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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Thing To Do Today: learn something.

Actually, this is probably something to do every day.

There are two sorts of things to learn: facts which don't obviously attach themselves to everyday life, and facts which do.

For instance, yesterday I learned that Superman only learnt to fly when they were making the animated film of his adventures, and they decided it was too much like hard work to keep drawing him bending his knees in preparation for making a mighty leap.

That's useless, but satisfying information. On the other hand something like gossips will gossip about everyone, including you, is something we've all wished we'd known sooner.

Useful learning, sadly, often comes from bitter experience, but neat facts are to be found all over the place.

Here's a fact which perhaps combines the two.

You have about 86 billion neurons in your brain which communicate at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour, or about 400 kilometres an hour.

This means that you really don't need to worry about your brain getting filled up.

So go on: learn something.

Word To Use Today: learn. The Old English form of this word was leornian.

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