The Human Body is a 'Treasure Trove of Mysteries', one that still confounds Doctors and Scientists about the details of its working . It's not an overstatement to say that every part of your body is a miracle. Here are fifty facts about your body, some of which will leave you stunned . . . or . . .
1 . It's possible for your body to survive without a surprisingly large fraction of its internal organs. Even if you lose your stomach, your spleen, 75% of your liver, 80% of your intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from your pelvic and groin area, you wouldn't be very healthy, but you would live.
2 . During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools . Actually, Saliva is more important than you realize . If your saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
3 . The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. The egg is actually the only cell in the body that is visible by the naked eye.
4 . The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue and the hardest bone is the jawbone.
5 . Human feet have 52 bones, accounting for one quarter of all the human body's bones.
6 . Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.
7 . The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades. The reason it doesn't eat away at your stomach is that the cells of your stomach wall renew themselves so frequently that you get a new stomach lining every three to four days.
8 . The human lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometers (1,500 mi) of airways and 300 to 500 million hollow cavities, having a total surface area of about 70 square meters, roughly the same area as one side of a tennis court. Furthermore, if all of the capillaries that surround the lung cavities were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend for about 992 kilometers. Also, your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
9 . Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph, while coughs clock in at about 60 mph.
10 . Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.
11 . Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long.
12 . Earwax production is necessary for good ear health. It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects . It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal.
13 . Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren't.
14 . Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. This is why one out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born.
15 . A baby's head is one-quarter of its total length, but by the age of 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. This is because people's heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies.
16 . Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. Some of the bones, like skull bones, get fused into each other, bringing down the total number.
17 . It's not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time and manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else tickles you.
18 . Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly.
19 . Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. But if you are a woman, you are a better smeller than men, and will remain a better smeller throughout your life.
20 . The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.
21 . The three things pregnant women dream most of during their first trimester are frogs, worms and potted plants. Scientists have no idea why this is so, but attribute it to the growing imbalance of hormones in the body during pregnancy.
22 . The life span of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. But don't worry, you must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.
23 . The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as an encyclopedia. Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream, and is itself made up of 80% water. Though it interprets pain signals from the rest of the body, the brain itself cannot feel pain.
24 . The tooth is the only part of the human body that can't repair itself.
25 . Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing.
26 . By 60 years of age, 60% of men and 40% of women will snore.
27 . We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening, because during normal activities during the day, the cartilage in our knees and other areas slowly compress.
28 . The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb, even while you are sleeping. In fact, the brain is much more active at night than during the day.
29 . Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Neurons continue to grow throughout human life. Information travels at different speeds within different types of neurons.
30 . It is a fact that people who dream more often and more vividly, on an average have a higher Intelligence Quotient.
31 . The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.
32 . Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. This is true for men as well as women.
33 . There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee.
34 . A human fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.
35 . By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half their taste buds.
36 . About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home. But don't worry, a majority of these are harmless or even helpful bacteria.
37 . The colder the room you sleep in, the higher the chances are that you'll have a bad dream.
38 . Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin.
39 . Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute.
40 . Like fingerprints, every individual has an unique tongue print that can be used for identification.
41 . A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.
42 . It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
43 . Humans can make do longer without food than sleep. Provided there is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat and other factors. Sleep deprived people, however, start experiencing radical personality and psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days, at the end of which the experimenter was awake, but stumbled over words, hallucinated and frequently forgot what he was doing.
44 . The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest blood type, A-H or Bombay blood, due to the location of its discovery, has been found in less than hundred people since it was discovered.
45 . Every human spent about half an hour after being conceived, as a single cell. Shortly afterward, the cells begin rapidly dividing and begin forming the components of a tiny embryo.
46 . Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
47 . Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins, who smell the same.
48 . Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints.
49 . Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears.
50 . The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 ft. in the air.
