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10 Fun Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know
1. Honey Never Goes Bad
Honey is perhaps the only food that never spoils due to its natural sugar content, low moisture, and acidic pH level. This is why ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians used it as a form of preserving food. Even today, honey is still a popular choice for sweetening a variety of dishes or just spreading it on toast!
2. You Never Stop Growing – Even As an Adult!
Despite popular belief, adults don’t stop growing! This is due to the fact that our bones never stop renewing themselves throughout our lives. The tiny bones in our inner ear, for example, continue to increase in size until we reach the age of 20.
3. Babies Are Born With 300 Bones
Infant humans are actually born with 300 bones in their body! As babies grow, some of these bones fuse together and actually reduce the number of bones in adults to 206.
4. Your Heart Beats Over 3 Billion Times in Your Lifetime
The human heart has the remarkable ability to beat approximately 100,000 times a day, 40 million times a year, and roughly 3 billion times over the course of a lifetime!
5. The Average Person Sheds 1.5 Pounds of Skin Every Year
The human body continually sheds skin cells each and every day. On average, a person sheds about 1.5 pounds of skin each year. That is equal to about 15-20 pounds of skin cells in an average lifetime!
6. Humans Evolved From Primates
It is believed that humans evolved from primates somewhere around 4 to 8 million years ago. This is why some animals, such as chimpanzees, share 98% of their DNA with humans.
7. You Can Hear A Blue Whale Call From Up To 1000 Miles Away
The blue whale is the loudest animal on the planet. Its tremendous call can be heard up to 1,000 miles away!
8. Humans Share 50% Of Their DNA With Bananas
Surprisingly, humans and bananas have a lot more in common than you may think. In fact, humans and bananas share 50% of their DNA, suggesting that we may have evolved from a common ancestor.
9. Your Fingernails Grow Much Faster Than Toenails
Your fingernails grow about four times faster than your toenails. This is likely due to the extra blood supply in your fingertips that helps increase the growth rate of your nails.
10. Humans Are the Only Animals With Chins
Humans are the only animals with chins! This unique feature evolved around 250,000 years ago and is thought to have come about as an adaptation to eating a high-fiber diet.