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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The most prolific mathematician of the 20th Century, Paul Erdos, preferred a different kind of stimulant: amphetamine, which he used to fuel 20-hour number benders. When a friend bet him $500 that he couldn’t stop for a month, he won but complained “You’ve set mathematics back a month”.
Newton, meanwhile, bragged about the benefits of celibacy. When he died in 1727, he had transformed our understanding of the natural world forever and left behind 10 million words of notes; he was also, by all accounts, still a virgin (Tesla was also celibate, though he later claimed he fell in love with a pigeon).
Like it or not, our daily habits have a powerful impact on our brains
Many of the world’s most brilliant scientific minds were also fantastically weird. From Pythagoras’ outright ban on beans to Benjamin Franklin’s naked ‘air baths’, the path to greatness is paved with some truly peculiar habits.
But what if these are more than superficial facts? Scientists are increasingly realising that intelligence is less about sheer genetic luck than we tend to think. According to the latest review of the evidence, around 40% of what distinguishes the brainiac’s from the blockheads in adulthood is environmental. Like it or not, our daily habits have a powerful impact on our brains, shaping their structure and changing the way we think.
Of all history’s great minds, arguably the master of combining genius with unusual habits was Albert Einstein – so what better person to study for clues to mind-enhancing behaviours to try ourselves? He taught us how to squeeze energy out of atoms, so maybe, just maybe, he might be able to teach us a thing or two about how to squeeze the most out of our tiny mortal brains. Could there be any benefits in following Einstein’s sleep, diet, and even fashion choices?
10 HOURS OF SLEEP AND ONE-SECOND NAPS
It’s common knowledge that sleep is good for your brain – and Einstein took this advice more seriously than most. He reportedly slept for at least 10 hours per day – nearly one and a half times as much as the average American today (6.8 hours). But can you really slumber your way to a sharper mind?
The author John Steinbeck once said: “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
Many of the most radical breakthroughs in human history, including the periodic table, the structure of DNA and Einstein’s theory of special relativity, have supposedly occurred while their discoverer was unconscious. The latter came to Einstein while he was dreaming about cows being electrocuted. But is this really true?
Back in 2004, scientists at the University of Lubeck, Germany, tested the idea with a simple experiment. First they trained volunteers to play a number game. Most gradually got the hang of it with practice, but by far the quickest way to improve was to uncover a hidden rule. When the students were tested again eight hours later, those who had been allowed to sleep were more than twice as likely to gain insight into the rules than those who had remained awake.
Those who have more spindle events tend to have greater ‘fluid intelligence’
When we fall asleep, the brain enters a series of cycles. Every 90-120 minutes the brain fluctuates between light sleep, deep sleep and a phase associated with dreaming, known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM), which until recently was thought to play the leading role in learning and memory. But this isn’t the full story. “Non-REM sleep has been a bit of a mystery, but we spend about 60% of our night in this type of sleep,” says Stuart Fogel, a neuroscientist at the University of Ottawa.
Non-REM sleep is characterized by bursts of fast brain activity, so called ‘spindle events’ because of the spindle-shaped zigzag the waves trace on an EEG. A normal night’s sleep will involve thousands of these, each lasting no longer than a few seconds. “This is really the gateway to other stages of sleep – the more you sleep, the more of these events you’ll have,” he says.
Spindle events begin with a surge of electrical energy generated by the rapid firing of structures deep in the brain. The main culprit is the thalamus, an oval shaped region which acts as the brain’s main ‘switching centre’, sending incoming sensory signals in the right direction. While we’re sleeping, it acts like an internal earplug, scrambling external information to help you stay asleep. During a spindle event, the surge travels up to the brain’s surface and then back down again to complete a loop.
Intriguingly, those who have more spindle events tend to have greater ‘fluid intelligence’ – the ability to solve new problems, use logic in new situations, and identify patterns – the kind Einstein had in spades. “They don’t seem related to other types of intelligence, such as the ability to memorize facts and figures, so it’s really specific to these reasoning skills,” says Fogel. This ties in nicely with Einstein’s disdain for formal education and advice to “never memorize anything which you can look up”.
