10 Crazy Facts About The Human Body

Monica Daubon

This week’s article is not so much on advancements in medicine, but just astounding facts about the human body.

  1. Your tongue is just like your fingers.

First looking at this statement, you may be trying to make connections; however, their connection is not exactly something you can see. Tongues, like fingers, have a distinct print. Your fingerprint and tongue-print are unique to your identity.

  1. Humans shed.

What?! We don’t have fur, how could we shed? The answer lies in what is under the imaginary fur: skin. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we shed about 600,000 skin cells per hour. This means that we lose and reproduce about 1.5 pounds of skin per year.

  1. The nose has a memory too.

Our senses are all connected and are processed by the part of our brain called the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb helps us distinguish between 50,000 different scents.

  1. Your body is crawling with bacteria.

Don’t freak out. Most of these bacteria are harmless and even helpful. It is also a proven fact that the most you are exposed to bacteria, the most resistance you build up against the harmful kind. So, don’t hesitate; get your hands dirty!

  1. Stinky feet are healthy feet.

Stinky feet are a result of functional sweat glands. It is estimated that over 500,00 sweat glands reside in your feet and these sweat glands can produce more than a pint of sweat per day. That’s what I call sweating buckets!

  1. A sneeze is a fast as a racecar.

The air, along with the saliva and germs, can travel at a speed of more than 100mph in a sneeze.

  1. Blood travels a long distance in your body.

Speaking of racecars, the blood cells in your circulatory system are like little racecars, and your blood vessels are the tracks. If you stretched out all of your blood vessels, you would have about 60,000 miles of blood race track. The heart, being the hard-working engine, pumps about 2,000 gallons of the blood cells through the vessels every day.

  1. Your nails grow differently.

Nails that get the most exposure and are used most frequently grow the fastest. So, whichever hand you write with will have faster growing fingernails than your other hand, and your fingernails will grow faster that toenails as well.

  1. You could create a pool full of spit.

Although not the most pleasantly sounding, if you save up all of your saliva in your lifetime, you would produce about 6,250 gallons of saliva. That is more than enough to fill a large pool!

  1. Babies’ heads are ¼ of the total length of the grown head.

If your baby is having a hard time hold up its head, don’t worry; this is because when babies are born, their heads are one quarter of the total length but only one eighth of the total length by the time we reach adulthood.

Facts provided by howstuffworks.com