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Finally, A Use for Shakespeare

Because Shakespeare had poor grammar, reading his works stimulates your brain. Your brain has to work harder to figure out what the hell he's talking about, so in essence, reading his stuff is good for you. Who knew?

"The brain reacts to reading a phrase such as 'he godded me' from the tragedy of Coriolanus, in a similar way to putting a jigsaw puzzle together. If it is easy to see which pieces slot together you become bored of the game, but if the pieces don't appear to fit, when we know they should, the brain becomes excited. By throwing odd words into seemingly normal sentences, Shakespeare surprises the brain and catches it off guard in a manner that produces a sudden burst of activity - a sense of drama created out of the simplest of things."

By min | December 20, 2006, 1:12 PM | Science


I have compelling evidence to the contrary. When I read 60 freshman papers, I'm an idiot for at least a week. I can't string a sentence together. They make me DUMB.

There are plenty of things in the world that arehard to understand, but do they all make us smarter?

Well? Do they?