Saturday, January 10, 2009

Funny "facts"

(taken from "Your Skin Weighs More Than Your Brain" by Barbara Seuling)

We have been taking little snippets from this book at bedtime - to stimulate fun for learning about the human body. It is always a great way to remind the kids that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made"
Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
  1. The strongest bone in your body is your thigh bone, or femur. It is stronger than concrete. [struck a chord with us - we have been doing a lot of concrete]
  2. Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks - seven. Giraffes' neck vertebrae are just much, much longer. [didn't know that - cool!]
  3. A person in bare feet leaves such a strong scent in his or her footprints that it is possible for another person to follow his or her trail. [ummm - does that mean I have to *sniff* for them?]
  4. The added stress of lots of physical activity causes bones to grow thicker and stronger. On the other hand, lack of physical activity results in bones getting thinner and weaker. [good arguing point for the wii fit or guitar hero :) side note on guitar hero ... do you like it if you have it? We were in Best B*uy the other night and it actually looks kind of fun. I would be ALL over the drums, though. The guitar doesn't even tempt me - should have been named drum hero.]
  5. By the end of the day, a person has shrunk about 1 inch - temporarily. The next morning, a person is back to his or her old height again. [please measure me at night :)]
  6. Your skin weighs more than twice as much as your brain. [that means that my brain weighs 1/2 of my skin = my brain is big!]
  7. You use about 43 muscles to frown. You use just 17 to smile. [that's because it is hard to smile while you are exercising - see #4 above]
  8. A 3-month-old fetus (in utero child) already has a distinctive set of fingerprints. [fearfully and wonderfully made]
  9. No two sets of fingerprints are alike. Even identical twins have different fingerprints. [didn't know that either]
  10. An average adult has more than 5 million hair follicles. About 100,000 of them are on the head. [If you are having trouble thinking of how HUGE God is ... just multiply that number by the number of adults ... and factor in Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.]
  11. Pain signals travel to the brain more slowly than other touch signals do.
  12. Your brain stops growing at about 15 years old. [maybe why teenagers think they know everything?]
  13. Your brain is more active at night than during the day. [!!!! Go figure.]
  14. You use 200 muscles to take one step. You use 300 to stand still. [now, how does that compute with #4 above? Wouldn't that stand to reason that standing still would make your muscles stronger?]
  15. You use 72 muscles just to speak one word. [Now that explains a lot]
  16. As you get older, you will lose your sense of smell before any of your other senses. [whew - can I get an amen!]
  17. You will spend about 0ne-third of your life asleep.
  18. Your eyes are the same size at birth as they are the rest of your life. [cool!]
  19. Every person has a unique tongue print. [really?? Probably more convenient to do finger printing, huh?]
  20. A 6-year-old laughs about 300 times per day. An adult laughs about 17 times per day. [ there's something wrong with us adults, y'all. This is a good reminder to not take life so seriously - to laugh more. Just this morning, John and I were talking about this and just did a half-hearted "HA" - that alone made us really laugh. It's easier to laugh than you think - try it!]
This book is a fun read - a lot of interesting things in it. I have always had an interest in biology and physiology, so it is right up my alley. The kids are enjoying it, too.


  1. I love this! I read it out loud to my family and they got a kick out of it too. The most interesting was the fact about the girraffes having the same number of vertabrae as we do. I love how you mixed in the scriptures with it. I especially love the note about the hairs on our head. God is so good!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great facts. I'm prining this out to share with our 9 year old grandson when he comes over Wednesday. This type information is right up his alley. Thanks for sharing. How could anyone NOT believe in God?!

  3. Fun stuff!! Your comments were fun too! I read recently that there are some people that don't have finger prints. Weird, huh? I like the fact about laughter....I always get some good laughs when I talk to you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

  4. These are fun to read. 300 muscles to stand hard to believe!


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