Today's Wonder of the World is...the Amazing Brain!
Flickr photo by ClintJCL
Lately I've been thinking about how weird the human brain is.
And not just because it looks like a walnut.
Flickr photo by mkushin
See what I mean?
No, I'm talking about the freaky things the brain does, all by itself.
For instance, it takes these two revolving sculptures,
and sees the headless lady dancing between them.
Cool, huh? I just wish we could hear the music.
If we're not careful, our minds might invent some to go with it.
Speaking of inventing sounds, have you ever heard of sine wave speech? My dear husband started telling me about it the other day, and just as I was about to nod off (just kidding sweetie!) he showed me some examples.
People, it BLEW MY MIND!
Listen to this (#1A), and see if you can understand it. Weird, huh? Sounds like sound effects from Dr. Who.
Now give this (#1B) a listen, and go back and try 1A again. Now it's as clear as can be! Right?
Since you knew what to expect, your brain filled in the missing parts!
Want to try another one?
How about this (#2A) and its clear version (#2B)
Let's all give your brain a hand. (Applause, applause.)
Of course, our brains' willingness to jump in sometimes confuses things.
When my daughter's best friend first heard Lil Jon sing Snap Yo Fingers (and yes, children, your ancient mother is embarrassing you by quoting Lil Jon on her blog,) she insisted he was actually saying "Snap your bagels!"
Listen to it and see if your brain doesn't agree! (He says it the first time around the 24 second mark.)
I wonder what Sarah's friend thinks about Obama's Elf?
(You don't want to be Obama's Elf anymore? I'll do it!)
The brain doesn't just invent elves for presidents. It even colorizes! See?
Oh, mighty brain, we don't give you enough credit.
We should build hospitals in your image.
Flickr photo by tragesesse14350
Oh that's right! We already have! It's the International Neuroscience Institute in Germany.
We really should stop taking your name in vain.
No more calling people Birdbrain!
No more Pea-brain!
Flickr photo by dadadreams
(Too bad. I really like Pea-brain!)
I say we should hop on over to Etsy right now and give the brain the honor it deserves!
We'll don our brain shirts,
Photo by isotope.etsy.com
Put on our brain earrings,
Photo by beatblack.etsy.com
And drink out of brain cups!
Photo by foldedpigs.etsy.com
It's all cool stuff, and zombies will love us!
I hope I haven't given you a brain freeze!
Flickr photo by ChrisP2005
Have a wonder-full Friday, y'all, and a great weekend!