Be it from a word-of-mouth, or a
newspaper article, unreliable and mis-interpreted facts always keep us in the
dark. To shed some light, we've brought for you, a simple yet comprehensive
list of facts and myths about the human body. Read on to find out more.
Myth#1: Your hair grows back thicker and longer after a shave
Popular among women who dread
shaving, this one is a total myth. What actually happens is that uncut hair is
tapered off at the edges, which makes it appear thinner. Also, it is exposed to
the sunlight, which makes it appear light, thus giving hair that comes up after
shaving a bad reputation.
Myth#2: We use only 10% of our brains
This one is another falsity. We
do use the entire brain, but not in one single go. This myth was debunked all
thanks to recent brain damage studies.
Myth#3: Don't wake a sleepwalker
Contrary to the popular belief,
waking up a sleepwalker is highly recommended. True, the sleepwalker may seem
disoriented and dazed at first, but that's much better than tripping over
something or getting hurt in some situation, which obviously he/she won't be
Myth#4: Different areas of our tongue can taste different things
The idea that different regions
of the tongue correspond to different taste receptors has been making rounds
since ages, and is totally a myth. Every area of the tongue can taste every
Myth#5: Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis.
If this was true, probably a
large number of people today would be suffering from arthritis. Various
researches performed to evaluate the association between osteoarthritis and
cracking-knuckles have confirmed this. Habitual knuckling may not cause
However beware, your hand grip is
compromised. Studies suggest that habitual knuckle crackers are more likely to
develop hand swelling and lower grip strength.
Myth#6: Fingernails and hair continue to grow even after death
Yet another result of a
mis-interpretation, it does appear that the fingernails and hair have turned
long after a person's death, but actually, it is merely the shrinking of the
cuticle which makes it appear so.
Myth#7: You should drink 8 glasses of water a day
This one is probably one of the
most popular myths making rounds. It's true that a good amount of water intake
helps flush out toxins and keep away many diseases, mostly infections, but this
very number was actually nothing but a result of a mis-interpretation of the
word 'fluid' for eight.
Moving on to the facts... •
body is 70% water, and all the atoms in the body are a billion years old. •
average, a human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva during his entire life. •
body sheds off 40 pounds of skin. •
helps cool down the brain •
humans can't swallow and breathe at the same time, babies can, until they are
about nine months of age. •
brain makes up for 2% of the body weight, consumes 20% of the energy needed by
the body, and keeps on growing until the individual turns 18 years of age. •
entire surface area of the lungs is almost equal to the size of a tennis court.