I’m always inordinately delighted by interesting phrases (Ooh, shiny!). So much so that I’ll make a post just so I can reference the phrases. That isn’t to say that the posts I link to aren’t interesting in themselves — I didn’t find them while actually looking for quotes, after all. I’m just sayin’. I’ll try to ignore the eye-rolling.
In our skulls we carry around 3 pounds of slimy, wet, greyish tissue, corrugated like crumpled toilet paper. You wouldnâ€™t think, to look at the unappetizing lump, that it was some of the most powerful stuff in the known universe. If youâ€™d never seen an anatomy textbook, and you saw a brain lying in the street, youâ€™d say â€œYuck!â€ and try not to get any of it on your shoes. Aristotle thought the brain was an organ that cooled the blood. It doesnâ€™t look dangerous.
After a quick summary of early life’s competition and resulting hard-shelled armor, he says: Then came the Day of the Squishy Things. — how can you resist that phrase?
image: WriterHound, Brain 090407.jpg, Wikimedia Commons