Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

  1. When you are sitting still, you inhale about twenty times a minute. A sparrow breathes twice as fast.
  2. Think your friend is the world’s best belcher? Think again. An average cow burps two hundred times more gases than a person. Every year North America’s cattle belch about 50 million tons of gases into the air.
  3.  People burp gases like oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. But cattle burp mostly methane, the main ingredient in natural gas. Some people use natural gas to heat their homes. Believe it or not, the methane from ten cows could heat a small house—if only we knew how to collect it.
  4. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa, had the hiccups non-stop for sixty-eight years. They started in 1922, when he was twenty-eight years old, and continued until 1990. For all those years Mr. Osborne hiccupped twenty to forty times a minute. That’s more than 430 million hics!

  5. When a dragonfly hatches, the first thing it does is drop into the water. As it crawls among water plants, it takes in oxygen though gills in its rear end. If an enemy gets too close, the little insect shoots water through its gills, blasting itself out of harm’s way.
Looking for more Gross and Goofy Body facts? Check out my book Blasts of Gas: The Secrets of Breathing, Burping, and Passing Gas. It’s full of weird, wacky, strange, and surprising information about your body and the bodies of other animals.

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