And though the more you sleep, the more spindle events you’ll have, this doesn’t necessarily prove that more sleep is beneficial. It’s a chicken and egg scenario: do some people have more spindle events because they are smart, or are they smart because they have more spindle events? The jury is still out, but a recent study showed that night-time sleep in women – and napping in men – can improve reasoning and problem solving skills. Crucially, the boost to intelligence was linked to the presence of spindle events, which only occurred during night-time sleep in women and daytime slumbers in men.
It’s not yet known why spindle events would be helpful, but Fogel thinks it may have something to do with the regions which are activated. “We’ve found that the same regions that generate spindles – the thalamus and the cortex [the brain’s surface] – well, these are the areas which support the ability to solve problems and apply logic in new situations,” he says.
Luckily for Einstein, he also took regular naps. According to apocryphal legend, to make sure he didn’t overdo it he’d recline in his armchair with a spoon in his hand and a metal plate directly beneath. He’d allow himself to drift off for a second, then – bam! – the spoon would fall from his hand and the sound of it hitting the plate would wake him up.
Einstein’s daily walk was sacred to him. While he was working at Princeton University, New Jersey, he’d walk the mile and a half journey there and back. He followed in the footsteps of other diligent walkers, including Darwin who went for three 45 minute walks every day.
These constitutionals weren’t just for fitness – there’s mountains of evidence that walking can boost memory, creativity and problem-solving. For creativity at least, walking outside is even better. But why?
When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Walking distracts the brain from more cerebral tasks, and forces it to focus on putting one foot in front of the other and not falling over. Enter ‘transient hypofrontality’ – translated into basic English, this impressive mouthful basically means temporarily toning down the activity in certain parts of the brain. In particular, the frontal lobes, which are involved in higher processes such as memory, judgement and language.
By turning it down a notch, the brain adopts a totally different style of thinking – one which may lead to insights you wouldn’t get at your desk. There isn’t any evidence for this explanation of walking’s benefits yet, but it’s a tantalizing idea.
So what do geniuses eat? Alas, it’s not clear what fueled Einstein’s extraordinary mind, though the internet somewhat dubiously claims it was spaghetti. He did once joke that his favorite things about Italy were “spaghetti and [mathematician] Levi-Civita”, so we’ll go with that.
Though carbohydrates have got a bad rep, as always, Einstein was spot on. It’s well known that the brain is a food-guzzling greedy guts, consuming 20% of the body’s energy though it only accounts for 2% of its weight (Einstein’s may have been even less – his brain weighed just 1,230g, compared to an average of around 1,400g). Just like the rest of the body, the brain prefers to snack on simple sugars, such as glucose, which have been broken down from carbohydrates. Neurons require an almost-continuous supply and will only accept other energy sources when it’s really desperate. And therein lies a problem.
Despite this sweet tooth, the brain has no way of storing any energy, so when blood glucose levels drop, it quickly runs out. “The body can release some from its own glycogen stores by releasing stress hormones such as cortisol, but these have side-effects,” says Leigh Gibson, a lecturer in psychology and physiology at the University of Roehampton.
These include the familiar light-headedness and confusion we feel when we skip dinner. One study found that those on low carbohydrate diets have slower reaction times and reduced spatial memory – though only in the short-term (after a few weeks, the brain will adapt to salvaging energy from other sources, such as protein).
Sugars can give the brain a valuable boost, but unfortunately this doesn’t mean binging on spaghetti is a good idea. “Typically the evidence suggests that about 25g of carbohydrate is beneficial, but double that and you may actually impair your ability to think,” says Gibson. For perspective, that’s around 37 strands of spaghetti, which is a lot less than it sounds (around half as much as the recommended portion). “It’s not as simple a story as it sounds,” says Gibson.
SMOKING A PIPE
Today, the many health risks of smoking are widely known, so this is not a habit that it would be wise to follow. But Einstein was a hardened pipe smoker, known as much around campus for the cloud of smoke which followed him as for his theories. He famously loved to smoke, believing it “contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” He’d even pick cigarette butts off the street and stuff the remaining tobacco into his pipe.
Not really the behavior of a genius, but in his defense, though evidence had been mounting since the 1940s, tobacco wasn’t publicly linked to lung cancer and other illnesses until 1962 – seven years after his death.
