Why do people suffer from brain freeze and get ice cream headaches?

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HOUSTON, Tx. -- Hello and welcome once again to another installment of Weird Science, Here we try to make some sense, out of the strange. We have a cool story this week, bring you the scoop on what ice-cream headaches really are.

We've all had'em before! It's that "brain freeze" you get after downing a frozen treat. Too much, too quickly, and the pleasure turns to pain faster than you can say, "Owww, my head!" But why does it happen? Thaw-out that "thinker" and listen up.

When you guzzle something frosty fast, your palate gets very cold and starts to freak-out. Close by blood vessels start to get really cold and contract. To fight the freeze, your brain sends extra blood into the area to warm things up, expanding the blood vessels really quickly. All this expanding and contracting causes the pulsing pain in your head, which we so fondly call an ice cream headache, or brain freeze.

The good news; the pain only last a few seconds until the palate warms up again. The bad news; if your stupid enough to chug ice-cream or cold drinks, you'll probably be a chronic "brain freeze" sufferer for a while. sorry.

So there you have it, a perfect example of cause and effect. It goes to show you, there sometimes might not be a need for Weird Science, if people just used some common sense.