Technology as a way of life

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser...

Oct 26, 2008

Did you know ... ???

Starting with some facts about... the human body (won't improve your sex life if you read this so you can as well google anything else starting/ending in xxx)

  • Hiccups happen when the diaphragm, the muscle that controls our breathing, becomes irritated and start to spasm and contract uncontrollably. With each contraction, air is pulled into the lungs very quickly, passes through the voice box, and then the epiglottis closes behind the rush of air, shaking the vocal chords, causing the "hic" sound. The irritation can be caused by rapid eating, emotional stress and even some diseases. The best cure? Breathing into a paper bag. This calms the diaphragm by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream.
  • The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.
  • Your heart beats 101,000 times a day. During your lifetime it will beat about 3 billion times and pump about 400 million litres (800 million pints) of blood.
  • Your mouth produces 1 litre (1.8 pints) of saliva a day.
  • On average, people can hold their breath for about one minute. The world record is 15 minutes 2 seconds, by Tom Sietas..
  • The human head contains 22 bones.
  • On average, you breathe 23,000 times a day.
  • On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day - although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).
  • Einstein's brain was of average size (1375 grams - 49oz).
  • Over the last 150 years the average height of people in industrialized nations increased by 10 cm (4 in).
  • In the 19th century, American men were the tallest in the world, averaging 1,71m (5'6"). Today, the average height for American men is 1,75m (5'7"), compared to 1,77m (5'8") for Swedes, and 1,78m (5'8.5") for the Dutch.
  • The tallest nation in the world is the Watusis of Burundi.
  • If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you'll feel thirsty.
  • Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, suggested that a woman could enlarge her bust line by singing loudly and often.
  • A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.
  • You'll drink about 75,000 litres (20,000 gallons) of water in your lifetime.
  • After a certain period of growth, hair becomes dormant. That means that it is attached to the hair follicle until replaced by new hair.
  • Hair on the head grows for between two and six years before being replaced. In the case of baldness, the dormant hair was not replaced with new hair.
  • Men loose about 40 hairs a day. Women loose about 70 hairs a day.
  • In the Middle Ages the length from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow was called an ell.
  • A person remains conscious for eight seconds after being decapitated.
  • The first human sex change took place in 1950 when Danish doctor Christian Hamburger operated on New Yorker George Jargensen, who became Christine Jargensen.
  • The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a second. On average, you blink 15 000 times a day. Women blink twice as much as men.
  • A typical athlete's heart churns out 25 to 30 litres (up to 8 gallons) of blood per minute.
  • We have four basic tastes. The salt and sweet taste buds are at the tip of the tongue, bitter at the base, and sour along the sides.
  • Unless food is mixed with saliva you cannot taste it.
  • The liver is the largest of the body's internal organs. The skin is the body's largest organ.
  • Not all our taste buds are on our tongue; about 10% are on the palette and the cheeks.
  • On average a hiccup lasts 5 minutes.
  • Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
  • It takes about 3 months for the transplanted hair to start growing again.
  • About 13% of people are left-handed. Up from 11% in the past.
  • In 1900, a person could expect to live to be 47. Today, the average life expectancy for men and women in developed countries is longer than 70 years.
  • A newborn baby's head accounts for one-quarter of its weight.
  • King Henry I, who ruled in the England in the 12th century, standardised the yard as the distance from the thumb of his outstretched arm to his nose.
  • The bones in your body are not white - they range in colour from beige to light brown. The bones you see in museums are white because they have been boiled and cleaned.
  • Our eyes are always the same size from birth.
  • Every person has a unique tongue print.
  • If all your DNA is stretched out, it would reach to the moon 6,000 times.
  • Approximately two-thirds of a person's body weight is water. Blood is 92% water. The brain is 75% water and muscles are 75% water.
  • The coloured part of the eye is called the iris. Behind the iris is the soft, rubbery lens which focuses the light on to a layer, called the retina, in the back of the eye. The retina contains about 125 million rods and 7 million cones. The rods pick up shades of grey and help us see in dim light. The cones work best in bright light to pick up colours.
  • We actually do not see with our eyes - we see with our brains. The eyes basically are the cameras of the brain. One-quarter of the brain is used to control the eyes.

