Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Yourself

We know ourselves pretty well, or at least we like to think we do. Hold on to your hats, because you’re about to learn some stuff about yourself that you never knew. Let’s start with individuality. While we learn from a young age that everyone’s fingerprints are unique, did you know that your tongue print is unique too? Not only that, everyone has their own unique smell! Except for identical twins, they smell the same. And the odor of our body changes at different ages, so the next time you smell ‘old people smell’, remember that there’s one for your age bracket too.

When you first wake up in the morning, you’re the tallest you’ll be that day. Due to gravity, our bones compress during the day, making us shorter at night. And while we’re at it, if you were to lay out your small intestine, it would be longer than you are tall! With an average of 2000-4000 taste buds, and around 1000 different species of bacteria living on the skin, the human body is amazing. It produces enough saliva to fill two bathtubs a year and an entire head of hair is strong enough to handle about 12 tons.

 

Father and son using digital tablet on sofa

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About a quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet, but the strongest and longest bone is the femur. Your toenails grow slower than your fingernails, and your heart beats 100,000 times a day. But it’s not all just hard facts, your body is in tune with your feelings too. Whenever you blush, the lining of your stomach turns a little red too! It’s all about teamwork. If all the blood vessels were laid out, they’d measure more than 60,000 miles, which could circle the globe. And in an entire lifetime, the average person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the world. One last random fact, 12% of people dream in black and white, and this number was even higher before color TV.