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A collection of trivia about the brain and nervous system from the archives of the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter. For more trivia about the brain, see brain facts and figures.

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January, 2020

A. Neuron EV is the name of an electric car company.

B. Last month, former National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern suffered a brain hemorrhage.

C. Possible neural tissue was found in a 500-million-year-old fossil of an insect-like animal. (Source: Ortega-Hernández, J., Lerosey-Aubril, R. and Pates, S., Proclivity of nervous system preservation in Cambrian Burgess Shale-type deposits, 286. Proc. R. Soc. B., http://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2370, published December 11, 2019.)

D. The University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK) was recently awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for innovation in neuroscience.

E. The muscles used to focus the eye adjust 100,000 times each day. (Source: Goes, F.J., The Eye in History, New Delhi (India): Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd., 2013.)

February, 2020

A. Singer Taylor Swift has revealed that her mother has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

B. Nymphoides aquatica is a species of plant found in rivers and lakes in Florida; this plant is also known as the Brain Plant. (Source: https://www.plantsrescue.com/nymphoides-aquatica/)

C. Dr. Seuss had this to say about contagious yawning: “ A yawn is quite catching you see. Like a cough. It just takes one yawn to start other yawns off." (Source: Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, New York: Random House, 1962.)

D. Terry Jones, who passed away last month and was a member of the Monty Python comedy group, had his brain donated to the brain bank at the Institute of Neurology, University College London. (Source: Singh, A., Monty Python frontman Terry Jones donated his brain to dementia research, The Telegraph, January 26, 2020.)

E. The original meaning of the word "hallucinate" was "deceive" from the Latin word "hallucinates" meaning "wander in the mind."

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