Archive for the ‘Brain Hammers’ Category

Mentok the Mind-Taker

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Note at 0:30 of the below clip that Mentok the Mind-Taker’s gavel is a brain hammer, as evidenced by the squishy noises produced when manipulated.


Brain Hammers, Hair Circles, Topless Twain

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Just totally wrong

Originally uploaded by greefus groinks

This post isn’t really about anything, so you should stop reading it now.

1. Brain Hammers

So, it turns out that brain hammers pre-date the Spinal Tap album “Brain Hammer” by quite a few years. Turns out, William Blake’s Tyger got hit with one:

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

And then there’s this: [Link] (SFW)

2. Hair Circles

I was telling my Intro. to Phil. students that good definitions of e.g. “mammal” should apply to all and only mammals (so “gives birth to live young” sucks) and should be non-circular (so defining them as hair-havers sucks if hair is defined as something only mammals have).

Later that day I thought I’d check to see what wacky stuff Wikipedia had to say about mammals and hair and, sure as shit, they have HAIR being an analytic component of MAMMAL and MAMMAL being an analytic component of HAIR. Socrates is gonna be pissed.

3. Topless Twain

Also on the Wikipedia entry for hair is a photo of Mark Twain with his shirt off. Why? That is, why did MT pose shirtless for a photo? Was it for his MySpace page, or something?

Well, here it is:


Ye Olde Brain Hammmer

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 is an online collection of antique medical instruments. In response to my query regarding which item is closest to a brain hammer, curator Laurie Slater writes: is a mid 19th century papier-mâché brain (a pretty one) and is a hammer, although one used more for percussion, like a primitive ultrasound - but not on the brain of course. I suppose if you were so inclined might give an idea where to aim. is a brain drill which might have a similar effect to a brain hammer (if tidier). In fact it was a tool used to recover from ‘brain hammer’ type injuries. Drill three holes around a depressed skull fracture. Pass this through them and saw out a triangle to releive the pressure on the cerebral cortex and patch up with a metal plate. Good as new!

Then I suppose there is this (hardly a blunt instrument I admit) which would proverbially hammer the brain via sensory overload into thinking of other things. I’m not sure if this would have been considered a cure for mental masturbation .. the affliction of many a philosopher. Present company excused of course!