Bigger isn’t always better, or so we’ve always been told. While this may be true in many contexts, scientists have discovered that when it comes to brain size, larger may actually be better, after all.
Scientists studied 13,600 individuals in the United Kingdom in the biggest study of its kind yet to determine that a larger brain is likely to indicate a better memory, ability to use logic, and improved reactions over a smaller one. The study confirms what was suspected for some time, but had not been proven during 200 years of efforts to study the link between brain size and cognitive ability.
In the study, U.S. and Netherlands researchers used MRI scans to measure patients’ brain sizes, then compared the sizes with cognitive performance measured from tests and educational achievements. “The effect is there, on average, a person with a larger brain will tend to perform better on tests of cognition than one with a smaller brain,” said Gideon Nave, lead researcher and a University of Pennsylvania professor.
However, there are some caveats to the study, the researchers explained. Although males and females have “a pretty substantial difference” in brain volume, there is not a measurable difference in cognitive performance between the sexes. However, within just the male and female groups, same-sex differences in brain volume corresponded with differences in cognitive abilities.
In addition, the female cerebral cortex, which is found on the front part of the brain, tends to be thicker in females than in males. “This might account for the fact that, despite having relatively smaller brains on average, there is no effective difference in cognitive performance between males and females,” said Professor Nave.
One last thing: though it may be tempting, the researchers urged employers not to try to visually judge brain size of job applicants for use in hiring decisions.
There is nothing quite like an old-fashioned love letter to tell the person you love how you feel about them. No matter what age, everyone has their own way of expressing themselves and in their own unique way, it is heartwarming and adorable. Love can do crazy things to people, turn them into something they didn’t know they could be or make them act in a bizarre way, all for someone they are absolutely obsessed with. Thankfully, some of these people decided to put their thoughts or feelings to paper for us to all appreciate too! A small note of love and appreciation can dramatically change someone’s day, and these letters will certainly have you laughing. Regardless of what they say, the love is there and it is there to stay.
Love letters can be short and sweet, getting to the point in minimal words. This woman found an adorable and creative note from her other half when he expressed how much she completed him.
Some may find the excessive use of puns more cringeworthy than romantic, but in this case, we think this note could easily earn a chuckle for creativity. After all, who doesn’t want to giggle with their partner?
A rose has been the age-old symbol of love, even appearing in Disney classic Beauty And The Beast. However, when you think about it logically, this husband was right, and roses wilt and die within a matter of days, is that really the best way to describe love?
Instead, he decided to leave his wife a Nokia 3310, which are truly indestructible and last forever to express his undying love for her. Although she didn’t really understand, the thought was there.
Fried Chicken For Life
When asking your man to commit to you, there are a number of things to take into consideration, and it’s important to question if they can fully give themselves to you.
This man responded to his girlfriend’s letter by promising to commit and give her everything as long as he was not eating fried chicken. This guy was clearly a fried chicken connoisseur, and nothing was going to come between him and his favorite food, not even his girlfriend.
High School Love Triangle
Being in high school is a trying time in life, not only are you transitioning into becoming an adult, but you are also starting relationships with your peers, which can be very awkward.
Trevor knew that he wanted Cathy but sadly, she was already dating Brad, and he didn’t like it one bit. He decided to write her a letter in a last-ditch attempt and hope that she would meet him at the end of the hall at school.
A Demanding Love
Finding love notes in places that you don’t expect them to be can be and exciting and incredibly sweet.
This wife was going about her business in the kitchen when she turned to find that her husband had spelled out a note reading, “You’re going to do as I say & love it.” While it was quite a forward and demanding message, it showed the playfulness and spontaneous nature of their relationship. They sure know how to keep it surprising.
Dog Comes First
Let’s be honest, anyone that has a dog knows the feeling of the unconditional love and companionship they give you. Dogs don’t fight with you and just want your love and attention, not to mention some snacks.
This husband left and funny and playful note to his wife, telling her that he does love her, but slightly less than he loves the dog. At least she was able to laugh it off and understand the appreciation for their furry son.
Men can be very crafty in getting what they want without specifically saying it, and this man used a love note which contained an underlying, sneaky message.
Whether there really was a nasty looking spider in the closet, we’re not sure, but it sure was a great way to have his wife run around the house shaking out all of the clothes, while wearing none of them. Either way, we hope she caught that lurking spider eventually.
Art Is Love
Wes must be one little catch. His secret admirer decided to prove her love in the best way she knew how. In creating this masterpiece, Wes could truly understand how his lover truly felt about him, putting her heart and her creativity into an adorable little card.
