Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

  1. Most adult noses run between 1 and 2 inches (2.5 and 5 centimeters) long, but the world’s hugest honker is nearly 3.5 inches (9 cm) long. It belongs to Mehmet Ozyurek of Turkey.
  2. In just one day most people produce enough snot to fill a 1-liter soda bottle.
  3. Most people can smell between three thousand and ten thousand different odors, but they don’t always agree on what smells good and what smells bad. Ever caught a whiff of a skunk’s stinky spray? You probably wanted to gag. But some people don’t mind the scent at all.
  4. Right now, the two sides of your nose aren’t taking in equal amounts of air. And they aren’t smelling in exactly the same way. When the left side of your nose is inhaling lots of air, your right side is taking a break. And when the right side of your nose picks up its pace, your left side gets to relax.

  5. When you breathe normally, as little as 2 percent of the air you inhale passes over the postage-stamp-size area in your nose where smelling occurs.
Looking for more Gross & Goofy Body facts? Check out my book Up Your Nose: The Secrets of Schnozes and Snouts. It’s full of weird, wacky, strange, and surprising information about your body and the bodies of other animals.

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