Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

  • Sneezing is your nose’s way of ousting irritating invaders—like pepper, dust, germs, and even itty-bitty bugs. It’s just one of many built-in defense systems that protects your delicate insides and keeps you healthy. Your body’s other dutiful defenders include earwax, vomit, boogers, and spit.
  • Don’t worry if your pet iguana sneezes. It’s just getting rid of extra salts that have built up inside its body.
  • Each sneeze thrusts about 40,000 tiny droplets of spit and snot out of your body. The spray explodes out of your nose and mouth at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and may travel as far as 30 feet. It’s a quick, easy way to get irritating invaders out of your body.
  • When Donna Griffiths was twelve years old, she started sneezing. And she didn’t stop for almost 3 years! Doctors estimate that she sneezed more than 300,000 times in a row.

  • When you cough, air bursts out of your body at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour. Sometimes people cough so hard that they break one of their ribs.

  • Looking for more Gross and Goofy Body facts? Check out my book Germ Wars: The Secrets of Fighting Invaders. It’s full of weird, wacky, strange, and surprising information about your body and the bodies of other animals.


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