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  • 2006-11-17: Nobody seems to know why humans blush – it seems to serve no purpose.
  • 2006-10-04: Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  • 2006-10-03: On average, Americans eat 18 acres of pizza each day.
  • 2006-10-03: More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  • 2006-09-21: 1 in 4 Americans have appeared on television.
  • 2006-07-05: The two lines that connect your upper lip to your nose are called philtrums.
  • 2006-07-05: Your heart will pump approximately 680 million liters (180 million gallons) of blood in your life.
  • 2006-07-05: The human body contains 2.8 liters (6 pints) of blood, which is circulated 3 times every minute.
  • 2006-06-29: The distance between your elbow and wrist is the same length as your foot.
  • 2006-06-23: Everyone blinks when startled by a loud noise, but if a quieter noise precedes the loud one, the blink is less severe. This is called prepulse inhibition. Studies have found that women blink harder than men, but lesbians blink less severely than heterosexual women, and gay men blink more severely than heterosexual men. Since this response is reflexive and not learned, many interpret this as a biological cause of homosexuality.
  • 2006-05-30: Babies are born with kneecaps, but they are made of cartilage instead of bone. They calcify within 2 to 6 years.
  • 2006-05-03: On average, 12 newborns are given to the wrong parents daily.
  • 2006-05-02: Everyone has unique fingerprints, palm prints, wrist prints, toe prints, foot prints, tongue prints, ear prints, lip prints, and basically any other part of your body that has wrinkles. Even the prints of identical twins are different because genes and environmental circumstances shape each twin's prints differently.
  • 2006-03-20: When you blush, your stomach lining also gets redder.
  • 2006-03-20: The average human has enough hydrochloric acid to dissolve a nail.
  • 2006-03-15: A human's nervous system sends messages at speeds up to 320 kph (200 mph).
  • 2006-03-15: The average person has 1.7 legs.
  • 2006-03-13: Humans have 34 vertebrae.
  • 2006-02-27: One third of dog owners either talk to their pet on the telephone or leave messages for their dogs on their answering machine.
  • 2006-02-15: A human adult has 32 teeth.
  • 2006-01-10: The average length of a human's intestines is from 6 to 8.5 meters (19.6 to 27.9 feet).
  • 2005-04-22: A single person brushing their teeth uses up, on average, 2 gallons of water.
  • 2005-04-22: In 2002, people of the world drank more tea than coffee. 241 billion liters versus 139 billion liters. In fact, the world drank more tea than milk, soda, beer, or bottled water.
  • 2005-04-22: In 2002, people of the world drank more milk than soda, but this could soon change. 195 billion liters of milk were consumed versus 174 billion liters of soda.
  • 2005-04-22: In 2002, people of the world drank more beer than coffee or bottled water. 143 billion liters of beer, 139 billion liters of coffee, and 131 billion liters of bottled water were consumed.
  • 2005-04-08: You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
  • 2005-04-08: You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
  • 2005-03-28: It is impossible for most people to sneeze with their eyes fully open. A small few can and contrary to popular myth, their eyes don't pop out.
  • 2005-03-23: The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body, relative to size. The masseter (jaw) muscle shows the largest amount of measurable force due to its ample connections to the bones and the mechanics of the bones it moves; although it is weaker than many muscles in your body. The top two that are considered the "strongest" if you just take them out as a whole are your gluteus maximus and your heart (works all your life, really never tires out).
  • 2005-03-21: Soccer players who head the ball 10 or more times per game have an average IQ of 103. Those who head the ball once or less per game have an average IQ of 112.
  • 2005-03-21: Banging your head against a wall uses 630 Joules (150 calories) an hour.
  • 2005-03-02: If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days, you would have generated enough sound energy to heat 1 cup of coffee.
  • 2005-02-22: The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps blood that it can squirt blood 9.1 meters (30 feet).
  • 2005-02-16: If you took all of the DNA in your body, unwrapped it, and laid it out length-wise, it would reach to the moon and back.
  • 2005-02-04: If you farted constantly for 6 years and 9 months, you would have produced enough gas to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
  • 2005-01-12: In 6.4 sq. cm (1 sq. inch) of human skin, there are 21.9 m (72 feet) of nerves.
  • 2004-12-10: If the hair on an average person's head was woven into a rope, it would be capable of supporting over 10.8 metric tons (12 tons).
  • 2004-12-10: Humans have 639 muscles.
  • 2004-12-08: Americans use over 14.5 metric tons (16,000 U.S. tons) of aspirin each year.
  • 2004-12-08: 70%-90% of the dust in your house is from shed skin cells.
  • 2004-12-07: The surface area of the lungs in an adult human is about 75 sq m (90 sq yd). By comparison, the surface area of the skin is only about 1.6 sq m (2 sq yd).
  • 2004-12-06: Fingernails have a life span of three to six months. That's approximately how long it takes them to grow from base to tip, progressing at the pace of 3.8 cm (1.5 in) per year.
