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110 Fascinating Body Facts

  1. A single blood cell in your body travels a long way during a lifetime – a distance of more than 2 1/2 times around the earth.
  2. The total surface area of your lungs is approximately 70 square meters – roughly the same size as a singles badminton court.
  3. Just in the course of reading this sentence your body will have made several meters of new DNA.
  4. You shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour – about 0.7kg a year. By 70 years of age, you will have lost almost 50kg of skin.
  5. You shed and regrow your outer skin cells about every 27 days – almost 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.
  6. Each square inch of your skin consists of over 6 meters of blood vessels.
  7. More than 10% of all your sensory nerves are either in your lips or in your fingertips.
  8. 10% of your dry weight comes from bacteria.
  9. 11% of the world is left-handed.
  10. 25% of your bones are in your feet.
  11. You will die from lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks.
  12. Your scalp has about 100,000 hairs.
  13. All the chemicals in your body combined are estimated to be worth about US$8.40.
  14. When you cough you release an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 100km/hr (60mph).
  15. You use 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
  16. On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2,000.
  17. The largest cell in the human body is the female reproductive cell, the ovum. The smallest is the male sperm.
  18. There are 72,000 meters of nerves in your skin.
  19. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.
  20. Your brain is about 85% water.
  21. After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper – it will probably appear pink.
  22. Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.
  23. One in every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth.
  24. The average human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.
  25. The Neanderthal’s brain was larger than yours is.
  26. There are 96,000 kilometers of blood vessels in your body, that’s enough to wrap around the earth almost two and a half times.
  27. Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day.
  28. You produce over 23,000 liters of spit in a lifetime, enough to fill two swimming pools.
  29. Every person has a unique tongue print.
  30. An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.
  31. Your body requires about 40 kilograms of oxygen every day.
  32. The aorta, which is the largest artery in your body, is about the diameter of a garden hose.
  33. A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip.
  34. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood you have only 206 in your body.
  35. Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming one tenth of a calorie.
  36. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
  37. The ashes of the average cremated person weigh 4.1 kilograms.
  38. Lab tests can detect traces of alcohol in your urine 6 to 12 hours after you have stopped drinking.
  39. If it were removed from your body, your small intestine would stretch to a length of 6.7 meters.
  40. If you were locked in a completely sealed room, you would die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you died of oxygen deprivation.
  41. Your sneeze can exceed a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
  42. If you go blind in one eye, you’ll only lose about one-fifth of your vision, but all of your depth perception.
  43. The average human body contains enough iron to make a 3 inch nail.
  44. The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest, Type A-H, has been found in less than a dozen people since the type was discovered.
  45. Three-hundred-million cells die in your body every minute.
  46. It takes about 175,000 sperm cells to weigh as much as one single egg cell.
  47. In a lifetime the average US resident eats more than 45 tonnes of food and drinks more than 50,000 liters of liquid.
  48. In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.
  49. Blood-sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide.
  50. You lose an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.
  51. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.
  52. Humans have 46 chromosomes, peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.
  53. Your jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of force to bring the back teeth together for chewing.
  54. Pregnancy in humans lasts on average about 270 days (from conception to birth).
  55. Your body has over 600 muscles, 40% of your body’s weight.
  56. Your largest organ is your skin, with a surface area of about 25 square feet.
  57. The only bone in your body not connected to another is your hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of your tongue between your mandible and voice box. Its function is to support your tongue and its muscles.
  58. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens your immune system.
  59. Your body contains enough sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog.
  60. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  61. A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.
  62. A scientist who weighed people immediately before and after death concluded that the human soul weighs 21 grams.
  63. An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of your body.
  64. By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.
  65. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
  66. The average person releases nearly a pint of intestinal gas by flatulence every day. Most is due to swallowed air. The rest is from fermentation of undigested food.
  67. The average human body contains enough carbon to make 900 pencils.
  68. Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.
  69. According to German researchers, the risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week.
  70. By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat some two-and-a-half billion times.
  71. A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.
  72. An average human drinks over 60,000 liters of water in a lifetime.
  73. The average human body contains enough potassium to fire a toy cannon.
  74. The longest muscle in your body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of your thigh and helps rotate your leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged.
  75. The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
  76. The largest cell in the human body is the female ovum, or egg cell. It’s about one seventh of a millimeter in diameter. The smallest cell in the human body is the male sperm.
  77. Around 2,000 left-handed people die annually due to improper use of equipment designed only for right handed people.
  78. A human’s scent membrane in the nose is about the size of a postage stamp. A dog’s is about the size of a handkerchief. Its olfactory lobe is also 4 times that of a human.
  79. Your body produce about 70 kg of ATP (a molecule that stores energy, permitting you to do nearly everything your body does) each day.
  80. The average human body contains enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads.
  81. You produce 1.7 liters of saliva each day.
  82. Blood types in the US:
    O positive ~ 38.4%
    O negative ~ 7.7%
    A positive ~ 32.3%
    A negative ~ 6.5%
    B positive ~ 9.4%
    B negative ~ 1.7%
    AB positive ~ 3.2%
    AB negative ~ 0.7%
  83. A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.
  84. One human hair can support 3kg.
  85. Your thighbones are stronger than concrete.
  86. The attachment of human muscles to skin is what causes dimples.
  87. Women blink twice as much as men.
  88. It takes twice as long to lose new muscle if you stop working out than it did to gain it.
  89. Your ears secrete more earwax when you’re afraid than when you aren’t.
  90. The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man.
  91. Even though your brain processes pain signals, the brain itself does not actually feel pain.
  92. When you take a step, you are using up to 200 muscles.
  93. Compared to its size, your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body.
  94. It’s impossible to tickle yourself.
  95. Pound for pound, bone can be stronger than steel.
  96. Throughout the day, the cartilage between your bones is compressed, making you about 1cm shorter by day’s end.
  97. There are 250,000 sweat glands in each of your feet – they can produce almost half a liter of sweat a day.
  98. On a pound for pound basis, babies are stronger than oxen.
  99. When you eat too much food, it reduces your ability to hear.
  100. Despite its amazing computational power, your brain only requires about 10 watts of power to operate.
  101. Even though your brain only makes up 2% of your total body weight, it requires 20%of the oxygen and calories your body needs.
  102. Humans are the only creatures that shed emotional tears.
  103. Most babies are born with blue eyes, until melanin and exposure to ultraviolet light bring out their true color.
  104. Your brain is most active when you sleep.
  105. The muscles of your eyes move more than 100,000 times a day.
  106. Your body consists of over 600 muscles.
  107. An average human head weighs about 8 pounds.
  108. The length of the finger indicates how fast the nail grows. The nail of the middle finger grows faster than others.
  109. 15 million blood cells are destroyed in your body every second.
  110. The total weight of skin in an average human adult is 61 pounds (27.7kg).

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Gloria Kaneko is a lifetime 100% natural IFBB Figure athlete, certified gym instructor and personal trainer, and fitness model. She has also studied clinical psychology, is an NLP Master Practitioner, and has several certifications in Hypnotherapy and the Silva Method. Gloria is a co-owner and co-founder of Million Dollar Baby Fitness.

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  1. Wendy Zhao
    23 July, 2011

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  2. Regina M
    23 July, 2011

    Great Post I really enjoyed reading these

  3. Mara Mauricent
    26 July, 2011

    Thank you for sharing some good data.

  4. Tina Jersey
    26 July, 2011

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  5. Phyllis
    5 September, 2011

    Wow, really amazing points. Good read. Thanks!


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