Love is so innocent at this age, and it is heartwarming that love could be proved by drawing a heart. Everyone had a first crush, and this little girl set her sights on Wes.
Kids might be innocent, but they are actually much smarter than you would think. When it comes to getting what they want, toddlers know tactics of guilt, bribery and gaining sympathy all too well.
Little Belle expressed her love for her mom in a heartwarming note, adding that she wishes she could cuddle her all day. Belle then spoke of how she couldn’t as she was forced to go to school. It’s very clear that Belle was trying to get off school, nice try.
Competing For Love
Honesty is the best policy when it comes to relationships, and this man decided to tell his partner that she was hands down his favorite human.
His statement might have been true, and she was his favorite person, but when you bring animals into the equation, it became more complicated, and she was not the all-out winner. We wouldn’t be too sad if we lost the top spot to a dog, they really are the best.
They say a picture says a thousand words, but in this case, a lego is worth a thousand smiles. This lucky lady came home to find that her boyfriend had left her a very simple note, which made for a huge compliment, showing his love to her.
Wonder Woman represents a strong, resilient, powerful and fearless woman and being likened to her is one of the best compliments out there. It takes very little to make someone smile, and this was simply adorable.
When you’re young, love is so simple, and there are no complications. You can find love with the smallest of things, and it doesn’t take a lot for kids to throw the ‘L’ word around.
This little girl was delighted to find that her crush, Joel, had found a heart-shaped cornflake and left it for her as a testament to his love for her. It might have just been a piece of cereal, but it was the thought that counts and she probably cherished it forever.
Love can make you do crazy things, but young Ian took it to new levels when he confessed his love for Becca. Ian was so nervous to give the note to Becca that he seemed to imagine that there’s was a chance he had turned into a chicken and run away.
At the bottom of the letter, Ian asked Becca if his feelings were reciprocated and thankfully, Becca put a heart in his “yes” box. We really hope Ian stayed in human form to appreciate the response.
Infected By Love
People express their love in many different ways, some are more heartfelt, and others are unique.
This must have been an inside joke with this bacon loving couple as one boyfriend decided to tell his other half that she grew on him like the bacteria Yersinia Enterocolitica. Seeing as the bacteria can make you very sick, we’re not sure if this was a compliment or a put-down. If she got the joke and appreciated it then more power to them.
Doing the smallest deed can make someone very happy, and one little boy was relieved to find out that his raccoon was in the exact condition that he had been left.
He was so happy about it that he decided to leave his mom an adorable note, thanking her for feeding the raccoon and keeping him in good health. As a mother, you can’t help but laugh and appreciate your child’s imagination. At least he said thank you!
Best Of All Time
This is one of the cutest love letters that we have seen. Not only did Kelsey refer to herself as “Ms. Kelsey-Tait,” but she also addressed her boyfriend, Ben, as “Mr. Ben Sir.”
She proceeded to call Ben the “best boyfriend ever” and calling him awesome, adding that he makes her “paralyzed with adoration.” While we’re not sure where she came up with concepts, they are incredibly imaginative and expressive. We really hope these two lasted and Kelsey’s heart wasn’t shattered.
Some love notes are so simple, yet very thoughtful and effective. When this boyfriend saw a packet of sugar sitting on the table in a restaurant, he couldn’t resist using it to tell his girlfriend how he felt about her.
Perhaps he was listening to the Maroon 5 song “Sugar” which resonated with him and resulted in him leaving a note to his woman. There’s no doubt this made her smile, it was short and sweet, just like sugar.
For many people, food is the way to the heart. Delicious food can really change someone’s day from a bad one to a great one. People underestimate the power of food, and what better way to make someone smile but putting a loving note on their plate of food?
When this woman was served up some Mexican delicacies, her other half wrote “Te Amo,” to inject some love into the meal. If it were true love, he would have cleared up her plate after too!
Three’s A Crowd
Robert sounds like the classic man who wants the best of both worlds and can’t choose between Tracey or Roben.
However, if this was Robert’s attempt at a love letter to Tracey he failed miserably as this was more of a mind game than anything else. We can only hope that Roben stopped liking him and saw that he would never be able to commit to her. Robert sure has a lot of growing up to do.
Falling To Pieces
Whether this was a practical joke or retaliation, we’re not sure, but this prank is simple yet very effective. The vast majority of the time, you don’t walk into the bathroom and look to see if there is any paper, you just go about your business.
This girlfriend kindly left her other half just two shreds of toilet paper, but she made sure to show her loving nature with a smiley face. Better look next time, brother!
Planning For The Future
Caty knew exactly what she wanted in her future, and Steven was a big part of it. She decided to write him a love letter, which was more of a life plan, to express how she felt and how their lives would pan out.
