The Human Body is a complex design that still holds hidden mysteries and secrets that scientists and doctors still can’t explain. Our bodies are capable of the strangest actions and weirdest actions, not to mention all the gross things that we are capable of doing or producing. Here is a list of the top fifty strangest human body facts that are sure to have you scratching you head and wondering how that is even possible, and questioning whether or not you really want to know that about your own body.

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Strange Human Body Facts

Some are interesting, some are strange, and some are unbelievable!

  1. In one lifetime, you produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.
  2. Your strongest muscle is you tongue. It also has 3000 taste buds.
  3. Your strongest bone is your jaw.
  4. In your feet you have 52 bones.
  5. The acid in your stomach that breaks down your food is so powerful it can dissolve razorblades. To stop the acid from eating through your stomach, your body creates a new stomach lining every couple of days.
  6. Your feet have 500,000 sweat glands.
  7. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to accommodate room for your heart. Your lungs also contain roughly 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) of airways and 300 to 500 million hollow cavities.
  8. All babies are born colour blind.
  9. There is enough iron in a human body to make a 3 inch long nail.
  10. One in every 2000 newborn babies are born with a tooth. That is because teeth start forming when the foetus is 3 months old.
  11. A baby is born with 300 bones, but some of the bones fuse together as they grow, so by the time they are an adult, they only have 206.
  12. It is impossible to tickle yourself. You can’t do it because your brain is completely aware of what you are going to do, and how it is going to feel, so it stops the skin from reacting in the same what that someone else tickling you would surprise you enough to make you ticklish.
  13. Only a third of people have perfect, 20-20 vision.
  14. Women are able to smell better than men.
  15. If you were to take out all of the blood vessels in a human body and make a line with them, it would be roughly 96,560 kilometres (60,000 miles) long.
  16. Scientists have no idea why, but during the first trimester, pregnant women have been shown to dream most about frogs, worms and plants.
  17. A human hair ‘lives’ for 3 to 7 years, and the average person looses between 60 and 100 stands of hair a day.
  18. 20 per cent of the oxygen you breathe in is used by the brain.
  19. The brain is made up of 80 per cent water.
  20. Teeth are the only part of the human body that can’t repair themselves.
  21. Your nose and ears never stop growing.
  22. One out of 20 people have an extra rib.
  23. By the age of sixty, 40 per cent of women snore, compared with 60 per cent of men.
  24. The impulses from your brain to your nerves can reach speeds of up to 274 kilometres (170 miles) per hour.
  25. Our fingernails to not grow evenly, with our middle fingernail growing the fastest.
  26. Facial hair is the quickest growing hair on the human body. If the average male never shaved, his beard would be around 30 feet long when he died.
  27. Fingerprints develop when a foetus is three months old.  Also, fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
  28. In the average adult, their bones make up 14 per cent of the total weight of their body.
  29. By the time you are 60 years old, you will have lost around half of your taste buds.
  30. At any given time, there are roughly 32 million bacteria living on your skin.
  31. If you sleep in a cold room, you are more likely to have a bad dream.
  32. You start off your day 1 centimetre taller than you will be in the evening. This is because your joints and cartilage compresses slightly during the day.
  33. Every minute 300 million cells in the human body die.
  34. The imprint of our tongue is completely unique to every individual, so like fingerprints, it can be used as a form of identification.
  35. It takes 43 muscles to frown, but only 17 to smile.
  36. The most common blood type in the world is Type O.
  37. If you run your finger along you skin from your elbow to your wrist, you will have unleashed around 40,000 of your skin cells into the air.
  38. On average, right handed people live 9 years longer than left handed people.
  39. When you are afraid, your ear produces more earwax.
  40. To take one step, your body has to use 200 muscles.
  41. It takes food 7 seconds to get from your mouth and into your stomach.
  42. The strongest bone in your body is your thighbone, which is called the femur and is also hollow.
  43. The lining of the stomach has around 35 million digestive glands.
  44. The average person will blink around 25 times in a minute, but women blink twice as much as men.
  45. When standing still, your body uses 300 muscles to keep its balance.
  46. The average cough comes out of your mouth at  96.5 kilometres (60 miles) per hour.
  47. Blood is six times thicker than water.
  48. The average human body contains enough Sulphur to kill all fleas on an average dog, Carbon to make 900 pencils, Fat to make 7 bars of soap and Phosphorus to make 2,200 match heads.
  49. The cornea in our eye is not connected to our blood or oxygen supply. Instead, it takes in oxygen directly from the air.
  50. When you crack your knuckles, the sound you hear is the sound of nitrogen gas bubble bursting.

The human body is a very complex system that has many different functions and uses that can be amazing, slightly weird, or just plain gross. Try pulling out some of these facts at your next dinner or party - they are sure to get your guests talking!