Titanic (film) trivia: The moment where Jack and Rose are racing down the hallway outrunning the rising water was one of the world’s first digital face replacements. Due to the extremely high levels of danger and difficulty required for this moment, the scene was originally shot with Kate and Leonardo’s stunt doubles running down the hallway and Kate and Leo had to subsequently make the same run. Their faces were later digitally placed onto their stunt doubles during post-production.


What do these three movies have in common?

Each movie has a character or circumstance inspired by the crimes of murderer and body snatcher Ed Gein. Despite his notoriety, Ed Gein was only convicted for one murder, and had confessed to two. Contrary to popular assumption, he was by no means a serial killer. However, because of what he would do with the bodies he dug up, he became famous and became the inspiration for many books, movies, and television shows.

My friends convinced me to play Trivia Crack today and I just realized a potential thing you could do with it…

Everyone should get the game and submit a ton of questions about stigmatized things and things that the general public is poorly educated about but needs to know. Submit questions like “which of these is not a symptom of bipolar disorder?” to the science category and “which of these sports has never had an openly gay professional player?” to sports and “in what year was the fall of apartheid in South Africa?” to history. Get creative with it. Make people learn about these things that way.

So You’re Going to Eat a Brain…

The human brain is an extremely nutrient-dense food, but not an easy one to plan a balanced diet around. Let’s say you have a smallish but healthy adult male. Their brain is probably around 1300 cubic centimeters (and with its density, its volume is directly proportional to its weight of 1300 grams).

Like most of the body, the brain is primarily water. In a healthy adult, it’s about 77% H2O.

Of the remaining 23%, the nutrient breakdown is as follows:

11% fat = 143 gm fat - 143gm * 9 Cal/gm = 1287 Cal

8% protein = 104 gm protein - 104 * 4 Cal/gm = 416 Cal

1% carbohydrate = 13 gm carbohydrates - 13 * 4 = 52 Cal

In total, a human brain contains between 1700 and 2100 calories, depending upon if the dura mater is consumed (dura not included in above calculations).

Because of the density of neurons in the human brain, we have a lower percentage of our brain dedicated to myelination, which is extremely cholesterol-rich.

However, while we have a lower percentage of cholesterol per volume than beef or pork brain, it’s still extremely high. One human brain would yield approximately 38,000 mg of cholesterol, or about 12,600% your recommended daily intake.

The brain is also a source of incurable diseases caused by prions, known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Prions are extremely heat-resistant so even if you cook your brains, that’s no guarantee that you won’t contract a condition such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease or kuru.

These conditions are extremely rare, however, so I’d be more concerned about your cholesterol intake (and maybe the fact that you’re eating a human brain), first.

Traité de phrénologie humaine et comparée. Joseph Vimont, 1832-1835.

Brain Facts and Figures


Titanic (film) trivia: During the scene when Jack is sorrowfully looking at Rose being lowered in the lifeboat, the moment a distress rocket appears right behind Leonardo DiCaprio was a lucky accident. Director James Cameron tried launching the flares hoping they would appear in frame but there was no assured way of knowing where they would specifically explode into the sky, which made it improbable to be precisely in frame with the actor. Cameron was very happy when he discovered, during dailies, the lucky shot made it on film.

Goin’ out to play trivia with Amelia (my physical therapist) and Adam (my pseudo-boyfriend) woo! We won last time, but last time there were way more of us so I’m not expecting much lol. What should our team name be though? I’ve been trying to come up with something… I’m not good at this.


Canada’s New Passport Reveals Hidden Images Under UV Light

The Canadian passport has potentially earned the unexpected distinction of being the coolest passport to pull out at a rave. The pages of the new passport (released in mid-2013) are covered in fun and colorful UV-reactive images that can only be seen under a blacklight.

The “secret” UV images are cleverly incorporated into the parts of each page that are visible under normal lighting so that the two complement each other when seen under UV light. These images, along with a biometric chip in the back of the passport, are all security measures designed to ensure that duplicating or forging a passport would be as difficult and complicated as possible.