25 Facts About Your Brain That Your Brain Didn’t Know

Posted by , Updated on July 12, 2014

Did you know your brain is the fattest organ in your body? These are 25 facts about your brain that your brain didn’t know.

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Your brain is the fattest organ in your body at around 60%

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It has no pain receptors so it doesn't feel anything

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This is why doctors are able to perform open brain surgery on patients that are still awake.

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At any given time your brain can generate up to 25 watts of power. That's enough to power a lightbulb.

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Despite the common myth that large brains equal more smarts, people like Einstein actually had a smaller brain

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Speaking of Einstein, the pathologist who did his autopsy stole his brain and kept it for 20 years

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You have over 100,000 miles of axons in your brain. That's enough to wrap around the world 4 times.

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Your brain continues to develop until your late 40s

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And it has the same consistency as tofu

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You have roughly 70,000 thoughts every day

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Information can fly around your brain at 260 mph

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Your brain was just about as big as it is now when you were born. That's one reason that babies have disproportionately large heads.

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Your brain is actually more active while you are sleeping

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Your brain accounts for about 2% of your mass but uses up to a quarter of your oxygen and energy

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It can also play tricks on you. Square A and B are actually the same color.

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You could survive with only 1 side of your brain

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The highest IQ every recorded is Kim Ung-yong of South Korea at 210

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Brain surgery is not something new. In the past some cultures practiced trepanation, or the act of drilling holes in the brain to alleviate pain and cure sickness

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Wilder Penfield (1891-1976) created a drawing that became known as a homunculus, which shows what we would look like if our body parts were as big as the brain space they take up.

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There are more than 100,000 chemical reactions happening in your brain every second

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Humans have more brain cells at the age of two than at any other point in their lives

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A woman's brain shrinks during pregnancy and takes up to 6 months to regain its size

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Experts estimate that over the course of a lifetime human brains of the 21st century will retain up to 1 quadrillion pieces of information

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Ancient people thought the stomach and heart to be more important than the brain. Egyptians even pulled parts of the brain out through the nose before mummifying bodies

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Contrary to popular belief you don't only use 10% of your brain. Most of your brain is active all the time, even when you sleep.

25 Facts About Your Brain That Your Brain Didn't Know

Did you enjoy these 25 facts about your brain? If so, be sure to tell your friends.

Special shout out to Petr Habarta for helping us with the research on this list.

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