Our bodies do all kinds of wonderful and amazing things, but they also do all kinds of really gross things, and today we’re choosing to talk about the gross things. So buckle up, because this is going to be quite the ride. Let’s get started!
We eat a lot of snot. Like, a lot. In fact, the average human swallows 1.5 pints of snot and mucus on the daily. And if ‘pints’ means nothing to you, that’s 192 teaspoons.
If you took all of your skin off, it would weigh roughly 20 pounds. We’ll just leave you the image of a human body without skin and/or the image of a pile of loose skin on a scale.
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You can actually vomit, uhm, poop. This is known as fecal vomiting, and it’s extremely rare. This phenomenon happens when a person has a bowel obstruction and your intestines begin pushing the waste up and out of your mouth.
Your cheeks and stomach both blush simultaneously. In fact, that very same rush of adrenaline that takes blood to your cheeks also takes it to your stomach. This function is actually a part of the sympathetic nervous system that tells you when you should run out of bad situations, but our brains can’t always say for certain if we’re having a cringe moment or if we’re fighting for our life, so our adrenaline just goes crazy either way.
Your body just kinda eats itself. In time, that is. You have millions upon millions of bacteria in your gut that work to digest your food and keep you healthy overall; however, when you die, these bacteria will eventually eat you from the inside out.
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Do you pop your knuckles? We’ve been guilty of this for years. When you crack your knuckles you’re actually releasing nitrogen gas. This also explains why you aren’t able to pop the same knuckles over and over again, the gas needs to build up again before you can get to crackin’.
There are tiny creatures all over you! Seriously. Most of us have mites just living their little lives in our eyelashes, eyebrows, and even on our skin. Luckily they’re so tiny our naked eyes can see them and they tend to feast on dead skin cells. These little critters don’t poop, but the females will burrow down in your lashes and lay eggs. So you can sleep tight tonight knowing that’s a thing.