It is the time of year where many people will over-indulge themselves with food and drink. The food will make you fat but the alcohol consumption may make you smarter going into the new year. At least that's what Cliff Claven's Buffalo Theory postulates:
...it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast asSo eat drink and be merry. The extra food will motivate you to exercise more in the new year and the beer, wine, mead or drink of choice may make you smarter (or at least more tolerable).
the slowest buffalo and when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive drinking of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers."