WTF: Brain-Freeze

Posted: April 26, 2010 by Brian in Medical, science, WTF
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Holy shit.  Just looking at the picture above makes me hurt.  Now that summer is just around the corner, I better touch on this subject a little before someone dies.  Lord knows I’ve been close to a brain-freeze death.  Let me explain…

I’m sure all of us have experienced brain-freeze at one point, and sometimes it feels like the only way to stop is to sever the top of your head off and simply remove your brain.  As illogical as that may sound, it seems like pretty good f*cking idea when it’s happening to you.  I, personally, have had the worst possible experience with brain-freeze.  Yes, most likely worse than whatever you’ve experienced.  Not too long ago, I had a brain-freeze so tormenting, that it made one eye water up, the other eye actually shed a tear a mile down my face, and part of my right arm went numb.  Of course, this is aside from the usual temporary but vexatious headache that usually follows.  There’s a simple way you can avoid brain-freeze though.  Some of us may find it difficult to avoid putting extremely cold foods on the roof of your mouth because it’s a subconscious move but it works.  This is what HowStuffWorks.com had to say about the issue:

“When something cold touches the roof of your mouth on a hot day, it triggers a cold headache. The cause is a dilation of blood vessels in the head. The dilation may be caused by a nerve center located above the roof of your mouth — when this nerve center gets cold, it seems to over-react and tries to heat your brain.”

There you have it, folks. It is that simple.  Keep cold stuff away from the roof of your mouth, and your brain will thank you.

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Comments
  1. Hookedfishy says:

    That makes a lot of sense! As hard as it is not to devour my ice cream cone this summer I will surely try! Thanks B for the great insight.

    Also, vexatious!? GREAT word.

    • Brian says:

      😉 See what a little “Word of the Day” does for one’s vocab? Wait, actually that wasn’t WotD. I actually looked for that in a thesaurus. GREAT indeed! Thanks fishy.

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