If you think that humans are just average, think again. We may not be super-humans; yet, within the human body, there are amazing things going on every moment.
Let us run through some factoids to rediscover them:
- The average human body contains enough sulphur to kill all fleas, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, enough phosphorus to make 2,200 match heads, and enough water to fill a ten gallon tank.
- We are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood, we only have 206.
- ur eyes are always the same size from birth. Actually we do not see with our eyes – we see with our brains. The eyes are the cameras of the brain. One-quarter of the brain is used to control the eyes.
- Our heart beats 101,000 times a day. During your lifetime it will beat about 3 billion times and pump about 400 million litres (800 million pints) of blood.
- Our mouth produces 1 litre (1.8 pints) of saliva a day.
- On an average, you breathe 23,000 times a day.
- A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.
- Approximately two-thirds of a person’s body weight is water. Blood is 92 per cent water. The brain and muscles are 75 per cent water. If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1 per cent, you’ll feel thirsty.
- The muscle that lets our eye blink is the fastest muscle in our body. It allows us to blink 5 times a second. On average, you blink 15,000 times a day.
- The liver is the largest of the body’s internal organs. The skin is the body’s largest organ.
- The bones in our body are not white – they range in colour from beige to light brown. The bones we see in museums are white because they have been boiled and cleaned.
Well, who needs a Superman?