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Volume #2   Issue #13

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 16, 2004

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Hi Everyone,

A BrainyZine's subscriber wrote to thank me for saving her a bad day at work with the jokes about children in the last issue. Well, I don't intend to turn BrainyZine into a jokes-a-day kind of thing, but certainly 'a joke a day, keep the stress away'! Here,  I've a list of jokes about husband that had been circulating around the Internet for quite some times. So let's get right to the good stuff (or good laugh)....

Q) What's the difference between a new husband and a new dog?
A) After a year, the dog is still excited to see you.

Q) How does a man show he's planning for the future?
A) He buys two cases of beer instead of one.

Q) How are men like commercials?
A) You can't believe a word either one of them says and they both last for about 60 seconds.

Q) Why does it take 1 million sperms to fertilize one egg?
A) They won't stop to ask directions.

Q) What do men and sperm have in common?
A) They both have a one-in-a-million chance of becoming a human being.

Q) How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?
A) Nobody knows, it hasn't happened yet.

Q) Why is it difficult to find men who are sensitive, caring and good looking?
A) Because they all already have boyfriends.

Q) What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is every night?
A) A widow.

Q) Why are married women heavier than single women?
A) Single women come home, see what's in the fridge and go to bed.
Married women come home, see what's in bed and go to the fridge.

Q) How do you get a man to do sit-ups?
A) Put the remote control between his toes.

Q) What is the one thing that all men at singles bars have in common?
A) They are married.

Q) What did God say after creating Adam?
A) "I must be able to do better than that."

Q) What did God say after creating Eve?
A) "Practice makes perfect."

Q) Man says to God, "God, why did you make woman so beautiful?"
A) God answers: "So you would love her."

Q) "But God," the man says, "Why did you make her so dumb?"
A) God says: "So she would love you."


I hope you have a good laugh. BTW, I don't have feature articles in this issue. However, I've compiled a list of news about child brain development that you might find it to be useful. Enjoy your weekend and take care.

Andrew Loh
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine
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Television May Drive Kids to Distraction  (Must Read)
Seattle Post Apr 5, 2004

A new study by a team of Seattle researchers looked at the records of many children and concluded that TV watching by the under-3 set increases the chances of problems like attention deficit disorder.

Granted, some doctors dispute the study, which appears in the current issue of Pediatrics. They claim there's nothing about telly watching that changes the wiring of the developing brain.

Still, some caution could help. Even before the study was published, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned against letting children under 2 watch television.

Helping Children Succeed
The Cincinnati Post  Apr 14, 2004

The latest brain research shows the environment plays a crucial role in brain development, even before birth. Conditions, including nourishment, care, surroundings and stimulations, can have dramatic affects on how children learn....

Clean up vaccines, mercury foes urge
The News-Leader Apr 01, 2004

Mercury is a known neurotoxin, and national medical groups and scientists say the mercury-based thimerosal, a preservative still used in some vaccines, is linked to neurodevelopmental disorders — including the one of six children diagnosed with such disorders. While many children expel the mercury through wastes, it accumulates over time in others and affects brain development, researchers say...

Early Literacy Instruction Leaves No Child Behind!
Gopusa Mar 31, 2004

Brain research points to the need for an early start with letters because 75% of brain growth occurs between birth and five years of age, in direct response to learning experiences. Between three and five years of age the foundations for more formal learning can be most easily established. 

The specialized area of our brain that deals with language has a peak period, between birth and six years of age, when it is under the greatest degree of development. After that it becomes more difficult for a child to pick up the syntax (grammatical features) of the language....

Exercising to Music Pumps Up Brain Power Mar 25, 2004

If music makes you smarter, and exercise helps brain function, can exercising to music really boost brainpower? Some researchers said it can.

Pediatricians Speak on Early Brain Development
The Oregonian Apr 13, 2004

If you happen to live in Vancouver, there is talk on early brain development by Dr. John Stirling and Dr. David W. Willis.


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