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3. An adult has fewer bones than a baby. We start
off life with 350 bones, but because bones fuse
together during growth, we end up with only
206 as adults. Did you know that you get a new
stomach lining every three to four days? If you
didn't, the strong acids your stomach uses to
digest food would also digest your stomach.
4. Our nose is not as sensitive as a dog's, but it can
remember 50,000 different scents.
5. The small intestine is about four times as long as
the average adult is tall. If it weren't looped back
and forth upon itself, its length of 18 to 23 feet
wouldn't fit into the abdominal cavity, making
things rather messy.
6. The source of smelly feet like smelly armpits, is
sweat. And people sweat buckets from their feet.
A pair of feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can
produce more than a pint of sweat a day.
7. The air from a human sneeze can travel at speeds
of 100 miles per hour or more -- another good
reason to cover your nose and mouth when you
sneeze -- or duck when you hear one coming your
way.
8. Multiple sclerosis (MS) occurs much less frequently
in tropical and semitropical areas than in cold
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parts of the world. You can even map it out by
latitudes. No one knows exactly why cold weather
and MS go together. One theory advanced in The
China Study holds that it may have to do with the
consumption of dairy products, which is more
common in colder than hotter parts of the world.
Others suggest it may be that MS is genetic.
9. Very low cholesterol levels are associated with
violence. According to Golomb and colleagues in
their study of 79,777 patients, violent criminals
had a much lower level of cholesterol than
non-violent individuals. Low cholesterol is also
associated with higher rates of suicide. In a study
of monkeys, low cholesterol was also linked to
aggressive behaviours.
10. Some drugs that treat restless leg syndrome have a
side effect of compulsive gambling. Dopaminergic
agents that treat a variety of conditions, including
restless leg syndrome, can cause otherwise
ordinary people to become gambling addicts.
Physicians do not always warn patients about
this potential side effect, and patients and their
families do not associate it with drug therapy.
If you take any new medications, read the label
for potential side effects. Gambling may be one
of them! No one clearly understands why this
happens.