Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How interesting the human body is, poor Marie Antoinette

Human Mysteries

The Human Body is a treasure trove of mysteries, one that still confounds doctors and scientists about the details of its working. It's not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle.  Here are fifty facts about your body, some of which will leave you stunned...or...

1.       It's possible for your body to survive without a surprisingly large fraction of its internal organs.   Even if you lose your stomach, your spleen, 75% of your liver, 80% of your intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from your pelvic and groin area, you wouldn't be very healthy, but you would live.

2.       During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. Actually, Saliva is more important than you realize. If your saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

3.       The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. The egg is actually the only cell in the body that is visible by the naked eye.

4.       The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue and the hardest bone is the jawbone.

5.       Human feet have 52 bones, accounting for one quarter of all the human body's bones.

6.       Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.

7.       The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades. The reason it doesn't eat away at your stomach is that the cells of your stomach wall renew themselves so frequently that you get a new stomach lining every three to four days.

8.       The human lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometers (1,500 mi) of airways and 300 to 500 million hollow cavities, having a total surface area of about 70 square meters, roughly  the same area as one side of a tennis court. Furthermore, if all of the capillaries that surround the lung cavities were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend for about 992 kilometers. Also, your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

9.       Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph, while coughs clock in at about 60 mph.

10.     Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

11.     Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long.

12.     Earwax production is necessary for good ear health.  It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects. It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal.

13.     Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins, who smell the same.

14.     Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. This is why one out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born

15.     A baby's head is one-quarter of its total length, but by the age of  25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. This is because people's heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies.

16.     Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. Some of the bones, like skull bones, get fused into each other, bringing down the total number.

17.     It's not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time and manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else tickles you.

18.     Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly.

19.     Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. But if you are a woman, you are a better smeller than men, and will remain a better smeller throughout your life.

20.     The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

21.     The three things pregnant women dream most of during their first trimester are frogs, worms and potted plants. Scientists have no idea why this is so, but attribute it to the growing imbalance of hormones in the body during pregnancy.

22.     The life span of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. But don't worry, you must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.

23.     The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an encyclopedia. Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream, and is itself made up of 80% water. Though it interprets pain signals from the rest of the body, the brain itself cannot feel pain.

24.     The tooth is the only part of the human body that can't repair itself.

25.     Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing.

26.     By 60 years of age, 60% of men and 40% of women will snore.

27.     We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening, because during normal activities during the day, the cartilage in our knees and other areas slowly compress.

28.     The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb, even while you are sleeping. In fact, the brain is much more active at night than during the day.

29.     Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Neurons continue to grow throughout human life. Information travels at different speeds within different types of neurons.

30.     It is a fact that people who dream more often and more vividly, on an average have a higher Intelligence Quotient.

31.     The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.

32.     Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. This is true for men as well as women.

33.     There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee.

34.     A human fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.

35.     By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half their taste buds.

36.     About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home. But don't worry, a majority of these are harmless or even helpful bacteria.

37.     The colder the room you sleep in, the higher the chances are that you'll have a bad dream.

38.     Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin.

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

40.     Like fingerprints, every individual has an unique tongue print that can be used for identification.

41.     A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.

42.     It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.

43.     Humans can make do longer without food than sleep.  Provided there is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat and other factors.  Sleep deprived people, however, start experiencing radical personality and psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days, at the end of which the experimenter was awake, but stumbled over words, hallucinated and frequently forgot what he was doing.

44.     The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest blood type, A-H or Bombay blood, due to the location of its discovery, has been found in less than hundred people since it was discovered

45.     Every human spent about half an hour after being conceived, as a single cell. Shortly afterward, the cells begin rapidly dividing and begin forming the components of a tiny embryo.

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

47.     Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren't.

48.     Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints.

49.     Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears.

50.     The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet in the air.


Monday, January 21, 2013

I've been bad!

Sorry for being away so long. I am having a new website designed. So bear with me! And try not to forget me!

Here are some interesting things-Who comes up with this stuff?

Puns for Educated Minds

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
 He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to
be an optical Aleutian .

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a
weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the
other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium
at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned

17.  A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count
that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine .

21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess
looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the
craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak
and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says
'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal?
His goal: transcend dental medication.

26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at
least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Microwaving  Water!
A  26-year old man decided to have a  cup  of coffee. He took a  cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat  it up (something that he had done numerous times  before). I am not sure how long he set the timer  for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil.  When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the  cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he  noted that the water was not boiling, but  suddenly the water in the cup 'blew up' into his  face. The cup remained intact until he threw it  out of his hand, but all the water had flown out  into his face due to the build-up of energy . His  whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd  degree burns to his face which may leave  scarring.

He also may have lost partial  sight in his left eye. While at the hospital,  the doctor who was attending to him stated that  this is a fairly common occurrence and water  (alone) should never be heated in a 
microwave  oven. If water  is heated in this manner, something should be  placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as  a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc, (nothing  metal).

General  Electric's Response:

Thanks  for contacting us; I will be happy to assist  you. The e-mail that you received is correct.  Microwaved water and other liquids do not always  bubble when they reach boiling point. They can  actually get superheated and not bubble at all.  The superheated liquid will bubble up out of the  cup when it is moved or when something like a  spoon or tea bag is put into it.

To  prevent this from happening and causing injury,  do not heat any liquid for more than  two minutes per cup. After heating, let  the cup stand in the microwave for thirty  seconds before moving it or adding anything  into it.

Here is what a local high school  science teacher had to say on the matter:  'Thanks for the microwave warning. I have seen  this happen before. It is caused by a phenomenon  known as super heating. It can occur any time  water is heated and will particularly  occur if the vessel that the water is heated  in is new, or when heating a small amount of  water (less than half a cup).

What  happens is that the water heats faster than the  vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is very new,  then it is unlikely to have small surface  scratches inside it that provide a place for the  bubbles to form. As the bubbles cannot form and  release some of the heat that has built up, the  liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues  to heat up well past its boiling  point.

What then usually happens is that  the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just  enough of a shock to cause the bubbles to  rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The rapid  formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated  beverage
spews when opened  after  having  been shaken.

If  you pass this on
, you could  very well save someone from a lot of pain and  suffering.

And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world.
Then He made the earth round.....and laughed and laughed and laughed....