Science, always out there doing things like landing car-sized robots on the moon and then making twitter accounts for them, or discovering the particle responsible for matter having mass and then shutting down for “upgrades.” What has it ever done for you, personally these days?
It’s good to see some scientists tackling the important issues, like how to get rid of a song that’s been stuck in your head.
Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Norberg knit this atomically accurate brain that is now on display at the Boston Museum of Science because she felt that knit yarn could best convey the wrinkly ripply nature of our brains. There’s even a functional zipper that connects the two lobes! You can read more about how and why she made it at the The Telegraph.
An upsetting mental disorder has been discovered, and it concerns your brain and the delivery of puns. It’s called witzelsucht, and it causes people to make jokes, puns, and engage in what could be considered inappropriate conversation and/or behavior — and probably annoy people. Which is sad, because being a person who voluntarily makes bad puns all day is one thing. Not being able to control your bad puns is another. Insert your own pun joke here, because I’m far too concerned about many people I know who might be dealing with this already.
William Shakespeare‘s unique use of language (or misuse, depending on whom you ask) activates a response in the brain that can “shift mental pathways and open possibilities” for further mental stimulation. In other words, reading Shakespeare increases your brain power. If someone had told me this in high school, I would have never reached for those Cliff’s Notes.
Back in the 1950s, CBS wanted to fill one of its half-hour time slots with something they could show alongside The Twilight Zone. So they created Way Out, which interpreted Roald Dahl‘s more adult, twisted stories (even though he was known for his more light-hearted, kid-friendly work) into a television series similar to its successful companion piece. It only ran for 14 episodes, but five of them are available online at Archive.org.
This episode, entitled “William and Mary,” shows a bitter, verbally abusive husband on his deathbed and the neurologist who wants to keep his brain alive after death. It’s a really twisted story, and it certainly makes you want to read Dahl’s work, but I’d be lying if I said this wouldn’t be amazing if given the MST3K treatment. Especially the part when the good doctor says he’s “been wanting to have a go at a man.” Oh, yes. The full 26-minute episode is embedded above.