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Ask Maxim: Decapitation, Dog Periods & Fat Ladies

Answering all the questions you never knew you had (and some you did).

How long does the brain work after decapitation?
—Jared Castillo


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In a perfect world, it would function just long enough for us to flash a wink and say, “Hey, pretty lady, headed my way?” In real life, however, the world would be spared our last and final bad pun. “When the head is cut off, there is no more brain function. The source of life is switched off for good. It is a car without an engine,” says Yonas Zegeye, M.D., a West Palm Beach–area neurosurgeon. What about all those stories of people making faces after they’ve been decap­itated? Dr. Zegeye explains, “A blink or a grimace after decapitation is just a reflex; it is not a sign of brain function.” So much for capturing a final flattering selfie!

Do female dogs get emotional during their period?
—Zach Baker


Illustrated for Maxim by Jason Schneider | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2014
 
Yup! According to Victoria Stilwell, author of It’s Me or the Dog, female dogs in heat become pushier, more irritable, and sometimes aggressive toward animals and family members. “They also have a tendency to whine, become restless, or escape the home in order to find a mate,” she says. So not much different from your girlfriend, really!

Why are opera singers fat?
—Ryan Fields


Illustrated for Maxim by Jason Schneider | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2014
 
Chew on this: There may be a bit of science behind the big-blubber stereotype. For instance, additional fat around the larynx increases resonance, and a larger chest cavity and body mass contribute to a more powerful diaphragm. We sure wish that someone would have shared this with our Twinkie-gorging, spotlight-loving selves before we went into magazines.

 

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