We all know the story. A stranger knocks at the door. The homeowner puts down the book he's reading, turns down the music playing in the den. Then he approaches the door and asks, "who's there?"
The stranger on the other side responds, "Interrupting Cow."
And the homeowner opens his mouth to inquire further -- but before he can, this barracking bovine cuts him off with an inhuman, cognitively-disrupting "Moooooo!"
Joke all you want, but the Interrupting Cow takes a real toll on your brain and your work life. So in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I examine just how interruptions and distractions impact our cognitive functions. What can we do to combat the interpreting cows in our life?
STREAM THE EPISODE HERE: [audio http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/podcasts.howstuffworks.com/hsw/podcasts/sciencelab/2013-02-05-stbym-interrupting-cow.mp3]