10 Fascinating Facts About the Human Body

Weird quirks and all, the human body is a a bewildering machine. While you may think you know your body well, the truth is, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that might shock you. Learn more about it with 10 of these mind-blowing facts that are sure to get your heart pumping.

1. Sorry lefties.

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Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.

2. You’re not the only one who’s flattered.

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When you blush, your stomach also turns red.

3. The hardest worker of all.

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The heart beats more than 3 billion times in the average human lifespan.

4. Well, that’s unsettling.

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You can produce enough saliva to fill two bathtubs a year.

5. Our toenails need to pick up the pace.

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Fingernails grow about four times faster than your toenails.

6. Time to brush extra hard.

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There are about 40,000 bacteria in the human mouth.

7. Now that’s impressive.

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Bones are about 5 times stronger than steel.

8. Go ahead, try it.

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It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

9. No wonder food tastes so good.

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Each of us has around 2,000 taste buds.

10. That’s unfortunate.

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People with blue eyes are more sensitive to pain than others.

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History Facts - The Gregorian Calendar

  1. Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. Before this, Europe had been following the Julian calendar. Since the old calendar was off by 11 minutes, it was no longer accurate. To resolve the problem, the new calendar was developed.
  2. Every four years, the Julian calendar included an additional day in February to account for leap years. However, the Italian scientist responsible for developing the Gregorian calendar, Aloysius Lilius, realized that these additions made the calendar longer than it should have been.
  3. There is a minuscule time difference per year between the Gregorian calendar and the solar year. Despite the efforts made by Lilius to make the calendar seamlessly sync up with the solar year, it is still off by 26 seconds.
  4. Many Protestants saw this move as a plot against them. Even though the papal bill to reform the calendar only concerned the Catholic Church, Catholic countries such as Portugal, Italy, and Spain, adopted the new system right away. Protestants rejected the calendar.
  5. When England switched to the Gregorian calendar and advanced the days from September 2nd to September 14th in one night, many supposedly rebelled. They allegedly demanded to have their 11 days back. Many skeptical historians believe that none of these protests actually took place.
  6. During the middle ages, the new year fell on March 25th. The Julian calendar originally marked the start of the year on January 1st. However, European countries replaced it with days that had more religious significance.

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