Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fun Facts

Things you might or might not know about:

  • Did you know that there are 206 bones in the adult human body and there are 300 in children (as they grow some of the bones fuse together).
  • 5 years ago: The first successful cloning of human embryo.
  • Most people blink about 17,000 times a day.
  • The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.
  • It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.
  • 40 to 50 percent of body heat can be lost through the head as a result of its extensive circulatory network.
  • In your lifetime, you'll shed over 40 pounds of skin.
  • 15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.
  • Every minute, 30-40,000 dead skin cells fall from your body.
  • The brain uses more than 25% of the oxygen used by the human body.
  • If your mouth was completely dry, you would not be able to distinguish the taste of anything.
  • Only humans sleep on their backs.
  • Everyone's tongue print is different.
  • The average person has 100,000 hairs on his/her head. Each hair grows about 5 inches (12.7 cm) every year.
  • A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h!
  • Hummingbirds can't walk.
  • Despite the hump, a camel’s spine is straight.
  • Cheetah's can accelerate from 0 to 70 km/h in 3 seconds.
  • A cockroach can live for several weeks without its head.
  • Ants do not sleep.
  • Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over 1 million descendent's.
  • An Astronaut can be up to 2 inches taller returning from space. The cartilage disks in the spine expand in the absence of gravity.
  • The cosmos contains approximately 50,000,000,000 galaxies.
  • There are between 100,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000,000 stars in a normal galaxy.
  • The hottest planet in the solar system is Venus, with an estimated surface temperature of 864 F (462 C).
  • Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
  • On average, Elephants sleep for about 2 hours per day.
  • Lobsters have blue blood.
  • Shark's teeth are literally as hard as steel.
  • A mosquito has 47 teeth.
  • The only letter not appearing on the Periodic Table is the letter “J”.
  • October 10 is National Metric Day.
  • Ten minutes of one hurricane contains enough energy to match the nuclear stockpiles of the world.
  • A stroke of lightning discharges from 10 to 100 million volts & 30,000 amperes of electricity.
  • A bolt of lightning is about 54,000°F (30,000°C); six times hotter than the Sun.
  • The temperature can be determined by counting the number of cricket chirps in fourteen seconds and adding 40
  • The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache on a standard playing card.
  • By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
  • The average ocean floor is 12,000 feet.
  • Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.
  • Every year in the US, 625 people are struck by lightning.
  • The United States consumes 25% of all the world’s energy.
  • The largest cave in the world (the Sarawak Chamber in Malaysia) is 2,300 feet (701 meters) long, 980 feet (299 meters) wide, and more than 230 feet (70 meters) high.

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