Thursday, January 6, 2011

Today's Trivia – The Human Body

The hip bone's connected to the back bone
The back bone's connected to the neck bone
The neck bone's connected to the head bone
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

This week’s topic is all about the human body, which is quite fascinating...

- Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day.

- The sound of a snore (up to 69 decibels) can be almost as loud as the noise of a pneumatic drill.

- 15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.

- The human body contains enough iron to make a spike strong enough to hold your weight.

- The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.

- 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.)

- If 80% of the human liver was removed, it could still function and would eventually restore itself to its original size.

- Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.

- One in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth.

- A chromosome is larger than a gene.

- A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.

- The feet account for one quarter of all bones of the human body.

- The heart is the strongest muscle in the body and is about the size of your fist.

- The ashes of the average cremated person weigh nine pounds.

- The Auricularis muscles are used to move the ears.

- A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.

- A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip.

- The nose continues to grow throughout your life.

- The opposite of 'cross-eyed' is 'wall-eyed'.

- A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.

- A human sheds a complete layer of skin every 4 weeks.

- The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court.

- The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as the Adam's Apple.

- A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur in about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.

- Spread out, the walls of the human intestines would cover an area of about one hundred square feet.

- The ' funny bone' is not a bone but a nerve.

- It requires 30 muscles to raise your eyebrows.

- It takes 17 muscles to smile; 43 to frown.

- A Rhinologist specialises in the human nose.

- If all the blood vessels in your body were laid out from beginning to end, they would measure about 60,000 miles.

- If it were removed from the body, the small intestine would stretch to a length of 22 feet.

- Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.

- Eighty per cent of all body heat escapes through the head.

- There are 14 phalanges (finger bones) in a human hand.

- There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin of a human being.

- A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.

- An average human drinks about 16, 000 gallons of water in a lifetime.

- An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

- An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.


  1. It's funny that I did premedical studies during undergrad, but blood still makes me queasy.

  2. A lot of people are that way with blood. I have a friend who faints at the sight of it. And he's married to a surgeon!