The Fifth Dimension of Weird

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I can't believe I just now learned this. Brains actually changes shapes during puberty. Your teenage years do more than just change how you feel; the very structure of your brain changes during the teen years, and it even affects impulsive, risky behavior. What a perfect defense! Instead of repressing all of those behaviors, I could have acted upon some of those urges. It wasn't the Devil who made me do it (he might have had something to do with encouraging it, though), "It was my brain that made me do it! It must have formed a new convolution". The only thing is that my brain was convoluted since way before I hit puberty.

Information in your brain travels at different speeds. Yep, The neurons in your brain are built differently, and information travels along them at different speeds. This is why sometimes you can recall information instantly, and sometimes it takes a little longer. It could also explain why you stuttered when your Dad asked you something you didn't want to tell him. Your brain re-routed the information to the back side of your brain where it just sat in fear.

Did you know that a "jiffy" is actually a unit of time? Absolutely! It is 1/100th of a second, about the speed of some of my slower thoughts. There is another side to that 'jiffy' thing, though. Sometimes getting up to 1/1oo of a second can be very difficult after a late night and adult beverages.

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny! I wonder if that's an American penny, a Canadian penny or a British penny? The Canadian penny is the lightest at 2.35g, The American is next at 2,5g and the British is the heaviest at 3.56g.

There is now no 'official weight' for the Canadian cent because production of the coin ceased in the fall of 2012. It still remains legal tender and will continue to be used until all have been used up or sold in bulk.

NOTE: Canada strikes coins in 6 different values: the 5 cent coin, the ten cent coin, the quarter, the fifty cent piece, the $1 coin and the $2 coin. They had no trouble getting the enthusiastic use of the $1 and $2 coin because they quit printing the $1 and $2 bills. In purchasing something with cash, merchants round up or down to the nearest nickel. If a check, check card or credit card is used, the exact cost, "to the penny", is charged. The $1 coin had a picture of the common lune on one side. Instead of calling it a dollar now, it is unofficially referred to as the "loonnie". The picture on the $2 coin is of a bear, and the logical nickname for me would be that it would be called a 'Yogi' or 'Smokie'. That sounds logical, but did the canucks (a friendly nickname unless pronounced in a strange manner) do the logical thing? No they did not.

The called the $2 coin a 'toonie". No, I am NOT kidding you. You can look it up. It shouldn't take you much more than300 jiffy's.

The American penny, the middle weight has had more varieties than either of the other two penny's . From off the top I can remember the VBD penny, 'wheat' cents, steel penny's during WWII, Special designs for Lincoln's 150th Birthday and his bicentennial. I've seen a number of pennies lately that have a different design on the obverse side, but I don't know if there is a special name for them.

The British cent is the heavyweight, coming in at 3.56g. I don't know if there is a reason, or if the Brit's are just being snobbish because their currency is based on the value of Sterling Silver. They are the only European to NOT convert to the continental EURO. Smart. Getting the Germans, French and Spanish to agree to anything must have made for some wild and crazy financial meetings. Messing with the Pound Sterling would have blown any free-thinkers brain into bits - or maybe bytes.

None of the three nations produce copper cents any longer because the cost of production and the cost of the copper are closer to two cents than one.

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Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie!

For some old fashioned families during the holidays, this could add as many as 3-4 total calories.

I'm off to find some more weird, strange, odd-ball and just plain unbelievable things to share.

Have a good night.
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    Trivia is awesome, sometimes. And loonie toonie.
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