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Old 09 August 2007, 04:16 AM
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" ***Interesting Human Body Facts***

Some very interesting stuff here---

- A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

- It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

- One human hair can support 3 kg.

- Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

- The attachment of human muscles to skin is what causes dimples.

-Your thumb is the same length of your nose.

- A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

- If the average male never shaved, his beard would be 13 feet long when he died.

- Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.

- There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

- Side by side, 2000 cells from the human body could cover about one square inch.

- Women blink twice as much as men.

- The average person's skin weighs twice as much as their brain.

- When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate,

They do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

- It takes twice as long to lose new muscle if you stop working out than it did to gain it.

- You're ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren't.

- Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

- If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

- The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man. "

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Old 09 August 2007, 05:56 AM
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For us Brits, what size is a softball?

And how many people are laying their thumb along their nose to check relateive size
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Old 09 August 2007, 06:03 AM
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For us Brits, what size is a softball?
Slightly bigger than a baseball.

I'd say about the size of an adult's fist? Roughly?
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Old 09 August 2007, 06:19 AM
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Slightly bigger than a baseball.
How does that compare to a cricket ball ?
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Old 09 August 2007, 07:04 AM
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- When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate,
The same effect can also be achieved by being concussed.
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Old 09 August 2007, 08:54 AM
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For us Brits, what size is a softball?
About 30cm in circumference.
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Old 09 August 2007, 09:34 AM
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If the average male never shaved, his beard would be 13 feet long when he died.
No, when it got to around 5 feet, he'll trip over his own beard and kill himslf falling down stairs.
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Old 09 August 2007, 04:25 PM
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For us Brits, what size is a softball?

And how many people are laying their thumb along their nose to check relateive size
Nose?!?...uh

Well, my thumb's longer than my nose.
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Old 09 August 2007, 04:33 PM
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Nose?!?...uh

Well, my thumb's longer than my nose.
Same here.

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If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
If I put a penny in my mouth, I can taste the copper. Is the saliva dissolving the copper in the penny?
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Old 09 August 2007, 04:59 PM
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Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.
But liquor puts hair on your chest, so it all evens out.
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Old 09 August 2007, 05:21 PM
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I numbered them so I would not have to quote each one. Feel free to use my numbering as a reference.

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Some very interesting stuff here---

1- A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

2- It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

3- One human hair can support 3 kg.

4- Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

5- The attachment of human muscles to skin is what causes dimples.

6-Your thumb is the same length of your nose.

7- A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

8- If the average male never shaved, his beard would be 13 feet long when he died.

9- Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.

10- There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

11- Side by side, 2000 cells from the human body could cover about one square inch.

12- Women blink twice as much as men.

13- The average person's skin weighs twice as much as their brain.

14- When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate,

They do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

15- It takes twice as long to lose new muscle if you stop working out than it did to gain it.

16- You're ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren't.

17- Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

18- If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

19- The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man. "
1. Approximately. Why is that interesting?

2. That's probably about right too.

3. Were talking tesile strength here. If you tied 3kg to a hair on your head. it would fall out. But the hair itself, maybe. See [http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1600-0846.2007.00268.x?cookieSet=1]here[/url] for the properties of hair (you need to do the calculations yourself.)

4. Again, it is a load per square inch thing. Probably true for peopel without osteopenia or osteoporosis.

5- Dunno

6. Nonsense. Any time you hear "your X is the exact size as your Y" is nonsense. Now, most people's thumb is approximately the same size as their nose, in that both are in the ballpark of 2-3 inches in adults. Your hand wrist to fingertips is about the size of your chest sternum to side. But none of these are exact and there is no magic symmetry (sorry Leonardo.)

7. On average, the heart rate of females is higher than males.

8. This is probably a rate of growth in adulthood times average lifespan thing repackaged as a fun fact, but hair coils and contracts and knots and breaks and all those good things when is is long, so no way to say that this would in fact be correct.

9. Dunno. Sounds like a specific association repackaged in to a generalization.

10.

11. It would depend on the cell type, but not even close. Many human cells are apprximately 20 micrometers by 10 micrometers, so 200 square micrometers. A square inch is ~6.5 square centimeters = 6.5 x 10^8 square micrometers. So you would need 3 million cells for a square inch.

12. Dunno

13. Maybe.

14. and anything surprising, frieghtening, emotional, stressful, etc.

15. Maybe

16. The cells that secrete cerumen (ear wax) are not innervated by the sympathetic nervous system, but they do react to catecholamines (e.g. "adrenaline.") So is the criculating adrenaline is high. such as with stress, this could happen.

17. Depends on how you define indiviual muscles and muscle groups, but you could come up with this number.

18. I have to think about this one. The metal taste is more of an electrochemical reaction.

19. Yep. That is median- the 50th percentile for a 20 year old woman is approximately 5'4 1/4", for a man 5'9 1/2". That one is novel?
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Old 09 August 2007, 05:22 PM
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For us Brits, what size is a softball?
Here's a pic of a girl holding one.
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