Do You Know These Fun Facts About the Human Body?
Fun Facts About The Human Body – The human body is a beautiful, wacky, and mysterious machine. Here’s the thing: we live with it, so sometimes it’s easy to forget how amazing things like internal organs, eyes, or even the basic building blocks of life (cells) are, right? Here are 15 facts about the human body that are sure to get your brain going.
15. You’re going to be taller in the morning
Measure yourself in the morning, then again at night. You’re going to be taller in the morning because of how the cartilage in your bones compresses during the day. Thanks a lot, gravity!
14. your heart beats about 100,000 times a day
Depending on your beats per minute, your heart beats about 100,000 times a day. That means it sends 2,000 gallons of blood through the body.
13. Your highest blood flow is in your kidneys
The highest blood flow isn’t in your heart, liver, or brain — it’s in your kidneys. That’s because kidneys are the body’s natural filtration system.
12. You can produce enough saliva to fill two bathtubs a year
11. Healthy lungs are pink lungs
Healthy lungs look pink and rubbery on the outside. The more you smoke though, the more tarry and black they become. This can have a serious effect on quality of life, and can even cause bubbles (called blebs) rupturing in your lungs (a condition called spontaneous pneumothorax)
10. Dreaming in black and white
12% of people dream in black and white. What’s weirder is that human beings used to sleep and dream in black and white even more before color tv (~15%). The average person still dreams in color, but it’s interesting to see how the human brain is susceptible to media.
9. Your blood vessels could circle the globe
Though people have small blood vessels, the networking is amazingly long. If they were laid out they would measure more than 60,000 miles. Please don’t do that though, it’s good to keep your vessels in your body.
8. The average human adult has 2000-4000 taste buds
They aren’t only located on the tongue. These tiny sense organs that give us the ability to taste are also located in the back of your throat, your nose, and your esophagus. That’s right, your nose doesn’t just smell — it can taste too! The sense of smell is a very important component of tasting.
7. Your body has more than 600 muscles
Your strongest muscle is located in your jaw known as the masseter muscle. The stapedius muscle, located in the middle of your ear, is your weakest muscle.
6. In time your brain has a harder time with long-term memories
In time, your brain will have a harder time with long-term memory because the brain is unable to filter and remove old memories — which prevent it from absorbing new ideas. That means the brain has to work harder to produce memories over the average lifetime.
5. Your skin has 1000 different species of bacteria on it
Your skin is vital in protection of the body against bacteria (the skin itself has 1000 different species of bacteria on it at any given time), which is why the outer layer of your skin continually renews itself. The entire process of skin cell renewal takes about 28 days.
4. your strongest and longest bone is your femur
The smallest bone is one of the ossicles which are located in the ear. One quarter of your body’s bones are located in your feet.
3. your fingernails grow faster than your toenails
That’s probably why you trim them more often.
2. You’re probably more like your dad
Researchers showed that in the scales between the female egg and male sperm that your genes tend to favor your dad, especially over multiple generations. This phenomena is known as “gene expression.”
1. Don’t sweat these amazing facts
Don’t sweat these amazing facts! You have between 2 and 5 MILLION sweat glands, and the more active you are, the more you sweat. That’s because the body recognizes that you need to cool off so you can continue to work out. Stress sweat and regular sweat are composed of different things. Stress fat has fatty acids in it, where regular sweat doesn’t. Weird to think how your brain controls that, huh?
There you have it. The body is a totally amazing thing. If you love this weird and wacky thing you call your body, then make sure you treat it right. Eat well, exercise, and make sure you get enough sleep! Take care of that body and it’ll take care of you too.