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Thursday, April 30, 2009

It Does A Body Good!

We recently received a new book in the Reference Department called The Handy Anatomy Answer Book. I can't seem to put it down! Here are just a few of the nuggets that I've managed to glean in the past few minutes.

  • People with the plague smell like apples. People with eczema or impetigo smell like mold. People with dandruff are not mentioned.
  • Forty-seven percent of an average person's water comes from actually drinking it. The other 39% comes from solid food.
  • Eye muscles move "up to 100,000 times in a 24-hour period." For the legs to achieve a comparable workout, a person would have to walk fifty miles. Do you suppose there is any relation between my extreme laziness and poor eyesight? I guess not...
  • "The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps blood out of the body to squirt blood about thirty feet." As I watched Kill Bill Volume 1 for the first time last night, I have a remarkable visual running through my head.
  • The clavicle is the bone that is most likely to be fractured in the human body.
  • Leonardo de Vinci was the first person to propose contact lenses. Bless you, Leo!
  • An average person swallows about 2,400 times in a 24-hour period.
  • The fastest growing hair is the beard. Hair grows fastest in warmer weather. From this I can deduce the reason it seems to be taking my hair such a long time to grow for Locks of Love!

I suppose the moral of all of this nuggetty goodness is that the body really is an amazing creation. I hope you were all as enlightened as I was, and don't forget to drink your milk. You know it does a body good!

Balaban, Naomi and Bobick, James. The Handy Anatomy Answer Book. Visible Ink Press, 2008.


  1. Speaking of collar bones, Lance Armstrong broke his in March, and completed a race today, with the 12 screws still in his shoulder from surgery! You're tha man, Lance.

  2. Does Locks of Love accept facial hair?

  3. Locks of Love accepts hair that is at least 10 inches long in a braid or ponytail after it has been cut. If you know someone who meets those requirements, please take a picture. I would love to see that beard. (Ooo, or maybe it's a moustache... even better!) For more answers regarding Locks of Love's donation policies, go to


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