  • 2004-12-06: Between the time of death and the onset of rigor mortis in a human body, the contraction of muscles can cause the body to turn over on its side.
  • 2004-11-05: The American Robin is not actually a robin – it is a thrush.
  • 2004-11-03: About 12.9% of men and 9.9% of women are left-handed.
  • 2004-10-21: The eardrum (tympanic membrane) is only 0.1 mm thick and weighs only 14 mg.
  • 2004-10-21: About 4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease. The annual cost of caring for these people is estimated to be $90 billion. That's $22,500 per person on average.
  • 2004-10-21: The human cerebral cortex has an area of about 0.23 cm2 (2.5 ft2).
  • 2004-10-21: There are approximately 25 billion neurons in the human cerebral cortex.
  • 2004-10-21: The human cerebral cortex is interconnected by over 100,000 km (60,000 mi) of axons.
  • 2004-10-21: The human cerebral cortex contains 300 trillion synapses.
  • 2004-10-20: There are about 1.2 million nerve fibers in each human optic nerve.
  • 2004-10-20: The human eyeball is 24.5 mm (~1 in) long.
  • 2004-10-20: Approximately half of the U.S. Population is nearsighted.
  • 2004-10-19: The corpus callosum, which is the fiber that connects the right and left hemispheres of your brain, contains more than 300 million axons.
  • 2004-10-18: The average human cerebellum weighs 150 g (5.3 oz).
  • 2004-10-18: Einstein's brain weighed 1,230 g. That's about 170 g lighter than the average weight for a human brain.
  • 2004-10-18: The human hypothalamus weighs about 4 g.
  • 2004-10-18: A human spinal cord weighs about 35 g (1.2 oz)
  • 2004-10-13: Epilepsy affects about 2.5 million people in the U.S.
  • 2004-10-13: Sounds as loud as 130 dB can cause pain. Listening to sounds louder than 90 dB for an extended period of time can cause hearing damage. The loudness of normal speech is between 50 and 60 dB.
  • 2004-10-11: The average human brain has about 100 billion neurons.
  • 2004-10-07: People can distinguish between 3,000 and 10,000 different smells.
  • 2004-10-07: Schizophrenia affects about 1 out of 100 people.
  • 2004-10-06: Most people dream about 5 times in each 8-hour period of sleep. Based on this number, people have about 1,825 dreams every year.
  • 2004-10-06: The average yawn lasts about 6 seconds.
  • 2004-10-06: The distance separating two neurons at a synapse is 20-40 nanometers (billionths of a meter).
  • 2004-10-05: Neurological illnesses affect over 50 million Americans each year.
  • 2004-10-05: If people sleep 8 hours a day, that is the equivalent of 20 seconds each minute or 122 days per year.
  • 2004-10-04: Strokes ("brain attack") is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.
  • 2004-10-04: Information travels in the nerves at speeds up to 439 kph (268 mph).
  • 2004-09-30: The average length of an adult human spinal cord is 45 cm (17 ¾ in) for men and 43 cm (17 in) for women.
  • 2004-09-30: The skin of an adult human covers about 2 m2 (18-20 ft2) and weighs about 2.7 kg (6 lb).
  • 2004-09-30: 400-500 ml (13.5 - 17 oz) of cerebrospinal fluid is produced daily.
  • 2004-09-30: Some of the oldest cells in the human body are neurons – they last a lifetime.
  • 2004-09-29: There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the human brain.
  • 2004-09-29: Females have 500 more genes than males, and because of this fact, they are protected from things like color blindness, baldness, and hemophilia. For women to develop diseases like these, both parents must be carriers or have the disease.
  • 2004-09-29: The average human body contains enough iron to make a 3 inch nail strong enough that the person could suspend from it.
  • 2004-09-29: The average human body contains enough sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog.
  • 2004-09-29: The average human body contains enough carbon to make 900 pencils.
  • 2004-09-29: The average human body contains enough potassium to fire a toy cannon.
  • 2004-09-29: The average human body contains enough fat to make 7 bars of soap.
  • 2004-09-29: The average human body contains enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads.
  • 2004-09-29: The average human body contains enough water to fill a ten-gallon tank.
  • 2004-09-27: The average human blinks 12 times a minute. Assuming they are awake for 16 hours a day, that's about 11,500 times each day, and about 4.2 million times a year.
  • 2004-08-17: The most sensitive parts of the body are the mouth and fingertips.
  • 2004-08-17: The eye can make movements 50 times a second.
  • 2004-08-16: Your pupil (the black part of your eye) expands up to 45% when looking at something pleasing.
  • 2004-07-01: Men can read smaller print than women.
  • 2004-07-01: Women can hear better than men.
  • 2004-07-01: Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • 2004-05-12: The hyoid bone is the only truly floating bone in the body.
  • 2004-05-07: 81% of women 40 to 44 years old are mothers.
