The neighborhood kids had a bad case of brain freeze from eating ice cream too fast. I sympathized, then watched with some fascination as, one by one,they pressed a thumb into the roof of their mouths. I asked what the whole thumb thing was about, and they replied, “it’s a cure for brain-freeze.” I didn’t believe it at first, but I took them up on their dare to eat ice cream really fast and then “cure” the resulting brain freeze with the thumb-on-roof-of-mouth trick. I don’t know how, but it works. Amazingly fast, too. I suspect it has to do with the warmth of the thumb, but I’m really not sure. Especially after they showed me another trick: to keep from hurling, curl the thumb on one hand into the palm, close the other fingers around it, and squeeze hard. Again, difficult to believe that this could work, but it does and I have no idea why. Even if you try to hurl, you can’t. I asked the kids what other magic tricks they knew, and they told me the best one: if you can’t sleep, put a quarter in your palm (palm facing up, hand open) and concentrate on the quarter. In no time at all, you’ll find yourself asleep. I tried it this afternoon and got in a really nice nap. In all my years of suffering from insomnia, nobody ever told me about this simple cure. How do kids today know these things?
Stuff I Learned Today