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June 18, 2010

Weird Facts About the Human Body

While I was wandering around the torrents yesterday, I found one called 100 Weird Facts About the Human Body. I just got a chance to look through it and it’s this cool little 11 page pdf with all kinds of interesting facts. Since I found it so entertaining, I thought I might share a few with everybody.

  1. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 mph.
  2. The human brain can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Scientists have yet to settle on a definitive amount but the storage capacity of the brain in electronic terms is thought to be between 3 or even 1000 terabytes.)
  3. The brain only makes up about 2% of our body mass, but it uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream.
  4. Scientists say the higher your I.Q., the more you dream.
  5. The brain itself does not have pain receptors and cannot feel pain.
  6. 80% of your brain is water.
  7. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair.
  8. One human hair can support 3.5 oz.
  9. The fastest growing nail is on your middle finger. (It would be too cheesy to even make a joke on that one.)
  10. There are as many hairs per square in. on your body as a chimpanzee, but the majority of the hairs are too fine or light to be seen.
  11. Blondes have more hair. (The average human head has 100,000 hair follicles. Blondes average 146,000, black hair averages 110,000, brown averages 100,000 and redheads only average 86,000.)
  12. You can lose 50% of your hair before it is noticeable to anyone.
  13. The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 ft.
  14. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades.
  15. The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels. (To put that in perspective, the distance around the earth is about 25,000 miles.)
  16. You get a new stomach lining every 3 to 4 days. (Due to the strong digestive acid in your stomach we already noted.)
  17. The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court.
  18. Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions.
  19. You could remove a large part of your internal organs and survive. (It’s possible to survive with the removal of the stomach, the spleen, 75% of the liver, 80% of the intestines, one kidney, one lung, virtually every organ from the pelvic and groin area.)
  20. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph.
  21. Women blink twice as many times as men do.
  22. A full bladder is roughly the size of a softball.
  23. Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.
  24. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools.
  25. The average person farts 14 times a day.
  26. On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth. (That’s about 4% of the world’s population.)
  27. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. (In the 2nd trimester)
  28. Babies are, pound for pound, stronger than an ox.
  29. One out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they’re born.
  30. Every human spent about a half and hour as a single cell.
  31. Most men have erections every hour to hour and a half during sleep.
  32. After eating too much , your hearing is less sharp. (Keep in mind if you’re heading to a concert.)
  33. Only 1/3 of the human race has 20/20 vision.
  34. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it. (If you don’t believe it, dry off your tongue before you taste something.)
  35. Women are born better smellers than men and remain so throughout life. (There is also an unfortunate 2% of the population with no sense of smell at all.)
  36. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
  37. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins.
  38. The ashes of a cremated person average about 9 pounds.
  39. Nails and hair do not continue to grow after we die. (They appear longer when we die because the skin dehydrates and pulls back from the nail beds and scalp.)
  40. By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half of their taste buds.
  41. Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing.
  42. Monday is the day of the week when the risk of heart attack is greatest. (A 10 year study in Scotland found that 20% more people die of heart attacks on Mondays.)
  43. Humans can make do longer without food than sleep.
  44. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.
  45. We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening. (The cartilage between our bones gets compressed by standing, sitting and other daily activities, making us a tiny bit shorter at the end of the day.)
  46. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
  47. You use 200 muscles to take one step.
  48. The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.
  49. The feet account for 1/4 of all the human body’s bones. (52 bones)
  50. About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home.
  51. 300 million cells die in the human body every minute.
  52. Every day an adult body produces 300 billion new cells.
  53. Every tongue print is unique.
  54. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long.
  55. The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream.
  56. Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.
  57. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
  58. Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints.

That was a lot of weird shit. I love finding cool little stuff like that. It’s the main reason I wander the net at random. I need to go through the backs I have saved on the hard drive. I’m betting there’s quite a bit of cool stuff like that I’ve forgotten I had.

June 16, 2010

10 Words

This comic is great and it hits on one of my pet peeves. Sadly, even I am guilty of it sometimes, but at least I try. People no longer seem to care about their spelling in these days of 140 words or less. As much as I love social networking and everything on the internet, obviously, I am an avid blogger, I don’t like the 140 words or less orientation. It’s on so many sites now. Probably one of the reasons I love my blog. I have a lot more to say than 140 words.

