Human Body Facts That Will Blow Your Mind. Here are 90!

Our body is so amazing. Time and time again, we discover something new. Did you know that scientists just discovered a new organ called the mesentry in 2017?!?! 😱 Yeap. Right. Let’s continue checking out the other intriguing human body facts below.

  1. Human bodies produce 70 kg of ATP (a molecule that stores energy, permitting us to do nearly everything the body does) per day.
  2. A human body has a bone just after the spine ends, which helps prove that humans once had tails (possibly).
  3. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.
  4. A human’s scent membrane in the nose is about the size of a postage stamp. A dog’s is about the size of a handkerchief. It’s olfactory lobe is also 4 times that of a human.
  5. 1.7 litres of saliva is produced each day. In Discovery Channel, its a quart.
  6. 10% of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
  7. 10% of human dry weight comes from bacteria.
  8. 11% of the world is left-handed.
  9. 25% of a human’s bones are in the hands and feet.
  10. 1 out of every 113 people in the world died last year.
  11. The lunula is the half-moon shaped pale area at the bottom of finger nails.
  12. You cannot sink into quicksand. By making small circles with each part of your body, water is re-introduced between the sand and clay particles, reducing the density and making it easier for someone to heave you out.
  13. A person who is lost in the woods and starving can obtain nourishment by chewing on his shoes. Leather has enough nutritional value to sustain life for a short time.
  14. A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.
  15. A scientist who weighed people immediately before and after death concluded that the human soul weighs 21 gms.
  16. About 10,000,000 people have the same birthday as you.
  17. All the chemicals in a human body combined are estimated to be worth about 6.25 euro.
  18. Around 2,000 left-handed people die annually due to improper use of equipment designed only for right handed people. (A human body fact that makes left handers sad. 😓)
  19. At age seventy, 73% of men are still potent. (Human body facts for grandpa 👴)
  20. A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph. BTW, if you’re coughing, try vinegar.
  21. A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.
  22. A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip.
  23. A healthy individual releases 3.5 oz. of gas in a single flatulent emission, or about 17 oz. in a day.
  24. A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.
  25. A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.
  26. A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.
  27. According to German researchers, the risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week.
  28. According to the Kinsey Institute, the biggest erect penis on record measures 13.5 inches. The smallest tops off at 1 3/4 inches.
  29. After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.
  30. An average human drinks about 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime.
  31. An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.
  32. An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day. If you haven’t yet, check out these interesting toilet signs.
  33. An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.
  34. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies.
  35. Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
  36. Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.
  37. Blood sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide. (Scary human body facts 😨)
  38. By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.
  39. By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat some two-and-a-half billion times (figuring on an average of 70 beats per minute.)
  40. Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.
  41. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  42. Every person has a unique tongue print.
  43. Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.
  44. Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  45. Fingernails grow faster than toenails.
  46. Fingerprints serve a function – they provide traction for the fingers to grasp things.
  47. Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.
  48. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour – about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.
  49. Humans shed and re-grow outer skin cells about every 27 days – almost 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.
  50. If it were removed from the body, the small intestine would stretch to a length of 22 feet.

Stress : Direct Effect On Fat Accumulation, Body Weight And Metabolism

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On July 1st, Georgetown University made headlines when they discovered a very specific connection between stress and weight gain. Investigators at the Medical Center who worked with mice found chemical triggers that cause fat storage. Identifying those triggers led to bigger things, like learning the ability to ‘turn it off’ to eliminate fatty deposit.

The researchers managed to make the fat disappear in mice. It was tested on mice that were stressed and eating junk food, and fat deposits shrank from 40% to 50% in 2 weeks. Imagine if they could someday implement it in humans.

The types of stress included putting in an aggressive alpha mouse and standing in puddles of cold water. Mice fed with high fat, high sugar diet gained more weight than expected. Moreover, the fat gained was the worst kind. Abdominal fat. It releases illness causing hormones and chemicals.

The Georgetown researchers found high levels of a chemical messenger called the NeuroPeptide Y (NPY) in fat, stressed out mice. The scientists managed to keep the mice from getting fat when they injected a substance to block NPY. The mice were continually put under the same stress and diet conditions but remained the same. No fat gain was discovered.

Imagine if NPY was injected into certain areas of the body, like the breasts. No more going through painful expensive surgeries. =)

Scientists Discover Key to Manipulating Fat
Pathway also explains stress-induced weight gain

When Should I Avoid Anelgesics?

  1. Analgesics also known as pain killers are a group of drugs used to reduce pain. Common examples are like paracetamol, aspirin and morphine. They are particularly effective for short term pain like headache, muscular pain or flu like symptoms.
  2. Aspirin irritates stomach linings. Avoid it if you have an ulcer.
  3. Taking aspirin during the later stages of pregnancy may lead to asthma.
  4. Frequent use of aspirin may also worsen asthma sufferers.
  5. Teens and adolescents associated with Reye’s disease, a children’s disease that can occur at any age and causes an acute increase of pressure within the brain and massive accumulations of fat in the liver and other organs, should avoid aspirins. Taking aspirin may result in fatally high temperatures.
  6. Although aspirin is used the world over in small doses to reduce the risk of clotting, patients under blood thinning drugs like warfarin should also avoid it.
  7. Although paracetamol has the same effect as aspirin, allergies and asthma attacks are unlikely. Which means that everyone including pregnant women are safe using it, though it is best not used for long periods during pregnancy.
  8. Overdosing on paracetamol may cause extensive liver damage, hyperventilation, nausea, rhinitis and vomiting.