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.