  • 2004-05-07: A woman will be about 24.8 when she gives birth for the first time.
  • 2004-05-07: There is a 1 in 33 chance of having twins.
  • 2004-05-05: About half of all Americans are on a diet for any given day.
  • 2004-05-04: The average American walks 18,000 steps a day.
  • 2004-04-28: About 18% of pet owners share their beds with their pets.
  • 2004-04-26: The average person shares his/her birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.
  • 2004-04-26: The average person makes about 1,140 telephone calls each year.
  • 2004-04-26: The average person spends about 2 years on the telephone.
  • 2004-04-26: The average American eats 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.
  • 2004-04-26: The average person walks about 4 miles each year making their bed.
  • 2004-04-22: In one day, an average human inhales up to 17,000 pints of air. In the city, this equates to about 20 billion particles of foreign matter including dirt, dust, and chemicals.
  • 2004-04-21: A girl will try on 23 prom dresses on average.
  • 2004-04-20: According to industry experts, the average person uses about 100 gallons of water each day for personal use.
  • 2004-04-05: It has been claimed that hand dominance can be determined by a person's thumbnails. The larger and "squarer" thumbnail is said to likely be your dominant hand.
  • 2004-03-25: The average person spends 2 weeks over his/her lifetime waiting for a traffic light to change.
  • 2004-03-23: The life span of a taste bud is 10 days.
  • 2004-03-23: The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.
  • 2004-03-23: On average, 7.3 hectares (18 acres) of pizza are consumed daily by Americans.
  • 2004-03-16: The average person swallows two cups of saliva each day.
  • 2004-03-16: Your stomach weighs 12 ounces when empty.
  • 2004-03-02: Your stomach continually produces mucus to sustain a layer that is about 1 mm thick, otherwise it will digest itself.
  • 2004-02-11: Your ears and nose never stop growing.
  • 2004-02-11: Your eyes do grow, although very slowly. A baby's eyes are 2/3 the size of an adult's eyes.
  • 2004-02-10: Your only organ that regenerates is your liver. It only regenerates if it is damaged, like if a portion is surgically removed.
  • 2004-02-09: The average human brain weighs about 1497 g (3.3 lbs) and that is about 2.1% of a human's total body weight.
  • 2004-02-09: 1/4 of the bones in your body are in your feet.
  • 2004-01-28: The average woman consumes 6 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. That's 96 tubes.
  • 2004-01-28: 55% of women apply lipstick daily.
  • 2004-01-28: The average woman uses 5 tubes of lipstick a year.
  • 2004-01-28: Between 75% and 85% of women wear lipstick.
  • 2004-01-14: On average, a human will spend two weeks kissing in his/her lifetime.
  • 2004-01-05: Children grow faster in the spring.
  • 2003-12-01: The human body is approximately 66% water.
  • 2003-12-01: The average human brain is 85% water.
  • 2003-11-14: The average human bladder can hold 250-300 milliliters before feeling full, but can actually hold nearly twice this amount.
  • 2003-11-11: Your tongue is the fastest healing part of your body.
  • 2003-11-07: It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  • 2003-11-07: 85% of people can curl their tongue into a "U" shape. It is a genetic trait.
  • 2003-11-06: A sneeze can reach speeds of 160 kph (100 mph).
  • 2003-11-05: The width of your arm span is equal to your height.
  • 2003-11-04: The smallest bone in the body is in your ear and is called the stirrup bone (stapes). It is only 0.25 to 0.33 cm long (0.10 to 0.13 in) and weighs only 1.98 to 4.3 mg.
  • 2003-11-04: There are about 9,000 taste buds on your tongue.
  • 2003-11-03: The ridges on your fingers, besides leaving fingerprints on everything, provide traction so you can pick things up.
  • 2003-10-22: 11% of people are left-handed.
  • 2003-10-17: Ten grams of caffine, or about 100 cups of coffee, over 4 hours is lethal to an average human.
  • 2003-10-17: The average child will eat 1500 peanut butter sandwiches by high school graduation.
  • 2003-09-25: The average human loses an average of 40-100 strands of hair a day.
  • 2003-09-25: The average human uses the bathroom about 6 times per day.
  • 2003-09-25: Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our body.
  • 2003-09-25: Blonds have more hair than dark-haired people.
  • 2003-09-25: Your small intestines are 20-22 feet long.
  • 2003-09-25: The average human drinks about 13,000-16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime.
  • 2003-09-25: The average person releases about a pint of intestinal gas by flatulence every day. Most is due to swallowed air.
  • 2003-09-25: The average human has about 100,000 hairs on their head.
  • 2003-09-25: Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
  • 2003-09-25: 300,000,000 cells die in your body every minute.
  • 2003-09-25: The average human head weighs 8 pounds.
  • 2003-09-24: The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes.
  • 2003-09-23: The average person, when cremated, weighs 9 pounds.
  • 2003-09-22: The average person laughs 15 times per day.
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