Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Fun: Five Gross & Goofy Body Facts

  1. At traditional Greek weddings, people spit on the bride’s dress to wish her a happy marriage.

  2. Members of the Maasai tribe in Tanzania, Africa, spit on newborn babies to wish them a long, healthy life.

  3. A gob of gooey spit can turn a baseball into a deadly weapon. Depending on how much slobber a pitcher uses and how he throws the ball, a spitball can dart wildly up, down, or diagonally. That makes it very hard to hit. Spitballs were officially banned from baseball in 1920 after New York Yankee Carl Mays threw a pitch that hit Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman in the head and killed him.

  4. In 2007, bus drivers in London, England, began carrying spit kits. When an angry passenger spits, the driver collects the saliva and turns it into the police. Then police compare the sample to records in their DNA database. If there’s a match, police track down the spitter and charge him or her with assault.

  5. If you spit in zero gravity, your slimy saliva will fly off into space. It might even smack someone else in the face. Luckily, researchers invented NASAdent, a foamless toothpaste that astronauts can swallow. NASAdent is also perfect for hospital patients who have to brush their teeth lying down.
Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my new book It’s Spit-Acular: The Secrets of Saliva.

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