Thursday, April 7, 2011

Today's Trivia – The Human Body

Below is another round of useless but interesting information about the human body. Let’s get right to it...

- Though it makes up only 2 percent of our total body weight, the brain demands 20 percent of the body's oxygen and calories.

- Three-hundred-million cells die in the human body every minute.

- When recognizing someone's face, you use the right side of your brain.

- When you blush, your stomach lining also reddens.

- A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

- Your stomach cells secrete hydrochloric acid, a corrosive compound used to treat metals in the industrial world.

- Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

- The average human body contains enough: iron to make a 3 inch nail, sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog, carbon to make 900 pencils, potassium to fire a toy cannon, fat to make 7 bars of soap, phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads, and water to fill a ten-gallon tank.

- You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.

- More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.

- Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!

- In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.

- Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

- Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe!

- Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!

- The human population is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.

- The only time the human population declined was in the years following 1347, the start of the epidemic of the plague ‘Black Death’ in Europe.

- A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

- An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

- It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.

- Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system.

- Men are ten times more likely to be colour-blind than women.

- Men have on average 10% more red blood cells than women

- Nearly a quarter of all human bones can be found in the feet.

- Jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of force to bring the back teeth together for chewing.

- Most people blink about 25,000 times a day.

- One square inch of human skin contains 625 sweat glands.

- Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow.

- Sexually transmitted diseases are the major cause of preventable sterility in American men and women.

- Every square inch of the human body has an average of 50 million bacteria on it.

- An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

- Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies.

- 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.

- Blonde beards grow faster than darker beards.

- Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.

- By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.

- Estragon protects against heart disease.

- Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

- Every person has a unique tongue print.

- The body's largest internal organ is the small intestine at an average length of 20 feet

- The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.

- The brain uses more than 25% of the oxygen used by the human body.

- The human body contains about sixty thousand miles of blood vessels.

- The human body has over 600 muscles, 40% of the body's weight.


  1. I like the fact that you can't kill yourself by holding your breath...try telling that to a 3 year old!!