Our body is an amazing ‘machine’. It does so many things without us ever noticing. They just happen. Every day, sometimes millions of times a day. We are powerful, toxic and terribly hairy without even knowing it. I collected 20 fun, amazing and incredible facts about the human body. Most of them surprised me as they are not the everyday facts. I spread my arms, vowed to vacuum clean every day and never drink champagne again…
But now on to the facts and see for yourself:
1. The average amount of time spent kissing for a person in a lifetime is 20,160 minutes.
2. In one day, adult lungs move about 10,000 liters of air.
3. During the female orgasm, endorphines are released, which are powerful painkillers. So headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex. Sorry ladies got to find a new excuse…
4. The stomach’s digestive acids are strong enough to dissolve zinc. Fortunately for us, the cells in the stomach lining renew so quickly that the acids don’t have time to dissolve it.
5. When you sleep, you grow by about 8mm (0.3in). The next day you shrink back to your former height. The reason is that your cartilage discs are squeezed like sponges by the force of gravity when you stand or sit.
6. Each kidney contains 1 million individual filters. They filter an average of around 1.3 liters (2.2 pints) of blood per minute, and expel up to 1.4 liters (2.5 pints) a day of urine.
7.When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph.
8. The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of the gray.
9. The space between your eyebrows is called the Glabella.
10. In one day, a human sheds 10 billion skin flakes. This amounts to approximately two kilograms in a year.
11. We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.
12. The amount of carbon in the human body is enough to fill about 9,000 ‘lead’ pencils.
13. When you blush, your stomach lining also reddens.
14. Did you know that you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider?
15. The width of your armspan stretched out is the length of your whole body.
16. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. You don’t see all of them because most are too fine and light to be noticed.
17. By walking an extra 20 minutes every day, an average person will burn off seven pounds of body fat in an year.
18. Before their first birthday, average babies will have dribbled 255 pints of saliva. By the time they’re two years old, they will have crawled 93 miles.
19. When we go to sleep and enter REM (Rapid Eye Movement),our bodies become completely paralysed as areas of the brain that control movement are de-activated. It is this that stops us falling out of bed.
20. Kissing can aid in reducing tooth decay. This is because the extra saliva helps in keeping the mouth clean.