I remember when I was a kid. Maybe older than 8, younger than a teen, so about a tween... My great grandmother, in her 80's along with my great grandfather, both Hungarian, lived up on this farm up in Stanley, WI. The same grandma that had the 3rd grade education, and the grandpa that came from Hungary, and was not versed in English. Anyway, they had this big farm house, and always had dogs. But, in their older ages, was not very good at keeping house, as their bedroom was on the main floor, the rest were upstairs, and I remember sneezing and coughing all night, due to the dust.
So one time, my sister and I slept out in the car. And I actually saw 3 red blinking dots, in a perfect triangle. I tried to rouse my sister, to let her know that there was some weird set of lights, and they quickly came down from the sky, and hovered. It was way too quiet for a chopper, and plus, they'd have more lights. I thought I was imagining it, but the skies were clear, with stars shining brightly! And all of a sudden, I heard Marvin Martian demanding "Prepare to be boarded"! I explained that this is just a car, that it's not a ship. It only rides on the ground with gas.
A huge tiredness waved over me, and I couldn't tell if I was dreaming or if it were for real... I went into a deep sleep. The next thing I knew, I was seeing crazy things... Here I was, at a track to see the horse races, but, here it comes, a strange little sighting!
What is this, anyway? The sheep races? And what's with the stuffed animal sheep jockeys anyway? Is it a herders' stampede? Ah, but then, it all makes sense. It's Irene, the sheep herder trying to make it back to the barn before the calm of the storm. It was soon to be dark and violent thunder.
My mind meanders away from there, and I am walking near the creek at the back of my great grandmother's farm, where the wheat or some other grain used to grow, probably to help feed the cows she once had... it wasn't a big creek, but, it was good for minnows, or something. With a subtle wind, it sounds as if the rippling creek was talking to the trees rustling. I turned my head, thinking I was being hailed... but it almost sounded if someone was singing "and ole man river, he just keeps rolling around"
I awake, in the front seat of the car. My sister is starting to wake up. It's a bright sunny morning and the ground is dry. I so wished that Jessica could see what a great day it was. I sit up and stretch, wondering how much of the night's events were real vs. dreaming... On the way to the outhouse, telling her what I dreamed. A faint but familiar sound of rippling waves and rustling tree leaves... I almost heard it, "show me that stream called the Jordan River"... My sister is sure I dreamed everything... Christopher would probably sing to me. But I'm sure I really saw the UFO...
Until next time, I'm probably going to have this song stuck in my head...
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As a home care worker, I got accustomed to visiting people in their homes, and watching the shows they like to watch. Of course, most of the older ladies absolutely LOVE the "I Love Lucy" show. As Barbara K will testify, we all fall onto the floor with uncontrolled laughter. It's because she not only shows us what's messed up about real life, sometimes, she's so dramatic about it. We can't help but to laugh with her on her adventures.
On the other hand though, Stormy Gail Dormire's gray cat, Clarice understands all too well that life is also serious, and we must do what we can to push forth what is right, because even cats say, "I'd rather regret the things that I've done, than the things I haven't done" Very wise cat, that Clarice.
Driving home from doing my home care job as an aide, I see someone wearing a pink skirt that resembled a girl scout, but of course not even girl scouts wear pink. This was Kismet, who was dancing energetically by a table stacked in front of a laundromat, selling cookies for the Breast Cancer Society. Good cause, and who doesn't like cookies? I stop and buy some.
So I eat a couple cookies on the way home, and I'm not sure if it was because my blood sugars spiked to high, I was hallucinating, or if the cookies were laced with some kind of psychedelic drug... Because, all of a sudden, I see this Pig in Boots, or is this some other Stomping Ground for one of the three Little Pigs who built one of those houses that got blown down by the big, bad wolf... But here is a strange sight.
But suddenly, I realized that this was hogwash because we all know when they roll in mud, that pigs squeal and that Christopher is a real ham with his pet pig, and we already know that Miss Piggy won't get turned into moo shoo pork anytime soon.
So I guess it wasn't a hallucination or my diabetes messing with me... I just can't believe what a porker I can be when it comes to cookies... Maybe I'll stop snacking on cookies when pigs fly or should I say march?