June 16, 2010


Lord Krishna to Arjuna and Sanjaya: “Learned men do not grieve for the dead or the living. Never have I not existed, nor you, nor those kings; and never in the future shall we cease to exist. Just as the embodied self enters childhood, youth, and old age, so does it enter another body: this does not confound a steadfast man…. Nothing of nonbeing comes to be, nor does being cease to exist; the boundary between these two is seen by men who see reality. Indestructible is the presence that pervades all this; no one can destroy this unchanging reality. Our bodies are known to end, but the embodied self is enduring, indestructible, and immeasurable; therefore, Arjuna, fight the battle! He who thinks this self is a killer and he who thinks it killed, both fail to understand; it does not kill, nor is it killed…”

–Excerpt from “The Second Teaching” in the Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War

June 16, 2010

Excerpts from Confucius

1-4 Master Zeng said, “Each day I examine myself upon 3 points. In planning for others, have I been loyal? In company with friends, have I been trustworthy? And have I practiced what has been passed on to me?”

1-16 The Master said, “Do not be concerned that no one may recognize your merits. Be concerned that you may not recognize others.”

2-2 The Master said, “In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence, ‘Having no depraved thoughts.'”

2-11 The Master said, “A person who can bring new warmth to the old while understanding the new is worthy to take as a teacher.”

2-15 The Master said, ” If you study but don’t reflect you’ll be lost. If you reflect but don’t study you’ll get into trouble.”

2-17 The Master said, “Shall I teach you about knowledge, You? To know when you know something, and to know when you don’t know, that’s knowledge.” (“You” is the personal name of the disciple Zilu.)

2-19 Duke Ai asked, “What should I do so that the people will obey?” Confucius replied, “Raise up the straight and set them above the crooked and the people will obey. Raise up the crooked and set them above the straight and the people will not obey.”

3-23 The Master instructed the Music Master of Lu, “The pattern of music is something we can understand. Music commences with unison, and then follows with harmony, each line clearly heard, moving in sequence towards the coda.”

4-3 The Master said, ” It is only the truly virtuous man, who can love, or who can hate, others.”

–The Analects of Confucius

June 13, 2010

Egyptian Ritual of Judgement

I have come unto you; I have committed not faults; I have not sinned; I have done no evil; I have accused no man falsely; therefore let nothing be done against me. I live in right and truth. That which men have bidden I have done, and the gods are satisfied there-at. I have pacified the god for I have done his will. I have given bread unto the hungry and water unto those who thirst, clothing unto the naked, and a boat unto the shipwrecked mariner. I have made holy offerings unto the gods; and I have given meals of the tomb to the sainted dead. O, then, deliver ye me, and protect me; accuse me not before the great god. I ma pure of mouth, and I am pure of hands…

I offer up prayers in the presence of the gods, knowing that which concerneth them. I have come forward to make a declaration of right and truth, and to place the balance upon its supports within the groves of amaranth. Hail, thou who art exalted upon thy resting place, thou lord of the atef crown, who declarest thy name as the lord of the winds, deliver thou me from thine angels of destruction, who make dire deeds to happen and calamities to arise, and who have no covering upon their faces, because I have done right and truth, O thou Lord of right and truth. I am pure, in my foreparts I have been made clean, and in my hinder parts  have I been purified, my reins have been bathed in the Pool of right and truth, and no member of my body was wanting. I have been purified in the pool of the south…

from The Book of the Dead

June 12, 2010

39th Annual NORML Conference

This is the article about the Conference. I really wish I could go. That would be great. Especially considering I want to donate some of my time to NORMl when I’m a lawyer.

If you’ve never been to Portland and have always wanted to attend America’s oldest and largest pro-cannabis conference, this is the year! From September 10 to 12, the city some residents fondly call “Potland” will host the 39th Annual NORML National Conference, our giant yearly gathering that always features the best cannabis-related speakers, activists, health and legal experts, panel discussions and social events.

This year’s conference theme: It’s Time to Legalize! It’s a fitting topic in Oregon, which was the first state to decriminalize cannabis possession in 1973. Meanwhile, Portland has recently joined Oakland as one of the few cities in North America to host a cannabis café.

