That’s not how the brain works 11. October 2014 “That’s not how the brain works” – The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg
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I beg to differ, this is exactly how my brain works.
Love whirligigs. This one is charming. Many brains hardly work at all, and whirligigs only work when the wind blows, so they have much in common.
Ah, whirligigs … never heard that, but sounds very nice. They were all the rage in the part of South Tyrol where we stayed. I took many photos – almost everyone had one or even two in the garden.
LOL – your simile is very good.
My search shows that the word whirligig derives from two middle English words: “whirlen” (to whirl) and “gigg” (top), [or literally “to whirl a top”. The first reference to one was in a middle ages tapestry showing a child playing with one, and Peter Bruegel showed one in a painting. They often have a sense of fun and amusement. Many folk art pieces. The ancient Sumerians used windmills to power water pumps, but no evidence that they employed the same principles to build toys.
And still after two weeks of thinking about it – or not thinking about it – I have no idea how to call it in German … I shall use the dictionary …. dictionary is not useful … gives “roundabout” (German “Karusell”).
I don’t know German, but my translator dictionary says “Kettenkarussell”. Does that help?
Sorry, as so often I am late with answering.
No, I fear “Kettenkarussell” is “flying swings, swing caroussel” – Gernan “Kette” is English “chain”.
Or as Douglas Adams so aptly commented –
“If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.”
Aaah, this is one of the most profound sayings ever. I should read the Hitchhiker again (something on my read-again-list for some years now .. sigh).
Thanks for reminding me of sentence.