Moving on with Statistics... (if ur not half asleep by now)

  • In 1750 there were about 800 million people in the world. In 1850 there were a billion more, and by 1950, another billion. Then it took just 50 years to double to 6 billion.
  • Half the world's population earns about 5% of the world's wealth.
  • There are more than 600 million telephone lines, yet almost half the world's population has never made a phone call on a land line. However, more than half the world's population has made a cell phone call. There are more than 2 billion cell phones in use.
  • More personal telephone calls are made on Mother's Day in the USA than on any other day in any other country.
  • One in ten people in the world live on an island.
  • The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.
  • In the US, murder is committed most frequently in August and least frequently in February.
  • In 1870 there were more Irish living in London than in Dublin.
  • In 1870 there also were more Catholics living in London than in Rome.
  • The chance of being born on Leap Day is about 684 out of a million, or 1 in 1461. Less than 5 million people have their birthday on Leap Day.
  • The odds of being struck by lightning are about 600,000 to one.
  • About 27% of food in developed countries are wasted each year. It's simply thrown away.
  • Almost 1,2 billion people are underfed - the same number of people that are overweight to the point of obesity.
  • The world average of egg consumption per capital is 230.
  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Half the world's population is under 25 years of age.
  • On average in the West, people move house every 7 years.
  • US Post Office handles 43% of the world's mail. Its nearest competitor is Japan with 6%.
  • In the developed countries, the proportion of adults married has declined from 72% in 1970 to 60% in 1996. The chance of a first marriage ending in divorce is between 50% and 67%. The chance that a second marriage will end in divorce is about 10% higher than for the first marriage.
  • The world's average school year is 200 days per year. In the US, it is 180 days; in Sweden 170 days, in Japan it is 243 days.
  • Since 1972, some 64 million tons of aluminum cans (about 3 trillion cans) have been produced. Placed end-to-end, they could stretch to the moon about a thousand times. Cans represent less than 1% of solid waste material.
  • More than a billion transistors are manufactured... every second.
  • 92% of Chinese belong to the Han nationality, which has been China's largest nationality for centuries. The rest of the nation consists of about 55 minority groups.
  • According to the US Census Bureau, 19% of US children live in poverty. (1999)
  • In 1998, US states spent $30 billion in funds on correctional services and $24 billion on social welfare.
  • In 1998, American people, foundations and corporations gave more than $175 billion to charities and churches. Churches received 40% of the contributions, while public charities and educational organizations received the remainder.
  • According to the US Weather Service, their one day forecasts are accurate more than 75% of the time. They send out 2 million forecasts a year.
  • There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 17 million people.
  • New Zealand is home to 4 million people and 70 million sheep.

I doubt you got down here at the end but if you actually did (and didn't cheat) well i gotta say you have nerves of steel and really deserve some congrats. I have to admit i only knew/heard around 20% of those...


Marius Iulian Mihailescu said...

what a life, in New Zealand and Australia, two beautiful lands where they have stop to consume food with chemicals in a period of time, but in nowadays they allowed food with different chemicals, especially in Australia, ehhh this is the life we have to live with it, but can you imagine how the life is there ? 4 millions of people and 70 millions of sheep's ? :)'s a real paradise and a quiet land for your rest of life, I have read somewhere in some articles that only ,,smart'' people they go there to live the rest of there life's, clever move for them, let's go there :D

RaduB. said...

that would be viable thing to do but i guess we're used to our lifestyles here and starting to enjoy making fun of it :)

I would move to a quiet place anywhere on earth (or space) if i had the chance and it didn't involve too many changes cause it's a bit hard to adapt after u lived in a "do-whatever-the-hell-you-want-because-nothing-will-change-in-good-anyways" type of country which is Romania... call me a bit harsh but it's true. We love you romania...NOT!

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