Monday, March 31, 2014

The Health Patrol with Mitch Rangler: Strange But True Facts About Your Body.....


with Mitch Rangler

I've spent decades learning the intricacies of the human body. As a fully apprenticed practitioner of Nutritionopathy, meaning I trained under experts in the field with literally centuries of combined experience in Europe, it's my job to know how things work and what to do about it when they don't. Like rubbing swamp cabbage on a dislocated plectum. 

A lot of people think they know themselves inside and out, but most people don't know squat. Here are ten strange but true facts about our bodies that I've learned over the years:

1. Did you know that the human eye is more than just a window to the soul. Each eye is unique. Inside of each and every eye is a small camera that focuses, adjusts for the environmental conditions, and uses a flash when necessary. 

2. The average man has over 50 pounds of fecal matter in his large intestine. If everybody ate more fiber, there wouldn't be an obesity epidemic. We aren't sure how much stool is in most women's intestines. Some experts say a lot. I disagree.

3. An infant's fingerprints don't develop until they are almost a year old. This is why so many of their crimes remain unsolved. That and their ability to blend into almost any environment and fit through any opening larger than their head. 

This baby murderer evaded detection for nearly eleven hours!
4. The small intestine is coiled up like a long rope in your abdominal cavity. If it was completely unwound it would fill a bucket 6.4e-50 the size of Jupiter.

5. Humans aren't as hairy as cats, or even a marmoset, but we still have over a million hairs follicles per square inch of skin. During times of stress, such as illness or an interview for a new job, humans are known to grow over an inch of hair an hour.

6. The 538th leading cause of death in humans is when the brain squirts out of our ears during a hard sneeze.

Artist rendering of hypothetical spleen
7. Our organs are each designed for specific purposes to help keep our bodies running smoothly. But did you know that we still don't know what or where the spleen is. Many experts don't even believe it exists. Others do.

8. You are what you eat according to experts. But do they really mean it? That's hard to believe because I eat a lot of prunes. I'm wrinkly, but isn't there more to being a prune than that?

9. If you plugged your brain into a computer, would you be able to download your personality? Or is it upload? Why does everyone keep telling me I need an email? 

Tiny vibration sensing hairs in the human nose
10. The human nose can differentiate thousands of different smells. Blind people can develop their sense of smell so much that some have been known to use it for navigation. One famous blind man could even drive while sticking his head out of the window.

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