wrote to Schechter, “we were really looking at the new brand/logo as a marketing piece and something that people would want to have on tote bags, t-shirts, postcards…”
Suggested debate topic:
- Resolved: That the United States began to go to directly to Hell, without passing “GO” and without collecting $200, the moment that everything became all about the “Brand.”
Follow the link for more.
Mike Kelly’s buddy has bought a quadcopter and wants to take it out joyriding. Mike is not sanguine. Here’s a bit from his column.
My friend, with laughter interrupting his words, went on to point out how much “fun” he was already having, flying his remote-controlled device up to 1,000 feet above ground and hovering over friends’ houses or cruising down various streets. He said he might even drop into someone’s back yard and snap some candid photographs before buzzing off, leaving everyone to wonder what had just taken place.
“Isn’t that illegal?” I asked.
“Not at all,” he said.
And that’s the problem.
Boys and their toys: a combination that unerringly eventually spells s-t-u-p-i-d.
If it has to be “installed,” it’s not art. It’s a washing machine.
And this surprises you how?
Gov. Christie, who has been quiet as a mouse in Republican presidential polls, roared so loudly into his cellphone while sitting in an Amtrak Quiet Car yesterday morning that he was asked to leave, according to Gawker and CNN.
Alexander Mann, a passenger in the Quiet Car, informed Gawker and CNN that Christie, clutching a strawberry smoothie, started by berating a staffer about messing up the seating arrangement.
Then, Mann reported, Christie continued bellowing on his cellphone – a double no-no, violating both the “quiet” in “Quiet Car” and the prohibition against all cellphone calls.
Follow the link, in which a Christie spokesperson suffering from a fit of projection refers to the “quiet car” as “notorious.”
Anything but your father’s music.
The teenager could no longer take the Schlager music his father was listening to on the radio and needed an out.
Luckily a concerned driver noticed the plea and called the police, as police reported on Wednesday.
The polizei were not amused.