Traditional Norwegian wedding costume. Love the headdress.
This week I learned...
People who work together have the same brain waves.
In an article published by the Los Angeles Times, reporter Melissa Healy described a study wherein 12 high school biology students’ brain waves were monitored while attending class. The effect was even more noticeable when the students liked their teacher.
Speaking of teamwork, MIT has found a “language universal.”
This universal is that in all languages related concepts are grouped close together in a sentence. Makes sense, don’t it?
The idea of language universals was first put forward by Noam Chomsky, who believed in universal grammar. Although most scholars don’t share his belief, the idea is interesting.
“Finding a property that occurs in every single language,” reporter Cathleen O’Grady writes, “would suggest that some element of language is genetically predetermined and perhaps that there is specific brain architecture dedicated to language.”
The World Almanac continues to be awesome.
Opening to a random page, I learned the orginal names of several “entertainers”: Adele, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins; Clay Aiken, Clayton Grissom; Woody Allen, Allen Konigsberg; Fred Astaire, Frederick Austerlitz; Jon Bon Jovi, John Francis Bongiovi; and Tom Cruise, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.
Seem a little different somehow, don’t they?
Speaking of names, I learned the meaning of some of our states’ names.
Several are named the place of some god or ruler, which is not unusual, but others are a little different. For example, “Colorado” is Spanish for “sandstone soil,” “Delaware” is Old French for “of the war,” “Texas” is Spanish for “friend” and California is named for a mythical island called by the Spanish “Califia.”
Norwegian brides get to wear extremely stylish (and maybe a little bit intimidating) headdresses on their wedding day, of which I’m slightly envious.
Have you all caught on to how much I enjoy National Geographic? This time it’s a photo gallery of brides in traditional garb from all around the world and in different time periods.
The Mayberry Cafe in Danville is good eatin’.
The man critter and I went there for lunch yesterday, and for me it was the first time I’d been in many years. I remembered that as a kid I could get a toy for finishing my dinner, but I am sorry to report to all the other kids at heart that the same rule doesn’t apply to adults.
And since talking about food is out of the way, the last thing I learned was that, according to National Geographic -- I just have to quote this -- “Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash are Filling the World’s Sewers.”
I couldn’t get past the lead, which read, “Mountains of grease and debris known as fatbergs are blocking toilets, breaking pipes, and even being illicitly converted into cooking oil," but apparently there's a science to this.
Yummy. That’s bound to make your day better.