Biological Brilliance: 34 Remarkable Facts About How Your Body Works – Part 3

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1Sweat Gland Count

Sweat Gland Count

The number of sweat glands you have is directly related to the temperature you experienced as a baby.

2. Kegel exercises can be beneficial for men as well. Men who do Kegels tend to have stronger erections and orgasm. They typically last longer in bed, have an increase in angle of erection and develop increased bladder control.

3. “Morning wood” occurs during REM sleep when certain neurotransmitters slow down which normally control blood flow. Morning wood also helps with bladder control at night.

4. Medical doctor Donald Unger cracked the knuckles of his left hand every day for more than 60 years, but he did not crack the knuckles of his right hand. No arthritis or other ailments formed in either hand, earning him the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine.

5. If you leave the lime juice on your hands on a sunny day, your skin can get second-degree burns and be discolored for years. It’s called “margarita dermatitis” because people often get it while making margaritas outside.

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6Finger Sensitivity

Finger Sensitivity

Human fingers can feel objects as small as 13 nanometers. This means that, if your finger was the size of the Earth, you could feel the difference between houses from cars.

7. Fingers prune underwater not because of them absorbing the water or washing away the oils, but because of an evolutionary trait caused by the brain to enhance the grip of your fingers underwater.

8. The white spots on fingernails are called Leukonychia and are harmless. They are most commonly caused by minor injuries that occur while the nail is growing. Contrary to popular belief, leukonychia is not a sign of excess or deficiency of calcium and zinc or other vitamins in the diet.

9. Before medical science discovered how the circulatory system functioned, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. This is why people wear their wedding ring on this finger.

10. Humans finger contain no muscles and are controlled by muscles in the arm and palm pulling on tendons.

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11Wheelchair Athletes

Wheelchair Athletes

Wheelchair athletes with spinal injuries will sometimes intentionally injure themselves on the lower body (e.g. break a toe), causing their bodies to respond by raising blood pressure and enhancing their performance. This practice has been banned and is labeled cheating.

12. It’s possible to replace a lost thumb with a toe. The first successful toe-to-thumb transplant was performed in 1964, on a rhesus monkey (the first human was 1972).

13. There is a condition called ‘dactylolysis spontanea’, where a person’s toe just randomly falls off, and doctors have no idea why it happens.

14. When you give a thumbs up, the divot at the base of your thumb and wrist is called a “snuff box” ( anatomical snuffbox is the actual medical term).

15. Pain signals sent by an irritated diaphragm will be felt in the shoulder. The stabbing sensations near the heart that are sometimes felt after consuming a fatty meal are often confused with heart attacks but are nothing more than symptoms of indigestion.

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Humans are unlikely to sink entirely into quicksand due to the higher density of the fluid. Quicksand has a density of about 2 grams per milliliter, while human density is only about 1 gram per milliliter. A human would descend up to their waist, but no further.

17. The human genome is comprised of 5% - 8% viral DNA, which can be traced back to 30-35 separate viral invasions in human history.

18. Only one person is recorded to have been cured of HIV/AIDS. In 2006, a patient from Berlin received a stem-cell transplant from an HIV-resistant donor, in-part to treat his Leukemia. He has been HIV-free since then.

19. When people are electrocuted and thrown far distances, it is a result of sudden and violent muscle contraction and not the result of the shock. This has raised questions as to the actual strength and capabilities of the muscles in the human body.

20. In 2004, a rapist fooled DNA tests by surgically implanting a tube filled with blood in his arm and tricking the laboratory technician into having a blood sample taken from it.



Paper cuts hurt so badly because paper does more microscopic damage to the skin, and there often isn't blood to protect nerves afterward.

22. The human cornea extracts oxygen directly from the air. It has no blood supply.

23. Pus is just white blood cells that died fighting off infection.

24. There is about 0.2 milligrams of gold in our bodies, most of which is in our blood.

25. Cornstarch (a common thickening agent in foods), will spike your blood sugar level faster than pure sugar.

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