The human body is an incredible thing and it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what color your skin is. We may look different on the outside, but the same things are happening on and under our skin.
For example, we all have a colony of mites living on your face at this very moment? Or that your large backside is actually good for your health? Do you have any clue just how many train cars worth of blood the body pumps in your lifetime? Some of these facts are a little gross, others astonishing, but all 30 of them are evidence of just how incredible homo sapiens truly are.
We have a lot more in common than you might have realized.
1. The human body contains enough iron to make a three-inch long metal nail.
2. Feeling stressed or anxious? Calming music is said to lower heart rate and decrease tension, while upbeat music speeds pulse up.
3. The heart has its very own electrical system, which allows it to continue beating after it’s been removed from the body. As long as there’s an oxygen supply, it will keep pumping.
4. On an average day, the heart produces enough energy to power a truck for 20 miles.
5. Sweat stinks, right? Wrong. Body odor occurs when sweat mixes with bacteria already living on your skin.
6. If your eye was a digital camera, it would boast 576 megapixels – that translates to roughly $3,000 of Canon equipment.
7. There are over 200 bones in your body – and ¼ of those are in your feet! Foot bones that are not properly aligned can have detrimental effects to the rest of the body.
8. Female hearts beat faster than males, despite being smaller in size. While an average woman’s heart weighs around 118 grams, a man’s can weigh up to 60 grams more.
9. In your lifetime, you’ll produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.
10. Did you know that at this very moment you’re shedding? Adult humans shed up to 600,000 particles of skin every hour, or 1.5 pounds per year. And we thought our dogs were bad.
11. You know that moment in cartoons when someone gets an idea and a light bulb appears over their head? Turns out, that’s not so far-fetched after all. When awake, an adult brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb.
12. The human nose can remember up to 50,000 scents. Just hearing phrases like “new car,” “bookstore,” or “grandma’s house” can awaken your memory.
13. Average adults excrete up to 1.42 liters of urine per day.
14. Tiny mites known as demodex live in the hair follicles of our eyelashes, eyebrows, and nose hairs. They don’t like light, but when it’s dark, they leave the follicles to explore the skin of your face. I know, I know, it sounds like a bad science fiction movie, but these little guys are super important – they eat dead skin cells and oil and help keep you blemish-free. Thanks, demodex!
15. The strongest muscle in the body is the masseter, otherwise known as the jaw muscle.