Courtesy Microsoft Clip Arts

Courtesy Microsoft Clip Arts

The Explanation

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much.

People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so, too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full.

Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline.

The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.

It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature’s way of making older people do more exercise.

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A Catholic Priest, a Baptist Preacher & a Rabbi all served as Chaplains to the students of Michigan University at Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

They would get together 2 or 3 times a week for coffee & to talk shop.  One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn’t really all that hard, a real challenge would be to preach to a bear.  One thing led to another & they decided to do an experiment.  They would all go into the woods, find a bear, preach to it & attempt to convert it to their religion.  Seven days later, they all came together to discuss their experiences.

Father Flannery, with his arm in a sling, was on crutches & had various bandages on his body & limbs.

“Well,” he said, “I went into the woods to find me a bear.  And when I found him, I began to read to him from the Catechism.  Well that bear wanted nothing to do with me & began to slap me around so I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him & Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle as a lamb.  The Bishop is coming out next week to give him First Communion.”

Reverent Billy Bob spoke next.  He was in a wheelchair, had 1 arm & both legs in casts with an IV drip.  In his best fire & brimstone oratory, he exclaimed, “Well, brothers, you know that we Baptists don’t sprinkle!  I went out & found me a bear.  And then I began to read to my bear from God’s Holy Word!  But that bear wanted nothing to do with me.  So I took hold of him & we began to wrestle.  We wrestled down one hill, up & down another until we came to a creek.  So I quickly dunked him & baptized his hairy soul.  Just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb.  We spent the rest of the day praising God & shouting Hallelujah!

The Priest & the Preacher both looked down at the Rabbi who was lying in a hospital bed in a body cast & traction with IV’s & monitors running in & out of him.  He was in really bad shape.

The Rabbi looked up & said, “Looking back on it, . . . circumcision may not have been the best way to start.”

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