But you know, once I worked at a pumpkin farm giving tours to kids, and one of them asked me, "what's a hot dog you buy at Halloween"? I didn't know... but of course, the kid tells me it's a "Hallow weinie"! *forehead slap* Duh. Funny, coming from a kindergartener.
I was on my way to take a vacation with my family, and we decide to sight see in the pleasant town before we head to the airport. As we walk past the river, we come across a downed plane, and run into The David, who points out the plane in the park, stating that we need to put your nose to the grind to help everyone get to safety off of the plane in the water. The task is daunting, and I suggest a round of shots, calling out bottoms up!
As we get people to safety, and perform first aid on those who need it, the coast guard comes to deal with the wreckage. It was a stressful time, and our savage souls needed some soothing. Stormy Gail plays some 17th Century baroque music on her stereo. If I recall, it's Johan Sebastian Bach.
Before you know it, people are singing and dancing. A relief. Doris, rejoicing with us, says this is one singular sensation we are feeling, being comrades with perfect strangers, united by an event.
Even if the situation was at it's best, with no major injury or death, I was still disturbed by the fact that we are now late for our flight, and can't get a refund, with money paid out, and no vacation taken. Tyler, sensing my disturbed mood, shows me an old abandoned boat house to take refuge in, and I kept thinking about that plane, wondering if it had the engine that could.
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As a child, I was called 'kazenoko', a Japanese word for 'child of the wind'. I'd go outside, and even on windy days, whether to ride a bike, fly a kite, jump through puddles, I'd come back home with wind kissed cheeks. I'm also born under the sign of Aquarius, the water bearer. I don't know if these attribute to the fact that I love rain storms. Thunder and lighting with it all. I still park in the back lot, to walk the long way into the store, even if raindrops keep falling on my head, as Colleen sings, just like in that scene in the movie, you know the one.
Anyway, the cold rain hitting my skin, is exhilarating to the point that my blood cells flow quickly, straightthrough my blood vessels. Some people really think that I'm kind of a nut, sometimes, but, you know, I don't care. You have to live life. Irene would tell us that this type of gallivanting in the rain can make us sick, and no one wants germs running through their system.
Another pastime that I used to love, was baseball/softball. It was kind of neat to be on a team like that, because even in life, you can apply the concept of the game to everyday things. As social people, our friends are like different people on our team, because every friend has a special place in your life. They become your life family, because we all need to be accepted, even aside from our blood relations. And think of it when we are ill. Not just a cold, but REALLY ill. With health care, you are the pitcher, and your doctor is the catcher. The nurses, medical & nurses assistants, specialist doctors, and everyone else are your in-fielders, out-fielders, base men, and what not. Without the team, we may not make it through our ailments.
Even with all of our daily grind, stresses, ailments or what not, Jessica gives us good advice when she points to this Maya quote "I've learned that you can't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back". And it's true. You can't win a ball game with a mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw the ball to the proper teammate. So even though I'm too old and out of shape to play the real game, at least I have it in my blood to play the life game of ball.
And while I do appreciate the smaller things in life, a pet peeve is stupid. I'm not including those "duh" moments that we all get. It happens to the best of us. And of course we occasionally do dumb things. But most of us don't do it normally, and most of the time it's because we're too tired, or it's an easy over-site to make, or an honest mistake. Those are fine. I'm talking about those who, no matter how you try to help them, teach, explain, discuss, reason, what ever, they just "don't get" what seems to be the sense that many of us learned at a young age... Yet they don't.
I love this Maya Angelou quote "My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors". I am reminded of my Hungarian great grandmother. She was born here in the U.S., as far as I know, and was bilingual in English and Hungarian. She only went to school "til the third grade", because her help on the family farm was very needed. When my great grandfather, an immigrant straight from Hungary, came to her, didn't know English. They married, and they bought a blueprint for a good brick farmhouse. They built it with the help of friends, family and other local places. Mind you, this was probably about 120 years ago or more... They didn't have the modern machines, and this was in the boonies. They were behind in modern things than what the "city folk" have. My Great Grandma... 3rd grade education... A builder!?! Farmer!?! Butcher!?! All without even completing her primary education! That is SMART!
