With all that is known about the human body, it seems that more remains to be discovered. Some facts, once thought to be true have been proven wrong over the years. Stranger still; however, are those facts that have been proven true. Let’s take a look:
There is a specific type of organism – – the maw worm – – that can grow inside the human body. It sometimes reaches a length of as much as 12 inches. Stranger than that; however, is the fact that once it has reached maturity, it often seeks a way to escape. It finds its way out through the various holes in the human body.
Every human being experiences daily hair loss. While the average may be around 50 to 100 strands a day, people who are ill or advanced in age may experience twice that amount. That equals between 37,500 and 75,000 strands of hair lost each year.
The normal bacteria living within the human body is thought to equal about two tablespoons if it could be measured. However, there is even more bacteria living on the body externally.
While many think that food and water are the most crucial aspects of living, the truth is the body can’t live without sleep as long as it can live without food. About 10 to 14 days without sleep will kill the average human.
The wealthy of some countries once paid poor people to donate their teeth to them. They were pulled and then transplanted into the rich person’s mouth.
The longest body organ is the intestine, which is roughly 20 feet in length.
Healthy urine contains no bacteria, which is why stranded people can drink it to stay alive when water isn’t available.
The brain is made up mostly of water.
If gas is a real problem, there are certain foods one should stay away from. Some of the most common include beans, bran, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. However, every individual’s body also responds to foods in different ways so there may be additional things added to this list.
The average human sheds about one and one-half pounds of skin every year. That equates to more than one-half million cells every 60 minutes.
More than one billion people have hookworm infestations. Added together, these parasites imbibe more than 10 million quarts of human blood every 24 hours.
It takes nearly three times the amount of muscles to frown that it does to smile.
Mites, which are related to arachnids, live in the hair of the human body.
Some physicians and scientists agree that one is less likely to catch a virus by kissing than by shaking hands. That is especially true for the common cold.
Brain surgery is done with patients awake because the organ doesn’t feel pain.
More and more people are keeping, drying and storing the umbilical cords of their children after birth. It is believed that the stem cells contained therein could hold the cure for untold diseases.
Some believe the higher the IQ, the more dreams a person will have.
The average human can produce enough urine in their lifetime to fill a swimming pool.
The human brain is capable of storing a lifetime of information, memories, etc. It truth, it is more powerful than any computer. We just never use it to its full capacity. However, certain people like actress Marilu Henner, have the capability to recall any moment in their lives by time and date; down to the smallest detail.
Lice have the ability to change their color so that they can’t be easily detected, no matter the color of the hair.
Newborn babies don’t recognize their parents by sight, but by their scent.
Egyptians removed the brains of their dead by inserting a long metal rod through the nose. The hook of the implement impaled the organ, which was then pulled out through the nasal cavity.
When adrenaline is activated in the body, it really can give a person incredible strength. There are recorded instances of tiny women and even children moving heavy objects in crisis situations.
Some cultures consider it impolite not to burp after eating a good meal.
In ancient times, urine was used to clean teeth and remove the bacteria of bad breath. It was taken like we use a mouthwash today.
1001 Horrible Facts by Anne Ronney of Arcturus Publishing Limited, 2010