Today the risks are no secret – smoking stops brain cells forming, thins the cerebral cortex (the wrinkled outer layer responsible for consciousness) and starves the brain of oxygen. It’s fair to say that Einstein was clever despite this habit – not because of it.
But there is one final mystery. An analysis of 20,000 adolescents in the United States, whose habits and health were followed for 15 years, found that irrespective of age, ethnicity or education, more intelligent children grow up to smoke more cigarettes, more frequently, than the rest of us. Scientists still don’t know why this is, though intriguingly it’s not true everywhere – in the UK, smokers tend to have lower IQs.
No list of Einstein’s eccentricities would be complete without a mention of his passionate aversion to socks. “When I was young,” he wrote in a letter to his cousin – and later, wife – Elsa, “I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.” Later in life, when he couldn’t find his sandals he’d wear Elsa’s sling backs instead.
As it turns out, rocking the hipster look probably didn’t do Einstein any favors. Regrettably, there haven’t been any studies looking directly at the impact of going sock-less, but changing into casual clothing, as opposed to a more formal outfit, has been linked to poor performance on tests of abstract thinking.
And what better way to end that with some advice from the man himself. “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing,” he told LIFE magazine in 1955.
Failing that, you might try some toe exercises. Who knows – they might just work. And aren’t you dying to find out?
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It feels like this year will be a milder summer – not reaching so many records – not until August anyway.
Personally things have been getting rough – some areas are improving, others are still lacking. Really though my overall well-being and health are increasing. That’s mostly what I have been putting time into. I have been giving serious thought into continuing my education.
Just like that new song, don’t worry about the past, just have the time of your life. Also I am humbled by all the good happening around me – not sure if it helps me, but I am waiting on Karma with a wad of it somewhere.
Anyway – back to Rick and Morty.
My favorite animated show currently – the first episode about the Mulan Fry Sauce made me laugh so hard man – I swear that show is just insanely cool. I can relate to it on so many levels. Can’t wait to see the entire season.
So the VR game is possibly the most funnest game ever made for the Oculus Rift or the HTC vibe. 500 bucks – I am looking into investing in one of these – soon – fry sauce.
Big thanks to the reddit group who are pioneer’s of the aftermath.
Also looking into quantum jumping.
Also the James Bond movie, Moonraker, that young blonde girl with pigtail braids she reminded you in a weird way about “Jaws” ?
Great but NOW – there is no such scene because blonde girl, Dolly – no longer wears braces in the movie at all…
“It’s not just me who is blown away by this. I asked Roberta Lipp, author of The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book. She too was flabbergasted by the “disappearance” of the braces.
It makes no sense for the braces to be gone, both visually from memory and as movie plot device the braces are the reason the beauty bonds with the beast, it makes sense organically to the plot and it’s a visual gag to boot. I know this is not a confabulation in my head and several other people have backed me on it.” (SOURCE)
Added more pictures of the effects – if anyone has any stories or other content they discover please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Basically it works like this – if you remember something a certain way, and are confident with the way you remember it, but when you check now – it is different. Altered timeline? Digital hacking? Is this a cover up on a government level? I try to be reasonable and explain things logically – a different timeline doesn’t sound that scientific does it??
When I was a child my dad owned a video store in the late 80’s and through the 90’s. I saw all sorts of weird, odd, one off movies. One of them was called Shazaam. I saw the movie, it was real. Now what happened was after a few years this other movie came out with Shaq called Kazaam. Same idea almost, but the movie I saw had two kids – boy and girl.
The Shaq movie only had 1 kid and it was a boy. Now being younger – there was no google or DVDs – and I think I misplaced the VHS because I never saw it again. Forgot all about it. Then last year – I saw other people bring it up on Reddit. I was SHOCKED – because I SAW THE MOVIE!
Then in December some fans asked Sinbad on twitter – and he DENIES ever making the movie. How is this even possible? At first I thought the movie sucked so bad he wanted to get rid of it. He had enough money to buy all the VHS copies and pay off google and whoever to remove any / all digital content. That was the first guess. And then all of a sudden I see the Ford logo altered, also not to mention Mandela himself died in prison in the 80’s. But in our timeline he lived till 95, became president, and died in 2013. Random fact, thenumber28 came online in 2013.
