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New research has found the possible causes and cures of the phenomenon known as 'brain freeze'. When a frozen treat comes in contact with the roof of your mouth, it triggers nerves that alert your brain of the temperature change. The anterior cerebral artery dilates and increases blood flow to the brain's frontal lobe to help keep it warm and protected. That's what's commonly called brain freeze. Researchers think that the additional blood flow to the frontal lobe increases pressure in the skull, which brain receptors process as pain. That could explain why the frontal lobe is the area of the brain that feels "frozen". Here are three ways to avoid getting brain freeze:
1. Tongue It—If you can you curl your tongue, fold the tip of it backward and stick the bottom of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. The warmth will help heat up the nerves in your palette and cause the blood flow to your brain to normalize.
2. Slurp Slowly--The only way to get a brain freeze is to drink or eat whatever it is really fast. If you drink or eat more slowly, you give your blood time to heat the tissue in the roof of your mouth and avoid triggering a cold-induced headache. So slow down.
3. Warm Your Hands--Your hands might not be cold, but acting like they are can make your mouth warmer. Cup your hands around your mouth like you would in the winter and exhale deeply. It will trap warm air in your mouth and help thaw your brain.
 
Steve says that he has never had a brain freeze in his life. He thinks they are a myth or maybe only people with no intelligence get them.
 
Slacker’s fun fact is that “forty” is the only number that is spelled alphabetically.
 
Another fun fact, scientists found the best way to stop bananas from rotting it by covering them with seafood. The scientists created a spray from a substance derived from shrimp and crab shells to use on bananas. They say the spray can keep bananas fresh for up to 12 days.
 
What cool facts or tidbits of knowledge do you have for us?

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