You’re amazing!

I already know you’re amazing, but here are some honest-to-goodness, scientific-y facts about the human body that make us humans even more awe-inspiring.

Did you know …

* There are over 100,000 miles of blood vessels in an adult human? If all your blood vessels were laid out end-to-end, they would go around the Earth four times.


Photo, NASA/ GSFC/ NOAA/ USGS via Wikimedia Commons

* Your intestinal tract, the system responsible for eating and digesting food, is over 30 feet long. (How in the world does it all fit??)

* Nerve impulses travel back and forth to the brain at speeds up to 250 miles per hour (nearly as fast as the fastest race car on record).

* Humans have the ability to read up to 1,000 words a minute.

* Our eyes are so sensitive that, if our surroundings were completely flat, we could see the flicker of a candle at night from 30 miles away.


Photo by israel Silberberg via Wikimedia Commons

* The adult body is made up of more than 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms. (One question: Who counted?)

* Humans have about the same number of hairs on their bodies as chimpanzees. (Ours are just so fine, you can barely see them, thank goodness.)

* Adult humans have about 2.5 trillion red blood cells in our bodies, but the average red blood cell lives only for about 120 days, so our bone marrow produces about two and a half million new ones every second. That’s like reproducing the entire population of Chicago every second.

* There are more living organisms on the skin of one human being than there are human beings on the Earth.

* Each of our bodies has 230 movable joints.

* Our hearts beat about 30 million times each year and our lungs breathe about 192 million gallons of air a year—all without even thinking about it.

Yep, we’re amazing.

Le Printemps by Pierre Auguste Cot (1873) via Wikimedia Commons

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    The Human Body is truly an amazing collection of working parts. When you stop and think about all of the vital and intricate systems, it is mind boggling how we manage to stay healthy and thrive despite all the crazy things we do to ourselves both knowingly and unknowingly!

  2. Cindi says:

    hee hee, I’m not so sure about the 230 movable joints in this body!

  3. CJ Armstrong says:

    Yes, we certainly are amazing! And it’s all because of our AMAZING CREATOR!

  4. OOOOHHHH BABY! yes we are amazing aren’t we? thanks MaryJane for the reminder of how special we are

  5. bonnie ellis says:

    230 joints in the human body (no wonder they hurt) arthritis, ugh! Those are amazing facts.

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