Also everything they mention on Mandela I remember – it was Berenstein Bears. It was Chic-Fil-A – I remember that Pikachu had a freaken black stripe! Google autocorrects me like I AM WRONG, but no – I am not – it was altered!?
The idea is if something was changed in the past – it created a ripple effect, changing things SLIGHTLY – but this didn’t alter our memories or minds.
When I asked my dad about this – he called it ridiculous and could care less. But – still – where is that Kazaam movie that I saw??
Seems to me there are two realities that merged. If you remember the old way, your from reality B. Anyone who doesn’t remember any differences at all are from reality A.
More pics and info on this – I also believe that because I really did see Sinbad’s movie – that somehow the number28 itself was drawn to the altered timeline.
I understand it’s hard to trust the human mind – slight changes might just be damaged memories. However I am convinced that there is more to this story, and so do thousands of others who are around the same age as me.
The above pic is the idea that the car Kennedy drove in was smaller then it really was. So the person who really assassinated JFK was Jackie Kennedy? Uhh… plz god no?
To me – it may have been a better timeline. We altered something to save humanity from some major disaster.
And so this is A GOOD THING – but still not sure how or when this happened.
And I still doubt it as there must be a logical explanation for a movie vanishing out of thin air?!?! Why that movie? Was it because he was a Genie?
The September Equinox
Is it fall already? 94 days before Christmas! I see the pumpkin patches are starting up around my neighborhood.
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Emails leaked, the DNC leader resigns due to the email content… So where is our democracy? Has it been hijacked?
If Clinton takes in all this money from other countries for her comfort and the foundation – what does that really mean? What exactly is that money in exchange for? You think I would give you hundreds of thousands of dollars and not want anything back?
We must be United. Washington said we would never fail from foreign enemy’s, but from within. They knew before we did.
The Number 28 Inc. proudly supports Mr. Donald J. Trump to be our next president of the United States of America and lead the free world.
Currently he holds the #1 lead at twenty eight percent.
We endorse him and wish him luck tomorrow at the Iowa Caucus 2016 event on February 1st, 2016.
Our country has done great things, putting a man on the moon just touches the surface on the freedoms and social conquests for humanity that the USA has established.
I fear what the world would become without the USA. However corruption, politics, greed, and gluttony has destroyed a once mighty nation. Our forefathers are rolling in their graves.
We NEED to Make America Great Again.
I believe in his pledge, his vision, and trust him to get the job done correctly and honorably.
We here at thenumber28 salute you, Mr. Trump. Godspeed.
Currently Donald J. Trump has surged past Ted Cruz in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton is holding a three-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll before the Iowa caucuses.
Trump leads Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 5 points.
Trump captures the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, compared to 23 percent for Cruz, 15 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 percent for former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
On the Democratic, the data shows Clinton up over Sanders 45 to 42 percent, with just three percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
I believe in America, I believe in Mr. Trump.
In God We Trust. Go Trump !!
F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet will finally make its debut appearance in the UK this summer.
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The new stealth fighter is being developed by countries including America and Britain, and is lauded as the world’s most advanced combat jet ever created.
Thenumber28 loves our country, this IS made in America. When you see this puppy roaring the skys you will fear the pride and power of the stars and stripes once more.
F-35A: $98M (low rate initial production and not including the engine, full production in 2018 to be $85M)
The United States Marines have confirmed they intend to fly two of the new Lockheed Martin planes to the UK for their first ever appearance. They are expected to appear at both the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire.
Four F-35s are currently being used for training and testing in the US.
US sources said another American stealth fighter, the F-22 could also make an appearance at UK shows this summer.
Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said their appearance would be “a significant milestone”.
Britain has said it will have 48 of the jump jet F-35Bs by 2023 and will eventually go on to buy a fleet of 138.
Britain’s first F-35s should be combat ready by 2018.
The £70 million each combat jets will be called the Lightning II in the UK and be flown by the RAF and Royal Navy.
Lt Gen Jon Davis Deputy, US Marines commandant for aviation, said: “The US Marine Corps is looking forward to demonstrating the capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II in the skies over the United Kingdom this July,”
He said a joint US Marine Corps and UK detachment would use the flights to work more closely together. British and American crews have worked side by side to develop the fighters and US jets will also fly from the Navy’s new aircraft carriers.
