The body that encapsulates us, is an interesting specimen that embodies functions that sum up as weird, shocking and something to really think about. Different body parts play a key role to play out a certain bodily function, thereby making us do what we do, react to things/elements and act in a certain manner.
It holds a lot of complexities that we tend to ignore, and not really pay attention to. Here you'll discover a lot about the body that you may have already known about, or will find out for the first time. If you've always wondered about the little things your body does, then these facts about the human body are going to really surprise you.
10 Amazing Facts About the Human Body
These interesting human body facts will educate you about how your body responds to outside influences, what goes on within your body, why certain spasms or reactions take place and more.
- Average life span of a taste bud is said to last for approximately 10 days.
- A cough comes out from one's mouth at the speed of 60 miles/hour.
- The human thigh bone is stronger than concrete.
- Women blink twice as much as men do.
- Cow milk takes one hour to break down in the human stomach.
- Children grow at a higher rate during springtime.
- Blondes have more hair compared to those with dark hair.
- When the human body dries up, it creates an illusion that makes one think that hair and nails still grow after death.
- When the brain suffers a traumatic injury like from an infection, accident or stroke, some people develop 'alien hand syndrome'. It causes loss of sensation in either hand, and the ability to control its movements. It feels like the hand has a mind of its own and isn't part of the body, and can randomly tear up one's clothes, grabb random items etc.
- A human can survive without food intake, but not without sleep.
Human Body Facts for Kids
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Its easy-to-access and user-friendly interface makes it ideal for kids and adults alike. Let's take a look at some amazing facts about the human body.
- About one litre of saliva is produced by our mouth each day.
- Our body contains enough iron to make a 3 inch long nail.
- Women can smell better than men.
- The sound that our stomach makes when we are hungry is called 'borborygmi'.
- An adult human body produces 300 billion new cells each day.
- The space between our eyebrows is called 'glabella'.
- We speak about 5000 words per day on an average.
- Our heart continues beating for 5 seconds after it is taken out of the body.
- An adult's heart pumps about 4000 gallons of blood every day on an average.
- The length of the oesophagus or food pipe is apporximately 25 cm.
- The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
- The skull is made up of 29 different kinds of bones.
- The human heart and other body functions stop all at once, when one sneezes.
- It takes 72 muscles to flex, for one to speak.
- The body is made up of 80% water.
- It isn't possible to sneeze with your eyes open.
- An average human blinks about 6,205,000 times a year.
- The stomach needs to produce a new mucus layer every 2 weeks, else it would digest itself.
- Humans have unique tongue prints, just like fingerprints.
- Only humans can secrete tears from emotion; when animals do, it is due to some physical reasons.
- It takes the body about 12 hours to completely digest food present in the digestive system.
- Humans experience REM (Rapid Eye Movement), when witnessing vivid dreams.
- Your ears and nose continue to grow throughout your life.
- Some of the body parts that we don't require are - the appendix, pinkie toe, wisdom teeth and tonsils.
- It takes 43 muscles to frown, and 17 to smile.
- Average head has about 100K strands of hair.
- If you work on a computer for hours, staring at a blank piece of white paper will appear pink.
- We lose at least 40-100 strands of hair per day.
- It is impossible to tickle oneself.
- All babies are born with blue eyes. They acquire their true eye color as they grow up.
What the body experiences, whether good/bad, we are able to identify and rectify/satisfy depending upon what signals are sent by the body to our brains. Hope these facts about the human body will help you understand yours better, and give you more to understand when it comes to how your body operates.