The human body is an enigma of its own. So many nerves, muscles, and bones together form the human body. So many systems simultaneously work together to perform the daily functions.
General Surgeons in Lahore say that many surprising facts are not common knowledge. You will be surprised at what more a human body can do. Even when we are asleep our body and brain are working.
Some mysteries still remain unsolved and unknown despite the number of research that is being done. The biggest riddle of all being the brain. Studies are still being done and new data is being added daily.
Here are 10 surprising facts about the human body that you need to know!
- Newborn bones
You are actually born with more bones than your regular and average of 206 bones. Since a newborn’s skeleton is so small and soft; it is broken down into tiny bones. As the body ages, these tiny bones fuse and merge to form larger bones. Hence, resulting in only 206 bones in the adults.
- Blood Vessels
We all know that numerous blood vessels are found in the human body. These numerous vessels can be counted down into miles rather than simple numbers. They can make up to almost sixty thousand to a hundred thousand miles. If they are laid together and joined at the end they can travel the earth’s equator almost four times. That is more than one can travel.
- Strong Jaws
There are numerous muscles present throughout the body. Each muscle performs its own function. One would think that the biceps or triceps are the strongest muscles or the muscles in the legs but in reality, the jaw muscle is the strongest of all. They require a forty-pound contraction. They are far more powerful than any other muscle in the body.
Hydras and starfish can regenerate a lost arm or a lost body part within a few days. Humans don’t have that ability. But surprise surprise, the liver can regenerate itself and it is the only organ that can do so. That is why a small portion of the liver can be used to generate a fully grown liver in the lab, which can then be used in transplantation.
Some humans have the unique ability to have a sensitive nose. They can distinguish numerous smells and can relate them to different memories. The smell can trigger certain memories and you get the feeling of nostalgia. It can also bring up forgotten emotions associated with the smell. Women have a powerful sense of smell.
- The smallest and longest bone
Bones are found even in your ear. It might be hard to believe, that the part that can be easily wiggled and twisted contains a bone but it does. The ear is also the house of the smallest bone in the human body located in the inner ear known as the stapes. Meanwhile, the femur is the longest bone and is found in the legs. It is also the strongest bone bearing most of the body weight.
Cheetah is the fastest animal on earth. It can run up to 70 km/hour. Humans only walk at a speed of 2 to 4 km/hour. Humans may not be as fast as the cheetah but they sure are good at long-distance running. Many factors contribute to this ability of humans. We may not be able to outrun an animal but we sure can chase them to the point of exhaustion.
- Stomach Acid
Food is digested in the stomach which is the major part of our digestive system. The stomach acid is so strong that if it overproduces, it can cause corrosion of the stomach lining and can affect the surrounding organs. But did you know that this acid is powerful enough to digest even metal! A normal amount is not harmful at all for the stomach lining.
- Pinky Finger
We almost always disregard the pinky finger because we find the least bit of interest in it. You must have heard that while packing a punch the thumb is the most important part of the fist. While that may be true to an extent, the pinky finger exerts the most force. More than 50 percent of our hand strength is dependent on the pinky finger without which the hand would fall apart in functioning.