I was seated in front of my 'favourite doctor uncool'. One I take pride in visiting. Why? Because one goes to him only if one has all the requisite hardware to prove one has more intelligence than a jellyfish. "Your weak spot is your spine," he said to me very seriously during the course of our conversation. Very enlightening that, though I just claimed to be intelligent!!! I had not thought of that before. But then another thought crossed my mind. "Doctor, I am sure you have never come across a jellyfish with spinal problems, have you?" I asked. There was a momentary silence during which he pondered over what to say and then decided it would be wiser to ask a veterinarian that. Well, another point to the doctor. Jellyfish have rather been on my mind for a while now. I tend to think of them very enviously. Imagine! No spine! No pain! No 'doctor uncools' to visit. No enlightening conversations with one of that species! What an enviable life! Now I have one more point to envy jellyfish about. Apparently jellyfish have no brains, or so the brilliant scientists claim. I wonder whether this is absolute or just a relative assessment. Need to go and ask Uncool Google about it. No brain? No thoughts! No karma! Perpetual state of thoughtlessness or meditation. Instant Nirvana! The bonus is no headaches, no migraines ..... But jellyfish do have a problem. They, according to one article are like the teenagers of the sea. Blobs, aimlessly floating through life eating anything that drifts by. And if that isn't enough of a similarity, a new study concludes that they need sleep, too. Unlike teenagers, scientists from Cal Tech couldn't ask jellyfish if they were sleeping, so to find out if they were, they performed a series of tests. Now that is a bit rich, isn't it? You see a creature and suspect it is getting its undeserved 40 winks (considering it does not suffer from headaches, negative thoughts etc.) but are not able to ask it outright. So you prod it about a bit, wake it up and check out its 'reaction'. Then you are suitably surprised that it needs its catch-up sleep next day. Imagine if aliens were unable to decide whether you were awake or not and were to come and prod you around a bit! Just how would you like it, eh? And then they go and tell their folks you lack a brain like theirs!!! Maybe I feel the stirrings of some emotion akin to sympathy for those poor jellyfish who are not allowed to get their beauty sleep in peace. Hmm... poor brainless jellyfish. Which brings me to a question. How do they know what they see? How do they feel people prodding them and wake up? How do they know when their restaurant floats past them to just reach out and grab their favourite food? How do they know when some other critter fancies them as food? They must know, considering they have been around at least 600 million years longer than any other creatures. Now I have to scratch my little brain about these mysteries of life. Or let me go, ask Uncool Google.