12 Facts That Reveal How Special Your Body Can Be
The human body possesses a lot of secrets. And we believe most of them haven’t been explained or even discovered yet. Fortunately, the world of modern medicine has managed to find answers to some tricky questions and shares its breakthroughs with us.
Bright Side presents 12 unusual facts about your body that you might’ve not even thought about.
12. One human can feed a million mosquitos.
A human’s body has enough blood to feed on 1.2 — 1.8 million mosquitos. One mosquito drinks about 0.003 ml of blood over the course of one bite, therefore, a whole army of tiny bloodsuckers would be needed in order to suck out all the blood of a human.
11. Men’s breasts can produce milk.
All humans, regardless of gender, have milk glands, milk ducts, and nipples. Men’s nipples can be stimulated to produce milk. This can also happen due to a hormonal imbalance caused by severe stress.
10. A woman is able to give birth to over 40 children.
Due to their genetic background, some women are capable of giving birth to and raising several dozen children. The official record is held by a Russian woman who allegedly bore 69 kids in the 18th century.
9. Facial hair is the fastest growing hair on your body.
If you ever ask the male population about this, they will agree that they have to “face this fact” every day when they have to shave. It’s probably good that a lot of women find bearded guys attractive, right?
8. Female fingerprints are 99% different from male ones.
Female skin secretes twice as many amino acids as male skin and distributes it over the fingers differently. That’s why scientists can just look at a fingerprint to find out the sex of a person.
7. The way we put our hands together tells us what our leading brain hemisphere is.
Right finger on top means that the right hemisphere is dominant; left finger on top proves that the left hemisphere is more active in your body. The right hemisphere is responsible for emotions and imagination. The left hemisphere is responsible for analytical and logical thinking.
1% of people would put their fingers parallel to each other. These people are called ambidextrous. Scientists have suggested that for ambidextrous people there is no dominant brain hemisphere. In this case, both of them are equally developed.
6. The liquid that runs out of your nose can be from your brain.
The liquid leaking through your nose can be your brain fluid. Brain fluid is located around your brain and held in by a special membrane. Sometimes it can leak through your nose in small quantities as a clear liquid.
5. You’re more unique than you actually think.
You’re absolutely unique and not just when it comes to your fingerprints. The shape of your ear is also unique. The tongue also has a unique shape and texture. In contrast to our fingerprints, this “pattern” never changes.
4. Women live longer.
The female immune system copes better with both internal and external threats, and its cells age more slowly, thus working more efficiently. That’s why women live to old age more often and get sick less often than men.
3. The female heart beats faster.
Canadian scientists revealed that the female heart runs faster, at about 1.7 — 2.3 hours ahead of the male heart. It beats a total of about 10 beats more per minute.
2. Your liver has over 500 functions.
Talk about busy bees — our livers do everything from filtering blood, to breaking down and absorbing fats, to processing cholesterol and some vitamins, and a ton more!
1. People lie more convincingly when they have to go to the bathroom.
People with a full bladder lie more convincingly. A strong desire to go to the bathroom makes a person concentrate on self-control and therefore, telling lies becomes more convincing. Moreover, they try to avoid any extra movements.
Which fact surprises you the most? Are you afraid of mosquitos now?
Illustrated by Natalia Tylosova and Leisan Gabidullina for BrightSide.me