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So this summer I went to Harry Potter Land again. They had just opened the expansion of Diagon Alley, and even with our 2-day park passes we were only able to enter it the second day. But even if we had to skip that part of the park for the day, I was able to distract myself by riding the revamped Spider-man and Transformers rides. AWESOME. But with our passes we were able to travel between each Harry Potter park on the Hogwart’s Express, so we also visited Hogsmeade on that first day. The Butterbeer and Pumpkin juice were now a bit too sweet for me, I guess that’s indicator #1 for being a grown-up. But then you forget about that terrible little fact when you finally get through the line to Diagon Alley.
It was marvelous. Absolutely thrilling. The winding street flanked by looming row houses led travelers to the storefronts of Flourish and Blotts, Gringotts, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, The Magical Menagerie, and even Knockturn Alley’s own Borgin and Burkes. There were interactive exhibits the whole way- with one of their electronic wands, a newly-armed wizard could make feathers in display windows float, skeletons dance, and even make it rain on muggles. Ignoring the minor inconvenience of the Gringotts ride breaking down for 9 hours (we skipped it), even my dad, who doesn’t like to succumb to his inner geek, cracked a wide smile when the dragon sitting on the roof of the bank let out a ripping roar and shot a plume of fire into the sky.
Since we had already eaten, we skipped the Leaky Cauldron and Fortescue’s. The Leaky Cauldron was one of the only buildings I didn’t glance in, but my wandering eyes did fall on the menu and my mouth watered all over again. But I noticed a food was missing- one that was listed on the hanging menu of the Leaky Cauldron in the movies. For 3 sickles, I’ll make my family’s rendition of it for you here.
LEAKY HOUSE SOUP
Here are some common myths debunked and other interesting facts. Enjoy learning :)
YOU USE WAY MORE THAN 10% OF YOUR BRAIN
Your brain is continuously active. There is now way we would functions using only 10% of it. Brain scans show that no matter what we are doing, our brains are active. Depending on the activity, some areas are way more active than others. But unless someone has brain damage, there isn’t an area that isn’t used.
AFTER GETTING BEHEADED
There are stories and legends out there that say that after a guillotine execution, faces have blinked upon command and some have even scowled and expressed indignation. Are they conscious? Researchers believe that all the movement is really just reflexive twitching of the muscle and not deliberate movement.
A BIGGER BRAIN DOESN’T MEAN A SMARTER SPECIES
A whale’s brain is WAY larger than ours. But they aren’t the dominant species. brain size doesn’t mean intelligence. But what could mean intelligence is the ration of the brain to the body. For humans it’s 1:50. For most other mammals its 1:180 and for birds 1:220.
The size of different areas is important too. Humans and mammals in general have a large cerebral cortex (higher function, learning and memory) unlike birds, fish, or reptiles.
WHY CAN’T YOU TICKLE YOURSELF?
You can blame that because of the cerebellum in your brain. It monitors our movements and can distinguish between unexpected & expected sensations. It’s important for you to pay attention to the outside world and not have your brain drowned by the daily sensations of you touching your arm or noticing the texture of your socks.
YAWNING WAKES UP YOUR BRAIN
You might associate yawning with sleepiness and boredom, but it actually wakes up the brain.The action itself expands our windpipe, allowing air into the lungs and oxygen into the blood, making us more alert.Think of yawns as your body’s attempt to reach full alertness in situations that require it.
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This is a sikh temple called the Harmandir sahib or commonly called the golden temple. All sikh temples in India and even a lot around the world serve free meals everyday to anyone who visits the temple.
The water that surrounds the Golden Temple is known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar) and the water of the pool is said to have special properties.
The largest langar of all Gurudwaras is organized everyday at the Golden Temple where around 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers.
All the diners have to sit on the floor, irrespective of caste, status, wealth or creed, symbolizing the central Sikh doctrine of the equality of all people.
The Golden Temple has four entrances in the North, East, South and West indicating that people from all four corners of the earth are welcome here and are permitted to enter.