Little known facts about... our bodies


We tend to take them for granted or wish that they were thinner or more attractive, but our bodies are really pretty amazing. Here are some facts, although some a little bazaar, that should give us all a little more appreciation for our human bodies.

• Whenever a person blushes, so does their stomach. This happens because all of your capillaries widen which in turn increases blood flow. This is what is responsible for the red blush color.

• There is enough electricity generated through the brain to power a light bulb. The brain is regularly sending several electrical impulses and signals amongst billions of neurons.

• It is almost impossible to destroy human hair. Human hair is incredibly strong. It decays at an incredibly slow rate and can easily resist several types of acids and chemicals. The only sure way to destroy the human hair is fire.

• Our eyes can see at a whopping resolution of 500 megapixels spanning at 180 degrees.

• The human skeleton regenerates itself every ten years. In reality, your bones are constantly regenerating, which results in a mix of old and new bones in our bodies at some point in time. While this process never really stops, as we age, the process slows down a little bit until we die.

• Our hearts can squirt blood as far as 30 feet in distance. The heart is one of the strongest organs in our bodies.

• Our eyes are closed at least for 10% of the time we are awake. While some people blink much more than others, most people blink around 15 – 20 times every minute without even noticing it.

• Your kidney filters your blood about 25 times a day. The kidney is another crucial and amazingly strong organ in our bodies. This equates some 180 liters of blood processed on a daily basis. This filtration is crucial to keeping our blood healthy and our body functioning properly.

• When you go to bed at night, you are shorter than during the day. It turns out your height is the tallest when you wake up in the morning. This is due to the compression of your spine discs while you're vertical each day.

• A human’s heartbeat can actually synchronize with music. Of course, it depends on the beat and tempo of the song, but heartbeat is able to slow down or speed up according to the music.

• Most people in the 1940s dreamed in black and white. It does make sense when it is believed that the reason behind it is the regular exposure to black and white through TV and films.

• A quarter of your body’s bones are located in your feet. Your feet and ankles have a whopping total of 26 bones. Within those small parts of our bodies, there are some 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles.

• It is possible that your body has fought against cancer without you necessarily knowing or noticing. While your cells are constantly dividing between them, the body is very capable of catching errors.

• One cannot swallow and breathe at the same time. It may sound easy, but actually impossible to do. This is because the voice box is placed in a way that results in the body being able to do only one movement at a time.



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