Did you know that the octopus has about 500 million neurons - the same as the average dog and twice as many as a cat? Well if you read The Times you will know because that is where I got the information as there is an article on the fact that someone intends to open an Octopus Farm in the Canary Islands, to breed them solely for the Food Market (Calamari anyone?)
But it did set me thinking. Do you like Calamari? I have seen it often on the menu in various parts of the World. I have never tried it. I love Crab, Lobster, prawns and I would almost kill for a good bowl of Moules Mariniere(so if there is anyone you wish to bump off I'm your woman - except of course these days I suspect even a tortoise would be able to run away from me). And while I think about it - reading the article about how intelligent octopuses (?) are - I wonder if Sir David Attenborough is a vegetarian?
A Spanish Company is thinking of setting up a 'farm' on the Canary Islands with the sole purpose of breeding them for the table, and animal rights groups are saying it is cruel because they are "intelligent, creative and solitary creatures". Reading about them this morning has made me realise just what incredible creatures they are. For a start they have three hearts pumping blood to their 'arms' and each of their arms has a 'mini brain' - they often beat those hunting them at their own game and some can even walk on land to find food. If all that doesn't put you off ordering Calamari then I don't know what will. Eating mare (unknowingly until after I had eaten it and it was delicious) was horrifying - almost as though I had eaten my dear little Tess - my Border Terrier.
My first husband was a Japanese Prisoner of War on the Death Railway and they were mostly at starving point. One day the Japanese offered them dog and they turned it down - so the Japanese soldiers ate it.
But reading this did make me think in a wider sense about the brain and how clever some animals are - presumably reading that the dog has twice as many neurons as the cat makes me wonder just how many we have (I am now expecting one of you to tell me as I am too lazy to research it on Google).
The working of the brain has always interested me- being a teacher and especially for some years a teacher of the least able pupils- means that the problem is always at the forefront of one's mind in preparations for lessons and in the general day to day activities.
Now retired - and more recently diagnosed with Epilepsy- has sharpened my interest somewhat.
Every morning I go through the same order of things. I get up, open the blinds, get my breakfast on my trolley and into the Living Room before my carer comes. After my carer has washed and helped me dress for the day ahead, and put my Times on the trolley I immediately do the Mind Games to keep my mind sharp while I am fresh to it and my brain has not begun to fill up with the day's rubbish. Some days (today is an example) I sail through the Killer, SetSquare, Polygon, Crossword and Codeword at speed and get them all correct. On another day (yesterday for example) I struggled - finally abandoning the killer (although it was only marked 'gentle') and the crossword only half done.
Why, I ask you? What makes my brain work better some days than others? Do you have the same experience or am I a one off? The same goes for my specs and my hearing aids. This morning I listened to the seven o'clock News without hearing aids in - next time I know I will need them. Why?