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Ripley's Believe It or Not by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for January 27, 2019

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    Leroy Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Let me guess—WebMD??

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  almost 3 years ago

    how does one test the blood pressure of a spider?

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    Aussie Down Under  almost 3 years ago

    As for Einstein’s brain I believe that should be was not is.

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    The Pro from Dover  almost 3 years ago
    what happened after 1930 to make the colors change between boys and girls?
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    funny_jack  almost 3 years ago

    I’m not sure I would ever want to know that data about my brain. After all, think about how THAT was measured.

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    funny_jack  almost 3 years ago

    I was thinking the same thing.

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    jasonsnakelover  almost 3 years ago

    That’s nice to know about spiders, but I’m still gonna kill them if I see them in my house.

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    Pickled Pete  almost 3 years ago

    IS that why some guys were called a PINKO ?

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  almost 3 years ago

    So much all the time about Einstein. What about Finklestein? Oiving Finklestein, New Jersey laundry truck driver extraordinaire.

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    joefearsnothing  almost 3 years ago

    Did they perform an autopsy on Einstein in order to calculate his cerebral dimensions?

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    joeatwork212  almost 3 years ago

    Isn’t it interesting that as drug companies become more powerful, “healthy” blood pressure numbers get lower and lower?

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    squiggle9  almost 3 years ago

    didn’t know they had blood

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    news_techren  almost 3 years ago

    With a spiderhygommanometer, of course.

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    Max Starman Jones  almost 3 years ago

    And some time between 1988 and 2000, they changed the Republican and Democrat colors. In Reagan’s landslide of 1984, the whole map was blue.

    I never figured out why they switched the colors on them.

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    WCraft Premium Member almost 3 years ago

    Well, I know that in the 50s it was common for men to own pink cars (think Elvis) and wear pink shirts. Not sure how it got turned around. Probably not politically correct today, anyway.

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    craigwestlake  almost 3 years ago

    I want to see how they get that tiny cuff on one of those legs…

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    austeve79  almost 3 years ago

    Einstein’s Brain…..IS….? Should that be WAS???

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    Spock  almost 3 years ago

    The significance of brain size is overestimated. For a long time, birds were considered less intelligent as they really are, because scientists thought their brain would be to small. Today it is known that crows are about as intellgent as apes, although their brain is much smaller. The brain’s visual part size of Einstein being 15% wider would not explain the big difference of reasoning capability between Einstein and an average human (I mean, 15% – go away!). And don’t forget: Average brain weight of males is 10% higher than brain weight of females.

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    Spock  almost 3 years ago

    Background story: When Einstein died in Princeton Hospital in 1955, the pathologist Thomas Harvey stole his brain. It was later carved into 240 pieces, preserved in celloidin, and kept in two jars. Even later, Harvey kept the brain in a cider box stashed under a beer cooler. He studied the brain in his spare time. In 1985, Harvey published the first study of Einstein’s brain, claiming that it had an abnormal proportion of two types of cells. This could not be proven later. When Harvey lost his medical license in 1988, he started cutting off chunks to send to researchers around the world. Five studies from other researchers followed. The results of the studies were doubted by many experts, for several reasons (e.g. the state of Einstein’s brain, the small control group of 11 (!) haphazardly chosen brains etc.) BTW, Harvey’s claim was not that Einstein’s brain was partly “wider”, but more densely packed. When reading the story about Einstein’s brain and the “studies”, you might highly doubt that they proof anything except for that Einstein had a human brain, which was more or less the same as any other average brain.

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