At the conference, speakers and panels will examine marijuana law, drug testing, medical cannabis, hemp, the best practices for cannabusinesses, political activism and lobbying – plus the ever-popular, usually overflowing High Times cannabis-cultivation lectures. Celebrity speakers and guests are always in attendance at this most interesting of pro-cannabis confabs.

Why hold the conference in Portland? In anticipation of the major cannabis-law reform measures being introduced in the state legislature – as well as the ballot initiative that will be launched if elected policymakers fail to legalize cannabis. Oregon NORML petitioned the NORML board of directors nearly two years ago to convene the 2010 national conference in Portland to help focus movement attention and support on their vanguard legalization efforts.

The conference will convene at the historic, nationally landmarked Governor Hotel, located in the middle of the central business district, right on the free loop section of the Portland area’s transit system. From airport to hotel to social events, no car is necessary to attend. If you do arrive by car, the Columbia River Gorge, a dozen waterfalls, the Oregon coast and the always-captivating Mount Hood are all within an hour’s drive.

Added bonuses include touring Oregon NORML’s Cannabis Café and spending a few hours out at Kelley Point Park, at the confluence of the powerful Columbia and Willamette rivers, the location of the THC Foundation’s popular two-day Hempstalk – Oregon’s largest pro-cannabis “protestival,” which attracts thousands of hemp-friendly supporters to soak in some of the last warm weather in America’s Great Northwest, listen to the inspired music and speeches, and patronize dozens of eclectic retail booths.

Only the odds makers in Vegas can likely handicap the political race to become the first state in America to legalize cannabis for non-medical adult use. Will it be Oregon or California, Washington or Nevada? Whichever way it goes, 2010 is already shaping up to be one of the busiest and most productive years in the history of organized cannabis-law reform. So make plans now with your best buds to join like-minded cannabis consumers, reform activists and patients in “Potland” this September at NORML’s “It’s Time to Legalize!” national conference.

Allen St. Pierre is the executive director of NORML in Washington, DC (888-67-NORML begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              888-67-NORML      end_of_the_skype_highlighting). For “early bird” pre-registration discounts, conference information, and photos and videos of previous NORML conferences, go to

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June 7, 2010

The Discovery of Chauvet Cave

On bending down, we discovered [drawings of] a mammoth, then a bear or lion, and other rhinoceroses. To the right we could make out three lion heads… During those moments there were only shouts and exclamations; the emotion that gripped us made us incapable of uttering a single word. Alone in that vastness, lit by the feeble beam of our lamps, we were seized by a strange feeling. Everything was so beautiful, so fresh, almost too much so. Time was abolished, as if the tens of thousands of years that seperated us from the producers of these paintings no longer existed….

— Jean-Marie Chauvet

June 2, 2010

Nasty Virus Multipication

Proteins also defend the body against disease, A virus — whether it is one that causes flu, smallpox, measles, or the common cold — enters the cells and multiplies there. One virus may produce a 100 replicas of itself within an hour or so. Each replica can then burst out and invade 100 different cells, soon yielding 10,000 virus particles, which invade 10.000 cells. Left free to do their worst, they will soon overwhelm the body with diseases.

–Understanding Nutrition , 11th Ed,; Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes

June 1, 2010

Another Interesting Nutrition Fact

“The human body contains and estimated 30,000 different kinds of proteins. Of these, about 3,000 have been studied, although with the recent surge in knowledge gained from sequencing the human genome, this number is growing rapidly.”

Understanding Nutrition, 11th Ed., pg. 187; Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes

May 31, 2010

Interesting Nutrition Fact

Switched study subjects today. I get to work on my nutrition class. I have a couple chapters to read before Wednesday, and I have to make food diary and a couple other weird projects. Cool stuff to post later. Anyways, I was reading in the textbook and found out an interesting nutrition fact I had never known.

“”Good cholesterol” is not a type of cholesterol found in foods, but it refers to the way the body transports cholesterol in the blood….. Sterols [compounds containing a four ring carbon structure with any of a variety of side chains attached] other than cholesterol are naturally found in all plants. Being structurally similar to cholesterol, these plant sterols interfere with cholesterol absorption, thus lowering blood cholesterol levels.”

— Understanding Nutrition, 11th Ed., pg. 146; Ellie Whitney and Sharon Rady Rolfes