Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy 11.11.11

Today is a great day!!

Why?

Because for today it doesn't matter whether you follow the British way or the American way to write dates. In any prevalent way in the world (i.e. mm/dd/yy or dd/mm/yy or yy/mm/dd etc.), you will not be able to make a mistake in writing the date. Today it's 11.11.11.

Have you ever wondered that you have only one such opportunity left in your life to witness something similar?

It will be 12.12.12.

Have you figured out why? I will not answer. Think for yourself.

Clue?

We won't be able to celebrate a similar kind of day till 01.01.01. That will be in 2101. Will you be alive then?

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Pseudoscience: 2: Stomach and Winter

I live in a place where it gets pretty cold in winter. So cold, that I have to wear around 3 sweaters one on top of another.

When I was much younger, I always wondered why suddenly I feel so cold after taking supper (you can also call it dinner part-II). Within 20 mins from the moment I have finished taking supper, I start feeling cold. The only way I know to get rid of that situation is to jump under the blanket. I always wondered why that happens as I was under the notion that I put more energy in my body when I eat and I am supposed to feel strong and warm. I was slightly wrong. Here is why.

When you eat, a lot of energy is needed to digest the food properly. As a matter of fact, our body mechanism sends in a lot of blood to help that process. But body can't take blood away from the vital organs. So the mechanism borrows blood from those parts of the body which can still perform moderately with less blood. And our skin ("outer" surface) can perform very well with less blood except for the fact that lack of blood supply means less energy is being carried there. So there are fewer heat carrying elements. And we feel cold.

[pseudoscience: the information I write with the 'pseudoscience' title may or may not be correct. I simply write what I think and what I guess. The sole purpose I have is to analyze scientific issues in the simplest way possible. Trusting them is upon you.]


Saturday, November 05, 2011

Pseudoscience: 1: Shower

Why do we feel so FRESH after taking a shower? What are the scientific reasons behind it?

The top reason can be that we tend to clean our body when we take shower. We get rid of a lot of bacteria and we feel fresh. However, bacteria start growing back instantly and that's why in a few hours we start feeling itchy again.

But, a clean body is not the only reason we feel so fresh.

When we take shower, our skin temperature (I was going to write "surface temperature") falls sharply. To maintain the thermal equilibrium, blood starts rushing to the tissues near to the skin. So suddenly there is a change in the blood flow. Tissues which were getting moderate amount of blood suddenly get more blood. Also, we move our body in many different positions while taking a shower. So a lot of processes get initiated again and they start affecting the existing process of the blood flow. Not only that, a lot of depressing hormones that have been released earlier may be suppressed or overpowered by newly secreted hormones (which might be happy(!) hormones). So when we take shower, we passively initiate a lot of processes which aid in achieving a new state of body and mind and the new mental state might be labelled as 'fresh' depending on the strength of your previous mental state.

Did you know that, in each seven years, you become a completely new human being? Every single tissue in your body gets replaced by a new one?

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[pseudoscience: the information I write with the 'pseudoscience' title may or may not be correct. I simply write what I think and what I guess. The sole purpose I have is to analyze scientific issues in the simplest way possible. Trusting them is upon you.]