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16 Quirky Facts About The Body

Hello friends! Today, just to lighten things up, I thought I’d share some interesting bits and pieces of information about the body! I found these facts and photos on a the Discovery Fit&Health site. There’s lots of great information on health issues there, so I suggest you go and take a look. http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/parts/16-unusual-facts-about-the-human-body16.htm

1. TONGUE PRINT:

D­on’t stick out your tongue if you want to hide your identity. Similar to fingerprints, everyone also has a unique tongue print!

2. SHEDDING:

Your pet isn’t the only one in the house with a shedding problem. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour. That works out to about 1.5 pounds each year, so the average person will lose around 105 pounds of skin by age 70.

3. BONE COUNT:

An adult has fewer bones than a baby. We start off life with 350 bones, but because bones fuse together during growth, we end up with only 206 as adults.

4. NEW STOMACH

Did you know that you get a new stomach lining every three to four days? If you didn’t, the strong acids your stomach uses to digest food would also digest your stomach.

5. SCENT REMEMBERING

Your nose is not as sensitive as a dog’s, but it can remember 50,000 different scents.

6. LONG INTESTINES

The small intestine is about four times as long as the average adult is tall. If it weren’t looped back and forth upon itself, its length of 18 to 23 feet wouldn’t fit into the abdominal cavity, making things rather messy.

7. BACTERIA

This will really make your skin crawl: Every square inc­h of skin on the human body has about 32 million bacteria on it, but fortunately, the vast majority of them are harmless.

8. SOURCE OF BODY ODOUR

Th­e source of smelly feet, like smelly armpits, is sweat. And people sweat buckets from their feet. A pair of feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.

9. SNEEZE SPEED

The air from a human sneeze can travel at speeds of 100 miles per hour or more — another good reason to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze — or duck when you hear one coming your way.

10. BLOOD DISTANCE

Blood has a long road to travel: Laid end to end, there are about 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. And the hard-working heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through those vessels every day.

11. SALIVA QUANTITY

You may not want to swim in your spit, but if you saved it all up, you could. In a lifetime, the average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva — enough to fill two swimming pools!

12. SNORE LOUDNESS

By 60 years of age, 60-percent of men and 40-percent of women will snore. But the sound of a snore can seem deaf­ening. While snores average around 60 decibels, the noise level of normal speech, they can reach more than 80 decibels. Eighty decibels is as loud as the sound of a pneumatic drill breaking up concrete. Noise levels over 85 decibels are considered hazardous to the human ear.

13. HAIR COLOUR AND COUNT

Blondes may or may not have more fun, but they definitely have more hair. Hair colour helps determine how dense the hair on your head is, and blondes (only natural ones, of course), top the list. The average human head has 100,000 hair follicles, each of which is capable of producing 20 individual hairs during a person’s lifetime. Blondes average 146,000 follicles. People with black hair tend to have about 110,000 follicles, while those with brown hair are right on target with 100,000 follicles. Redheads have the least dense hair, averaging about 86,000 follicles.

14. NAIL GROWTH

If you’re cli­pping your fingernails more often than your toenails, that’s only natural. The nails that get the most exposure and are used most frequently grow the fastest. Fingernails grow fastest on the hand that you write with and on the longest fingers. On average, nails grow about one-tenth of an inch each month.

15. HEAD WEIGHT

No wonder babies have such a hard time holding up their heads: The human head is one-quarter of our total length at birth but only one-eighth of our total length by the time we reach adulthood.

16. NEED FOR SLEEP

If you say that you’re dying to get a good night’s sleep, you could mean that literally. You can go without eating for weeks without succumbing, but eleven days is tops for going without sleep. After eleven days, you’ll be asleep — forever!

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Hi Everyone! Please check out my site. There you'll find a range of subjects on which I've expressed my world view. I always challenge myself and others to move out of their point of view and try seeing things from another perspective. Your point of view will always be there if you don't like mine! And I'd love to hear from you. Perhaps you'll shift something in me. This is the journey to the True Self and I love it. Lots of love to you all!

Discussion

5 thoughts on “16 Quirky Facts About The Body

  1. Feeling educated.

    Posted by Chatter Master | November 9, 2012, 2:25 am
  2. That’s an interesting list of human functions/statistics, Yaz…
    However, I don’t snore…. Honest… 😛

    Posted by carolynpageabc | November 9, 2012, 3:29 am
  3. I like the 60,000 miles of blood vessels. I had no idea! Lots of great facts there. I could be quoting them one day, wondering where I heard that stuff 🙂

    Posted by Joyisnow | November 9, 2012, 11:02 am
  4. These are greatly interesting facts, Yaz. This sure did lighten stuff up 🙂

    That bit about tongue prints fascinated me the most – and the acid of the stomach lining : WOW. Thank you for lightening it up !

    Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes | November 10, 2012, 3:25 pm
  5. I hated feet before but hate them even more now. It’s amazing how long our blood vessels are and how much blood the heart pumps a day, amazing, great post.

    Posted by Chris | November 11, 2012, 3:08 pm

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