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Have you ever thought about the incredible abilities of the human body? Perhaps many of us take it for granted, but when you stop and think about what’s taking place every single day, we’re all superheroes.
Below are 5 lesser-known but absolutely mind blowing talents of the human body sure to make you smile.
1. Scent memory
The human brain remembers up to 50,000 different scents and those scents can trigger significant memory recall of certain moments, people, places, and other experiences.
Researchers have found that memories associated with a scent almost literally get “etched” into the brain and can be more vivid and emotional than others. This explains why memories of your sweet great aunt come flooding in when you pass her favorite perfume in the store.
Moral: Soak in the sweet smells to savor the sweet moments.
2. The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone
Ounce for ounce, bone is stronger than steel or concrete. The thigh bone, also known as the femur, is the longest bone in the body and carries the weight of the entire body during movement. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, a typical healthy female adult has a femur that can support 30 times her body weight.
Moral: Use your leg strength whenever possible.
3. A total eclipse of the heart
The heart muscle knows how to kick in to high gear when it comes to pumping. The pressure in the heart is enough to cause blood to spurt up to 30 feet, which is impressive given the relative size of the muscle itself. Based on your activity, the heart will pump between one and seven gallons of blood per minute and up to 2,000 gallons in a day.
Moral: That subtle heartbeat we feel is doing some heavy duty work.
4. Come together right now over me
A newborn baby is born with nearly 300 bones but by the time she grows in to an adult, nearly one-third will have fused together to leave her with 206 total. A large portion of these bones are in the skull where 26 cranial and facial bones fuse together as the child develops. A baby’s fontanelles, or soft spot, is where fibrous membranes join the bones as they wait to fuse.
Moral: When Alex asks about the number of bones in the human body during Jeopardy, ask for age clarification.
5. It’s like a snowflake
When we think of unique identifying body parts, most people think of the fingerprints. There’s another “print” that is unique to every person–your tongue print. Even identical twins have different tongue prints.
Of course this one hits closer to home for us in the dental world. We already love that the tongue wears many hats including helping us eat, talk, and express ourselves through funny faces, but it can also set us apart through its various ridges and texture.
Moral: If you ever need reminding you’re a uniquely special person, look in the mirror and stick out your tongue while saying “ahhh.”
Changing Lives, One Smile at a Time
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, practicing in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking. Follow Burba Dental Partners on Twitter and Facebook.