But it really irks me, when I hear people talk like they don't have a lick of sense... At all. As if these days we can't get the education? And these are people who live right here in the USA, making silly statements that Canada is south of the United States, when they really mean that there is a part of Canada that is further south on the latitude line than Wisconsin. Or when things are stated CLEARLY, and they read something in it that doesn't exist, then miss the obvious point. Totally. It's this type of thing, which seems to be spreading, is helping to lead to the down spiraling of culture and society. These are the germs clogging the natural flow in the figurative blood of our planet. I think that Nissemeth agrees with me that we need one of those deals to help the people in our country get back on our feet like what FDR did back in the depression.
Things will get better! I can feel the energy flow through my veins. Until then, life is a concert. You go to the ones that make you happy, because we all could use a brand new love, or at least refreshingly new with the current.
In the past of yore, when life was supposedly simple, women dressed to the nines just to go about their daily lives. I'm not so sure, if life was really simple. Maybe the stresses of modern conveniences didn't put everyone into the overdrive of doing, going, moving, etc... people still hustled and bustled. Walking to the market to buy daily dosages of fresh produce, meats, and what ever may catch their eyes... laundering with washboards, to the point that you'd think that thee ladies weren't damsels in distress, but to push, and to twist, and to heavily clean til their arms pumped up like Popeye, yet, these women of your are spoken of as if they were Oliveoyl.
In the busy bustle, Nina shows us her blast from the past, as her great grandmother's wish to walk around In the Winter Wonderland, to feel the crunch of the recently fallen snow, and the star-shaped flakes. Even though we may end up with some exaggerated and romantic tales, Lisa Conrad is full of the creative hyperbolas.
All too often, those of us who may be summer babies, we end up with a European corn dolly, Heather prefers the Indian corn dollies. Yet, deep inside, our hearts, the summer babies grow up wanting to frolic in the snow, and us winter babies want to swim with the fishes in the summer.
In the meanwhile, Tyler wants to be the Master of the Universe.
Stop Child Abuse Now Show - 609 -- special guest Lika Saliscente Tonight's special guest is Lika Saliscente from Wisconsin, a lobbyist who specializes in issues related to women and children. She's also the founder of the Youth Voice Initiative, an action group, to take an active stand against those who abuse children. The YVI is a social welfare organization which authors and lobbies the innovative and groundbreaking laws needed to protect children from the dangers that arise from abuse and take away the tools for child predators who conspire to commit crimes against children. It also addresses the growing problem of domestic violence against men and fathers, as well as other abuses against our children. YVI also gathers support for these laws and build awareness to the problems that inspire them. Lika writes, "I have successfully lobbied the State of Wisconsin for Act 177, a fair pay bill for equal work as well as the "Mini Skirt Bill" which renders the attire of the rape victim inadmissible as evidence against the victim in the court of law." And she goes on, "I've also successfully lobbied for the federal law called the Violence Against Women Act of 1993. The Safer Campuses for Women was written by the Wisconsin student body." YVI is currently working on April's Law Wisconsin, currently going to the floor of the State Assembly, and the federal version yet to be introduced. We are also still working on getting equal services, shelter and support for our male abuse victims, as currently there are little to nothing for them. Read Ms Saliscente's BLOG at: http://likaslaments.blogspot.com
Here are the Special Guest "Recommended Show" Archives as they appear on our NAASCA web site (but all daily episodes are recorded and available for "on-demand" listening, too). We've created quite a library of shows, all searchable by names, web addresses, key words, etc:
As you know, we're a grassroots organization at NAASCA .. one that belongs to no one else .. but this leaves us able to quickly decide which of the individuals and child abuse groups we support, promote and work with closely.
No doubt you will remain at the top of our list, and we're delighted to welcome you as a part of the family.
Please keep us informed about your work as it progresses and let us know how we can assist you in the future.
