Sunday, August 21, 2016
-More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.
-Your heart beats 100 000 times a day.
-A fetus only acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.
-Guys are more likely than girls (by a ratio of 3-to-2) to have bad acne.
-We share 98.4% of our DNA with a chimp - and 70% with a slug.
-Human fetuses react to loud rock music by kicking.
-At just 12 weeks the human fetus can scowl and squint.
-If you remove the minerals from a bone by soaking it overnight in a six percent solution of hydrochloric acid, it will become so soft, you could tie it in a knot.
-One person in 20 has an extra rib, and they are most often men.
-When you were born, you had 300 bones. Now you have 206, if you are an adult. The rest of the bones have not disappeared – they have merely fused together.
-The female egg cell is the largest cell in the human body. It is about 175 000 times heavier than the smallest cell, the male sperm cell.
-The average person has about 100 000 scalp hairs.
-When you look at an object, the image of that object appears upside down on your retina. However, your brain automatically corrects for this, allowing you to perceive the object the right side up.
-Enamel, found on our teeth, is the hardest substance in the human body.
-Aspirin and alcoholcan be absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the stomach lining.
-The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and more pressure-sensitive nerve endings per square inch than any other part of your body.
-Like fingerprints, every person has a unique tongue print.
-The kidneys filter your blood up to 300 times per day.
-During the first six weeks of life, there is no difference between the male and female embryo.
-Human fingers stretch and bend about 25 million times in a normal lifetime.
-The human body contains 30 000 billion red blood cells.
-Tooth decay has led to 60 percent of adult Americans losing their upper right, middle molar.
Source: The People's Almanac 2
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said that pregnant women might also consider avoiding all of Miami-Dade County. This is in addition to a previously identified area of transmission north of downtown Miami.
The agency advised those pregnant woman who have traveled to this area since July 14 should talk to their health care providers about testing, and anyone with a partner who is pregnant should follow recommendations to prevent sexual transmission of the virus.
Earlier Rick Scott, governor of Florida, said state health officials have identified five cases of Zika believed to have been contracted in Miami Beach.
"This means we believe we have a new area where local transmissions are occurring in Miami Beach," he said, noting that Florida had already stepped up pesticide-spraying efforts in this area.
Of the five new cases in Miami Beach, one person is a resident of New York, one person is a resident of Texas and one person is a resident of Taiwan.
"All three of these people travelled to Miami," Scott said.
Pregnant women are at greatest risk because the virus can have devastating consequences for an unborn baby, including the birth defect microcephaly and other neurological deficits, as well as miscarriage and stillbirth among women who were infected while pregnant.