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Fun Facts -

Some interesting tidbits...


  • There are over 640 muscles in the human body.
  • There are 206 bones in an adult human body. There are about 300 at birth.
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • Human jaw muscles can generate a force of 200 pounds on the molars.
  • Toenails and fingernails are actually made from skin cells.
  • Sun exposure is cumulative, which means that your skin hasn’t forgotten the sunshine you enjoyed last year or the year before. (Don’t forget your sunscreen!)
  • How fast are nerve signals? Some, like the ones for muscle position travel on extra fast nerve fibers at speeds of up to 390 feet per second! Close your eyes and wave your arms around: you can tell where they are at every moment because the muscle-position nerves are very fast. But other messages, like some kinds of pain signals, travel more slowly. If you stub your toe, you feel the pressure right away because touch signals travel 250 feet per second. But you won’t feel the pain for another 2 or 3 seconds because pain signals generally travel at only 2 feet per second.
  • The average person can live without food for a few weeks, depending on their body type.
  • The average person can live without water for 3 or 4 days.
  • The average person needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
  • Did you know that we are made up of about 55% to 70% water? Babies are made up of about 78% water.
  • The human brain is about 80% water.
  • The heaviest human brain recorded weighed about 5 pounds.
  • It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  • The Playtsma muscle is what helped to create the infamous ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’ expression.
  • Skin is the largest organ in the body. It protects you from illnesses, helps control your body’s temperature, and helps you to feel everything from a hot kettle to a soft breeze.
  • It takes approximately 12 hours for food to digest entirely.
  • Most people don’t get enough sleep. Sleeping helps you to concentrate, keep a good attitude, deal with stresses, and handle daily activities like driving a car. So get some rest!
  • Bob Hope lived to be 100 years young, and is believed to have had therapeutic massage daily as part of his healthy regimen.
  • Go ahead and LAUGH! Laughing lowers blood pressure and lifts your spirits!
  • The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.
  • Go suck a lemon! Try adding lemon slices to your water. It provides you with good source of vitamin C, stimulates digestion, and helps to clean the liver. It also tastes delicious!
  • Due to gravitational effects, you weigh slightly less when the moon is directly overhead.
  • It takes 70% less energy to produce a ton of paper from recycled paper than from trees.
  • In your lifetime, you’ll shed over 40 pounds of skin
  • Every minute, 30-40,000 dead skin cells fall from your body.
  • 15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.
  • There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being then there are human beings on the surface of the earth.
  • The brain uses more than 25% of the oxygen used by the human body.
  • Muscles are made up of bundles from about 5 in the eyelid to about 200 in the buttock muscles.
  • Muscles in the human body (640 in total) make up about half of the body weight.
  • The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.
  • Most people blink about 17,000 times a day.
  • 70% of dust in your home consists of shed skin.
  • The average human produces a quart of saliva a day – about 10 thousand gallons in a lifetime.
  • Nearly a third of all bottled drinking water purchased in the US is contaminated with bacteria.
  • There are 60,000 miles in blood vessels in every human body.


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