101 interesting body realities

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Interesting Body Realities

The human body is an amazingly complex system. Here are 101 interesting facts about the human body.
Expert botfly squeezers (employed to remove botfly maggots from people) can shoot a botfly from a warble distances of 3 metres (10 feet) or more.

Foods that will make you fart include beans, bran, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and onions.

For a work entitled Self, created in 1991, English sculptor Marc Quinn made a copy of his head, moulded from his own deep-frozen blood. Quinn collected almost 4 litres (8 pints) of his blood over five months, poured it into a mould of his head and froze it.

Girls who made matches in the 1800s often suffered from ‘phossy jaw' – their jaw bones would rot away, poisoned by the phosphorus used to make the matches.

Hair grows all over your body except the palms of your hands, soles of your feet and your lips.

Head lice can change colour to merge in with the hair they are hiding in.

Hookworms can infest people who walk barefoot. They bore through the skin of the feet and travel in the blood to the lungs, where they come out and crawl up to the throat, to be swallowed and start a new life in the gut.

Human hair grows about just over a centimetre (half an inch) a month.

If you could lay out all your blood vessels end to end they would go round the world over twice.

If you could line up all your blood cells all 25 billion of them they would go round the world four times.

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