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Here's 16 Facts About Your Body, So Prepare To Be Creeped Out

Diply 19 Oct 2017

Our bodies are weird, amazing, complex, and sometimes inexplicable things. Even if you don't ever do any in-depth study of anatomy, you should know a few things about the skin your wear and everything underneath. But there's so much to know! So here's a start.

1. Your mouth produces 2 to 4 pints of saliva in a day.

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And yes, you actually do produce more in anticipation of a tasty treat — it helps you chew, swallow, and digest your meal.

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2. Your foot is the exact same length as your forearm. 

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Leonardo Da Vinci noticed this weird bodily proportion, among many others. Hey, just as long as they don't smell the same, amirite?

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3. Da Vinci also noted that "the length of a man's outspread arms is equal to his height."

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Unless you happen to be Michael Phelps, whose arms stretch out three inches longer than his height.

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4. Speaking of stretching, if you stretched out all the blood vessels in your body, they would wrap around the planet — about four times.

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In an adult's body, there are about 100,000 miles of veins and arteries and capillaries, and the Earth is a shade under 25,000 miles around.

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5. You could fill a big soup can with all the bacteria in your body.

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We all carry between three and five pounds of bacteria around with us every day — both good and bad bacteria.

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6. Your brain can store as much information as the entire internet.

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And it does that with about the same amount of energy it takes to run a dim light bulb!

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7. About a quarter of the energy you spend every day goes to running your brain.

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Which seems high for one organ — but then, the brain isn't just any other organ.

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8. Babies have more bones than adults do — about 100 more.

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As we grow, all those extra bones fuse together to form single bones, and we end up with 206 bones in all, if everything goes according to plan.

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9. Your eye has the same resolution as a 576 megapixel camera.

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Mind you, the best you can buy on the market today is about 50 megapixels — the largest in development is 3.2 _giga_pixels, and it will be the size of a small car.

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10. Some people can hear their eyeballs moving.

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A rare inner ear disorder called "superior canal dehiscence syndrome" amplifies the sounds of the body, right down to the movement of the eyes.

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11. The blood in your body travels about 12,000 miles every day.

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You could drive from New York to LA and back — twice — and still clock fewer miles on your ride.

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12. The sense of touch travels at a speed of more than 150 mph.

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When you step on a piece of Lego, the pain signal rockets to your brain. Afterward, the motor neuron that tells your foot to pull away sends its signal at more than 200 mph!

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13. Your fingernails grow faster on the hand you write with.

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Your fingernails also grow much faster than your toenails — about three to four times faster — and they grow faster in the summer than they do in the winter.

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14. Half of your hand strength comes from your pinky finger.

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It does a whole lot more than just stick out at fancy tea parties — along with the ring finger, it's the source of your hand's power.

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15. Taking a step uses 200 muscles.

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That's almost a third of your body's 650 muscles, just to propel yourself one, single step, and you do it without even thinking about it.

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16. Like your fingerprints, your tongue has its own, unique pattern.

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Which is not to say the police will ever need to ink your tongue. And you probably won't lick your phone to unlock it anytime soon.

Isn't the body weird and amazing? Share these strange facts today!

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