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10 CRAZY FACTS ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY
Friday, April 24, 2015 10:08:42 AM Africa/Lagos
Nature is strange. So strange that it has created humans who can now study nature and figure out the bizarre things that it consists of. While some discoveries lead to new treatments for diseases, some just tingle our curiosity. Here are some bizarre facts about the human body that you may not be aware of.
Small intestines is the largest internal organ in your body
Even though it is called small, small intestine is the largest internal organ in your body. In fact, they are so long that if you stretch them from end to end, they’ll be the same length as four average sized adults combined.
You were once just a single cell
Seems strange, right? However, it is true. Every fertilized egg requires at least half an hour in order to multiply. Yes, even great men like Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein were once just a single cell!
You are taller in the morning, than in the evening
The daily activities of life like standing, walking and sitting compress our cartilages by 1 cm. So, the next time someone asks you for your height, play a prank and say, ‘My morning height or evening height?
We are the only ones who can cry for emotional reasons
Even though, animals can form emotional bonds and be loyal, crying due to emotion is something that only we can do. In fact, crying is one of the first things many babies do after they are born and if Shakespeare is to be believed it is because we somewhere know that we have now made entry into a stage with fools.
The more you dream, the higher your IQ
Do people often call you absent minded and lost? Don’t take offence, because it’s actually a veiled compliment. Scientists say that the more you dream, the higher your IQ is. (Read: Why do we feel sleepy in the afternoon?)
Your stomach lining reddens when you blush
Everybody knows that our cheeks redden a bit, whenever we blush but did you know that your stomach lining gives your cheek some company and reddens too. Certain chemicals produced in your stomach when you blush are responsible for this.
We are born with 300 bones, but end up with just 206
Yes, as we age our bones join together and thus the total number of bones diminishes. We are born with 300, and end up with just 206.
Your hearing decreases when you overeat
Overeating is not healthy at all, and people know that it can lead to obesity, make you feel sleepier, etc. However, one of the lesser known side-effects of overeating is that it diminishes your hearing.
Female egg is the largest cell in human body, while male sperm is the smallest
Surprisingly, the two cells that are required for the human race to go on, are the biggest and the smallest cells in the human body. The ovum or the female egg is the largest cell in the human body measuring 120 micrometre in diameter. The male sperm on the other hand is the smallest and with 15 million sperms per millilitre considered normal, it is no surprise that it’s the smallest.
A 3-inch nail could be made from all the iron that is present in your blood
Even though it isn’t encouraged, if you took out all the iron from your blood, a nail measuring 3 inches could be formed. Maybe not enough for you to boast about being an iron man, but you can at least say that you are made of metal.