The F-35 program ran into technical problems and cost overruns for years, but officials say it has improved and that costs have fallen for the past five years.
Besides Britain, seven other countries helped fund development of the jets: Norway, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Turkey, Italy and the Netherlands. All but Canada and Denmark have since ordered jets, as have Israel, Japan and South Korea.
Soon I can put all my data on a single flash drive and put it in my pocket!
The future is bright for us here at the 28, we are also expanding!
Not only have we upgraded our servers, but I am also laying out several other domains for our presence in the world.
I have high hopes for this site, for now it remains a blog site and a learning tool, so I can aspire to apply my creativity.
Thank you for reading, I want to also post more of my content here. My music, videos, my data drop box for system health tools that I seldomly need.
More storage, more CPU power, more CONTENT!
We are getting ready for 2016. This will be our year. And we will see you in the future.
The wonderful world of 28, let’s see how this number is energy from god.
Are you born on the twenty eighth day?
The wide world view and the sense of responsibility are inherent in these people. Those born with Number 28 possess a deep analytical mind, their rational approach to business is giving them success in anything they do. They are able to develop excellent plans, organize and direct people. For the carriers of Number 28 it is easy to cope with the difficulties and achieve their goals.
People of this Number have an excellent business skills, they evaluate their success as a set of financial accomplishments and wealth. They are extreme in everything they start. Assertive, energetic, ambitious and determined. In relations with other people and in achieving their own goals, they are straight and persistent. Despite the desire for independence, they usually easily find their place in the team. They like to assert their individuality in a strong team of associates.
Usually people with Number 28 are competent in their field and are respected by others. They appreciate the serenity and comfort, especially at home. Many of them are self-sufficient and arrogant, tend to rule. They like to overcome life’s difficulties. In an effort to implement their own ideas, can be stubborn and rigid.
Thanks to the creative approach, people of this Number are able to achieve a great financial success. They need to identify their priorities in life, real responsibilities, and organize their life to achieve the main goals.
These people are very interesting, intelligent and sensitive. They are also very responsive to the environment and have a good imagination. They can become good artists. They are also very ambitious.
In matters of heart and friendship people born with Number 28 are loyal and friendly. They do not impose themselves to anyone. They do not dominate, but are well aware of what they want. They are soft and gentle, and usually it is easy for them to convince others. They are very smart and always need a spiritual stimulus. Relations with them should be equally spiritual and physical. If there is no spiritual communion with the partner, they may get bored.
Sexually it is a strong number, and their partners must be strong. Sex for them is as important as the spiritual and emotional side, and an excess of one does not replace the lack of another.
These people are usually popular and have a great influence on the others. They usually get their way, not being tyrants. They are sincere and loyal, they have a lot of old friends and they always broaden the circle of the new ones. Usually people of Number 28 have a good marriages, but for them intelligence is the main feature of their partner. If the partner is not smart enough, they suffer because their mind is just as strong as their body.
28 is quite a complex number, since it contains Numbers with different properties. Number 2 – the main figure for all Numbers from 20 to 29 – is soft, supple and dependent on others. Number 8 – gives a magnetic personality, it is very attractive to the opposite sex. The sum of digits – 1. This is a commander with the energy and initiative.
This is a solid Number, very confident, quite able to withstand almost any difficulties. It is necessary for people of Number 28 to deal properly with uncertainty, which is easy to do, having a strong personality of the Number 1.
They should cultivate patience – not everyone is able to understand things at once, so it is always better to explain once again, than to fight. It is better to patiently endure hardships. .
Tonight is the 28th of January – State of the Union –
We hope everyone had an amazing new year, and this year will be even better!
First 28th of the year – we are inspired by god and his wisdom – so as I try to stay positive as I break through the difficult times.
This State of our Union speech was on tonight given by the Prez. This is the 6th union speech given by President Obama. So, I gave it a go.
I really don’t know – but I do hope the President can delivery. I want to believe him. 5 years later – I just want to get us all moving on the same page. We balance each other.
Like 9/11 – America needs to be united before we can take on our Debt and world challenges. One thing he did say was climate change is a fact – and I do continue to feel that proved consecutive year after year, records in all.
The year of action. That’s what 2014 is all about for President Barack Obama, and it was the underlying theme of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.