11 Incredible Facts About The Brain Which Will Leave You Awestruck

11 Incredible Facts About The Brain Which Will Leave You Awestruck
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The human brain is a big mystery box, with several hidden facts, most of them unbelievable. From the speed of information traveling through the nerves to fact that brain is the fattest organ of human body, there are many mind-blowing facts about the human cerebrum.

We followed a Quora thread and picked out eleven of amazing and incredible brain facts for you. Have a look!

#1) A woman's brain shrinks during pregnancy. It takes up to 6 months to regain its size.

#1) A woman’s brain shrinks during pregnancy. It takes up to 6 months to regain its size.

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#2) Half of the brain can be removed by surgery with no apparent effect on memory or personality.

#2) Half of the brain can be removed by surgery with no apparent effect on memory or personality.
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#3) Alcohol doesn't make you forget anything. It temporarily loses the ability to create memories.

#3) Alcohol doesn't make you forget anything. It temporarily loses the ability to create memories.
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#4) All brains start out as females.

#4) All brains start out as females.
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The brain of males however starts taking the masculine side of existence only after around eight weeks of conception.

#5) The human brain keeps developing until late 40's.

#5) The human brain keeps developing until late 40's.
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#6) The brain produces enough energy to light up a bulb.

#6) The brain produces enough energy to light up a bulb.
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Brain activities and cerebrally engaging experiences are pretty important for human brain development, specially for kids. They promote its development and strengthen the pathways in the brain for proper conductance of electricity. Listening to stories and reading out loud fire up certain parts of the body which plays an important role in proper development of brain cells.

#7) It only takes 6 minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol.

#7) It only takes 6 minutes for brain cells to react to alcohol.
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#8) Information travels between the parts of the brain at a speed of 260 mph.

#8) Information travels between the parts of the brain at a speed of 260 mph.
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#9) Five minutes after a dream, half of the dream is forgotten. Over 90% of the dream is forgotten after ten minutes.

#9) Five minutes after a dream, half of the dream is forgotten. Over 90% of the dream is forgotten after ten minutes.
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#10) Violent homes have the same effect on children's brains as combat on soldiers.

#10) Violent homes have the same effect on children's brains as combat on soldiers.
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#11) The brain consumes the largest portion of body's total energy.

#11) The brain consumes the largest portion of body’s total energy.
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Brain consumes 20 percent of the total energy of the body which is the highest among all organs, despite being only 2 percent of the total body weight.