Fun Facts – Human Body
The human body is remarkable. From the circulatory to the skeletal, it manages a range of biological systems that perform specific functions, enabling us to exist.
With 206 bones, 5 vital organs and enough blood vessels to circulate the Earth’s equator several times, the human body is an extraordinary feat of biological engineering.
While we’re blissfully unaware, the body performs umpteen tasks. Whether digesting dinner or delivering oxygen to every single cell, your body’s busy allowing you to be.
From the average human body having 67 different belly button bacteria to being the only known species to blush, here are a few more fun and fascinating facts about your body.
- The noise made when you crack your knuckles is the sound of bubbles popping in the joints’ fluid.
- Sweat doesn’t smell. Any bad odour is caused by the waste products of skin bacteria that feed on your sweat.
- If you have a condition called Heterochromia, you’re in good company. From David Bowie to Kiefer Sutherland, several people have different colour eyes.
- As the human species evolved, the brain grew larger to accommodate its higher functions. In order to remain compact and in proportion to the rest of the body, it folded in on itself as it grew. If the brain was unfolded, it would spread to the approximate size of a pillowcase. A model of the brain as a section helps to demonstrate its unique composition.
- Approximately 10,000 human cells can fit on the head of a pin.
- The mouth produces approximately one litre of saliva every day.
- Scientists estimate that the nose can recognise a trillion different scents.
- Nerve impulses, to and from the brain, travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
- Dead as every single strand may be, a human hair can still support 3.5 ounces. The approximate weight of a couple of chocolate bars.
- Despite its name, the small intestine is actually the largest of the body’s internal organs.
- The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court. A dissectible model of a lung shows how thousands of branching bronchi and alveoli create this large surface area to more efficiently oxygenate the blood.
- The stomach produces a new lining every three to four days. If this consistent replacement didn’t occur, the strong digestive acids in the stomach would quickly dissolve the cells.
- The aorta is nearly the diameter of a garden hose.
- While outer skin cells shed and regrow and a few organs, like the liver, are even able to regenerate, the tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.
- Finally, as you’ll know if you’ve ever tried, it is not possible to tickle yourself. The brain predicts the tickle from the information it has and eradicates the element of surprise, thus thwarting even the most ticklish among us.
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