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February 16, 2007
Wondered why mine still functions after the bashing it's had. Now i know why.
15 years ago
Cool! *drops E*
I'm surprised this is considered new information. Scientists found this out about monkeys years ago.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. "In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. "In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." -Cliff Claven
Just as in mice and rats, these cells are born in one part of the brain and then migrate to the olfactory bulb, where smells are processed. They mature into neurons on the way.
That makes me wonder. I have pretty much no sense of smell. Sometimes I can smell things, but it has to be pretty dang potent. Maybe not being able to smell keeps my new brain cells from being contaminated or something, making me smarter.
And studies show that the loss of smell may be an early sign of brain-destroying illnesses such as Parkinson's, the researchers said - a hint that these cells may be important.
Or maybe I just have Parkinson's. I hope it's the first one, though.
Cheers, Ralph. I'm now off to the pub with a clear conscience.