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Mr. Know it All, when do we start to lose brain cells?

February 17th, 2015 Comments off

img859-150x150You may be surprised to learn the answer is 20!

In our early 20s, we start to lose  brain cells. That changes how your brain stores new memories. It’s a normal part of getting older. But you can slow this age-related memory loss by keeping active. Try exercise, dancing, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and staying socially involved.  


Ask Mr. Know it All

February 12th, 2015 Comments off

I can remember song lyrics from when I was a kid, but may forget someone’s name I met last week.  Why is that?


img859-150x150Older memories are the most deeply embedded in our minds. Our brains build new memories on them. So as we age, we can’t remember newer things as well as we do the old stuff. Also, names are arbitrary labels in our minds. Remembering a name is tricky without having some meaning to anchor it to. In contrast, music has a powerful connection to feelings and memories, so it sticks in our minds better.  webmd


Does Stress Affect Memory?

February 9th, 2015 Comments off

110x70_alzheimers_explained_in_photosThanks to a burst of stress hormones, suddenly seeing something upsetting might sharpen your memory and make you more alert.

 Your body can’t handle ongoing stress well, though. Long-term, or chronic, stress can shrink part of your brain and make it harder to focus and remember things.

And it is linked to other health problems such as depression, anxiety, heart disease, and diabetes.



Whatszit called?

January 31st, 2015 Comments off


                What is the dot over the i called?







Ask Mr. Know it All – Traffic Violations

January 30th, 2015 Comments off

What are the top five traffic violations that cause traffic collisions?

According to my source ( The Los Angeles Police Dept.) The five top traffic violations which cause traffic collisions are:

21703 (a) VC
Following too close. 

You must follow the vehicle in front of you a distance that allows you to stop, no matter how quickly that vehicle stops. The three (3) second rule will allow you to easily judge this distance. The three second rule indicates that if you see the vehicle in front of you pass a object (i.e. cross walk line, light pole, etc) you should not pass that same object in less than three seconds.

21453 (a) VC
Failing to stop for red signal lights.
California law recently doubled the fine for red light violations.23152 (a) VC
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

22350 VC
In excess of the posted speed limit, or driving at any speed that is unsafe, based on the conditions present (rain, fog and other conditions may dictate that even the posted speed is not safe.)

21801 (a) VC
Left turns.
A driver may not negotiate a left turn when another vehicle is approaching head on, that is so close as to be a hazard.


Ask Myra: Does Hair Color Make a Difference in Tolerance for Pain?

January 29th, 2015 Comments off

Myra, why do women with ‘natural’ red hair sometimes need more anesthesia than dark-haired women?


Well Sweetie, from what I’ve read, a mutation in a gene that affects hair color may be to blame. Researchers believe this increased pain sensitivity may make many redheads more anxious about going to the dentist. Men and women with red hair are twice as likely to avoid dental care as people with dark hair, according to a study in The Journal of the American Dental Association.  You Clairol induced redheads have nothing to worry about, except of course that you are Clairol induced redheads. Just kidding, dahling!

Ask Mr. Know-it-All: Dust Covers for Books

January 23rd, 2015 1 comment


When did books start having ‘dust covers’?

The earliest known dust jackets of the modern style, with flaps, which covered just the binding and left the text block exposed, date from the 1850s, although this type of jacket was probably in at least limited use some years earlier.This is the jacket that became standard in the publishing industry and is still in use today. 

Ask Myra

January 16th, 2015 Comments off

Dear Myra, My list of ‘must do’ is longer than my money or time,  how can I keep from feeling overwhelmed?

I hear you Sweetie,

  • Prioritize that daunting list and  look at it realistically.
  • Consider each need individually.  Write them on index cards and post.
  • Set realistic goals for each project and plan accordingly.
  • Keep your spirits up and  keep telling yourself you can do it, and you will!
  • Pat yourself on the back , and have a good time checking them off , one at a time.

Alike but different – What are they?

January 16th, 2015 Comments off

They have the same function,

but one has thousands of moving parts,

while the other has absolutely no moving parts –

what are they?



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A letter to Dr. Crank E. Pants

January 13th, 2015 Comments off

yo doc,

my grdma told me 2 ask u wht’s rong wit me that mkes me text n drive.


Yo yourself, Junior,

Your grandmother was right, something is wrong with you that makes you text and drive.  It is a condition called BEING STUPID! Now stay off the roads, you moron!

C.E. Pants

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