When asked, most people would describe themselves as relatively normal, after all, most of us do more or less the same thing every day. However, when you really take a moment to think about some of the mundane things we do, you may begin to notice that they really aren’t all that normal, and in fact, they are kind of weird.
Have you ever yelled out spastically and uncontrollably before in response to something funny; otherwise known as laughing. Or maybe your eyes started to leak after something sad happened, also known as crying. And maybe after you were crying, you had a very difficult time swallowing, almost as though it felt like something was in your throat, but you’re confident you didn’t put anything there, also referred to as a lump in the throat. And this all seems normal to you?
While time has a tendency to make even the oddest of occurrences become more normalized, upon further analysis, you’d have to agree that humans and the human body do some pretty weird things every day. And today, we are not only going to tell you what those things are but even better, we also explain to you why they happen.
Who doesn’t enjoy an ice cold treat? Maybe you are a fan of milkshakes, frothy and sweet; or maybe you enjoy a good old fashioned bowl of ice cream? It’s possible that in the warmer months your go to treat is a blended ice coffee, and if you were anything like us as kids, you probably also really like fruit slushies. Regardless of what your frozen treat of choice is, chances are that you have at some point decided to drink or eat your snack rather quickly, only to suddenly find yourself with a feeling, not unlike your head is in a vice grip. This occurrence is known as brain freeze, and while most people learn their lesson early on when it comes to eating cold treats, very few actually know what causes it.
The human brain likes to be kept at a constant temperature, and it works really hard to do so. However, when you find yourself shoveling frozen food and drink in your mouth, those cold morsels will invariably come in contact with your palate, which opens up arteries to send blood to “warm up the area.” The problem is, that increased blood causes pressure, and gives you what is invariably known as an “ice cream headache.”