17 Crazy Facts You Never Knew About Your Body

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Consider the human body for a moment . . . what a miracle! It performs amazing feats every day, surpassed by no machine. From sending signals rocketing through the brain at intense speeds to sustaining over 60,000 miles of blood vessels, the human body is truly phenomenal.

I’m not sure who “they” are, but THEY say:

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1. A sneeze can exceed 100 mph. (And who knows what it carries, so cover up!)

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2. You are actually a centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening.

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3. As a newborn baby, you had 300 bones. As an adult you have only 206.

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4. Your stomach acid can eat through metal. Hydrochloric acid is used in the industrial world to do just that. It’s a good thing your body creates a new stomach lining of mucous every few days or this acid would digest your stomach as well.

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5. Our hamstring muscles actually get the name from pigs: when butchers would smoke hams, they would hang the meat by the ropelike tendons.

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6. The average man will spend over 3,300 hours shaving over 25 feet of stubble in his life time.

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7. You have tiny mites living in your eyelashes.

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8. Your brain’s memory can store as many a quadrillion separate bits of information (that’s a million billion). This does not mean however, that you’ll remember where you put your keys.

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9. By age 70, you will have shed about 105 pounds of skin.

(I don’t even want to think about the weight of your scabs!)

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10. The pumping action of a human heart can squirt blood 30 feet.

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11. You blink about 20,000 times per day. That’s a lot of time with your eyes closed.

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12. You average 70,000 thoughts per day.Don’t you wish you had a penny for each one?

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13. An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

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(This time might increase if you have lots of hurdles in those veins.)

 

14. The average person cries 121 pints of tears in a lifetime.

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15. On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000.

(And yet she can still give you the silent treatment.)

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16. One in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth.

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17. The average human produces 25,000 quarts of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.

(Anyone else thinking of Olympian Mark Spitz?)

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