We hope that Steven reciprocated Caty’s feelings otherwise she is in for a nasty shock and should prepare for a broken heart at such a young age. We can’t blame Caty for going after what she wants.
Don’t Go Bacon My Heart
Some women want diamonds and pearls and luxury items, but this woman was much more simple than that. Her boyfriend knew exactly how to pull on her heartstrings, so he prepared her fresh bacon for breakfast.
His note that read “…and they say you can’t prove that love exists,” says it all, and it is the little things that can really make a relationship. This one is a keeper and breakfast in bed doesn’t hurt.
This wife was incredibly brave to prank her husband by placing a piece of insulation tape over the TV remote sensor so that it wouldn’t work.
What this husband did to deserve this we’re not sure but it was absolutely hilarious on the wife’s part, we can’t even begin to imagine how frustrating this was. Nevertheless, her loving letter to her husband explaining the confusion made up for it all, and her “I love you” made everything ok (we’d hope!)
Ike proved that true love never dies when he wrote his wife this adorable note. Ike was simply giving his wife back her glasses, having lost them, but then took the opportunity to tell her how much he loved her and she was “more than [he] could have hoped for.”
Ike’s wife must have seen the funny side of the note and appreciated her husband’s way of telling her that he had found her glasses. We hope that we have a marriage like this one.
Casserole For Days
Some letters aren’t overtly loving and expressive of feelings but they say things that give you sheer happiness and joy. This husband was left a note by his wife that there were only two more nights left of eating casserole for dinner.
Upon seeing the note, he was overjoyed after eating casserole for what seemed like weeks. He couldn’t have loved his wife more at that moment if he tried. We wonder what the non-casserole dinner was?
It’s the small things in life that go a long way. Everyone knows the amazing feeling of coming home to a full refrigerator after someone went grocery shopping.
This wife not only went and stocked up the refrigerator and pantry, but she also went the extra mile and made a chocolate cake with the words “I bought groceries” written on the cake. There is no doubt she had a very husband that night, and the best wife award goes to her.
Accidental Love Letter
While this isn’t a direct love letter, the irony of it is quite funny. One husband thought to do something sweet for his wife and write her a love letter and leave it on her car, which she would see in the morning.
However, in his tiredness, the husband was not concentrating and placed the letter on his neighbor’s car instead! To avoid the awkwardness, he wrote another letter to the neighbor explaining the confusion and admitting he was not in love with them.
I Want It All
The holidays are a romantic and loving time of the year. It is an excuse to be with the people closest to you and your loved ones. This woman decided to tell her boyfriend “all I want for Christmas is to be loved by you.”
However, the adorable message was accompanied by another line that said: “Still, you better get me something.” Unfortunately, sometimes love is not enough and people need material goods to complete them. We hope it was a joke!
Whether this can be considered a love letter, we’re not really sure, but we do hope that it was intended to be a prank!
Nevertheless, teens can show their love in awkward and unusual ways so if this was a way to get this girls attention, it certainly worked. Despite it being quite a morbid way to tell someone that you like them, at least they get free candy. We’re intrigued as to whether these two ended up together.
Love By Bribe
Having a crush that doesn’t like you back can be very hard for a child to understand. In most cases, these kids don’t really understand being turned down, so they persist until they get their way.
This boy pursued his crush by chasing her outside, something that she was understandably petrified of, but he then wrote her a cute yet creepy letter. He promised that he would stop chasing her if she agreed to like him. We’re not sure how that one works?!
Some love letters contain a few words and get to the point rather quickly. However, this guy decided to use his creative side in getting his crush to answer a few questions regarding their relationship status.
Through giving her a few options, all with illustrations, he was able to figure out what she liked and what she wanted with him. He gets an A+ for effort, this was truly one of the best love notes we have seen, purely because of how much he thought about it.
Sometimes in love, you just don’t know how to express your feelings, so you just come up with pretty much anything apart from that.
This looks like it happened to Ema as she tried to tell Avi that she liked him, but instead made a joke about salt hurting when a recipe called for a pinch of it. Let’s hope Avi took the hint from the very random message and realized that Ema was crushing on him. Young love is just so complicated.
Poor Harrell, he is absolutely heartbroken and resorted to being depressed at home while listening to Simple Plan. Teens can be so dramatic and often use phrases like “I just don’t understand why I can’t find anyone to be happy with,” when they get rejected by a crush.
While it might seem like the biggest thing in the world to them at the moment, they always look back and laugh in hindsight. It probably wasn’t the best idea to send this note to his crush, though.