Trivia Tuesday: 30 Useful/Useless Health Facts

Trivia Tuesday: 30 Useful/Useless Health Facts

All the conversation starters you need.

  1. Motorists who talk on cell phones are more impaired than drunk drivers with blood-alcohol levels exceeding .08.
  2. Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.
  3. In some parts of the world, they protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.
  4. The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word gymnazein, which means ‘to exercise naked.’
  5. There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee; of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.
  6. The average American eats at McDonalds more than 1,800 times in his/her life.
  7. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
  8. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  9. It is possible to go blind from smoking too heavily.
  10. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
  11. You are about 1 centimeter taller in the morning than in the evening.
  12. During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food — that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.
  13. Medical researchers contend that no disease ever identified has been completely eradicated.
  14. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
  15. No one seems to know why people blush.
  16. In 1972, a group of scientists reported that you could cure the common cold by freezing the big toe.
  17. The number one cause of blindness in the United States is diabetes.
  18. The adult human heart weighs about ten ounces.
  19. People who laugh a lot are much healthier than those who don’t. Dr. Lee Berk at the Loma Linda School of Public Health in California found that laughing lowers levels of stress hormones, and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds have it best – they laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
  20. People who have a tough time handling the stress of money woes are twice as likely to develop severe gum disease, a new study finds.
  21. Between 25% to 33% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to light.
  22. Of the 206 bones in the average human adult’s body, 106 are in the hands and feet. (54 in the hands and 52 in the feet)
  23. In 1815 French chemist Michael Eugene Chevreul realized the first link between diabetes and sugar metabolism when he discovered that the urine of a diabetic was identical to grape sugar.
  24. Approximately 16 Canadians have their appendices removed, when not required, every day.
  25. Sumerians (from 5000 BC) thought that the liver made blood and the heart was the center of thought.
  26. Men have more blood than women. 1.5 gallons for men versus 0.875 gallons for women.
  27. The first Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages were three inches wide and eighteen inches long. You made your own bandage by cutting off as much as you needed.
  28. The human brain stops growing at the age of 18.
  29. In 1977, a 13 year old child found a tooth growing out of his left foot.
  30. It takes an interaction of 72 different muscles to produce human speech.

Hope all these didn’t leave you speechless.

Thanks to Healthy Magazine for the list.