I grew up in Tokyo, Japan in my formative years, I liked the fact that there was this big vast body of water, that looked like a whole world in and of it's self, called the Pacific Ocean. I remember daydreaming about pirates finding hidden treasures, and chests full of booty. Coming to Racine, WI, it was neat to have this Great Lake Michigan to the east. Even the family cottage on Eagle Lake, was on the west side of the lake, and you could swim across, if you had the stamina.
With all of the comforts we can find at the ocean, sometimes, it could bring us gloom, like a typhoon looming over the sails, asDoris suggests, as many things can happen while you're swimming in the ocean. Photographer Sharon Lee captures the scene well in the picture.
Even if the sailing seems to be good, there are often troubled times. Nissmith can verify that often we feel like losers, and that there is something missing, like the special person to share it with. Sitting at the break rocks, we might be mesmerized by the lapping waves to jump in, and drown while being pummeled into the rocks. The sun comes out, bringing a ray of light glistening on the water. So rather than bumming around feeling sorry, like Nissmith, realize that even losers get lucky sometimes.
I walk over to the sunny beach, hoping that I don't get bitten by a jellyfish, I realize I'm lucky that I didn't get eaten by a shark. So, I decide to enjoy life, and do it my own way, and the heaviness lifts, and I go wash up in the bathroom, elated. The fly on the wall like Ruggi probably thinks I'm a maniacal schizophrenic, I pep and primp myself up, ready to see the world.
But then, when Marvin the Martian wants to give us secret passages, there's always adventures around the corner where everyone has their story.
I've always been a evening to night person, although I always liked to be a go getter and enjoy life. Sometimes, I didn't wait until dark to to enjoy the activities of when the night blooms, as Barbara K may tell you about.
Many activities Rip It Up as it gets going into the night. Think about the school dances that started off tame, with a smaller crowd sitting back to enjoy the music, and by the end of the night, it's more like Jailhouse Rock, being led by D J Mike and the Boombox. But all is good, because I like turning it loose with the Hound Dog so much, It's a Sin. Even still, with all this rocking and gyrating going on, there is still the class of all the cool gals like Heather wear Yellow Ribbons in their hair, so we all know where to hang out for the action.
Eventually, some lucky couple will end up at the cave of love, and everyone will be jealous that Jay gets to be with the Girl of my Best Friend hanging out with that lake-view scene from the cave with the heart shaped opening. But no matter, I will have and make my own fun with some lucky person, and take a walk in the sand.
As a pauper, I would often take the bus places. Sometimes buses would go missing, so rather than the 20-30 minutes to the next bus, I'd have an hour to kill. Then I'd walk over to the coffee house which doubled as a used bookstore and mini library with many intellectual reads. All too often, I'd lose the time, forget that I was supposed to be somewhere, and end up walking home after bus hours ended.
While in the Coffee House Book Shop, I'd order my double mocha, often wishing that it was a Cosmopolitanthat was being sipped on at a sophisticated sky rise in Tokyo. While I was finding a seat, I looked up on the wall, and thought, "I am NOT insane! I think I'm seeing the poster from 'The David' promoting that book club event featuring Charles Dickens books and Batman impersonators"! I walk up to check it out, and sure enough, it's going to be the real deal of an event. Then, looking through the books, I remembered that Kim wanted me to find something On the Bookshelf. But what did she want me to find? I'm sure it was a book...
I scroll across and up and down the shelf. Then I saw a book that brought me back to my childhood... Oliver Twist. My 6th grade class performed that as a musical. I wasn't interested in playing dress up in the dated dresses and clothing, so I opted to play in the practice band, though for the shows, a different group was brought in, to make the show extra special. I enjoyed watching from the audience. I finally sit down, and start to read the book. I take a sip of my coffee, and damn, it's as cold as a Bloody Mary. Before I know it, it's 7pm, and it's time to close up shop.
It's getting dark, and I missed missed my appointment at the Attorney's Office, and the last bus is gone... As the sun sets behind the buildings, there is a chill in the air, and I so wish that I had a Little Red Corvette to drive home in...
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