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Here's some miscellaneous fun and interesting trivia about your general health and body that you may not have known.

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  • Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.  
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.  
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.  
  • All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.  
  • The average human body has 14 to 18 square feet of skin.  
  • The skin of the armpits can harbor up to 516,000 bacteria per square inch, while drier areas, such as the forearm, have only about 13,000 bacteria per square inch.  
  • A bird's eye takes up about 50 percent of its head; our eyes take up about 5 percent of our head. To be comparable to a bird's eyes, the eyes of a human being would have to be the size of baseballs.  
  • A boy’s voice breaks during puberty because his vocal cords are lengthening. Up until that point, girl’s and boy’s vocal cords are the same length.  
  • The strongest bone in the body, the thigh bone, is hollow. Ounce for ounce, it has a greater pressure tolerance and bearing strength than a rod of equivalent size in cast steel.  
  • Most people lose half of their taste buds by sixty years of age.  
  • The average human body holds enough: sulfur to kill all the fleas on an average dog, potassium to fire a toy cannon, carbon to make 900 pencils, fat to make 7 bars of soap, 10 gallons of water, and phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads.  
  • The temporal lobe is the area of the brain that allows humans to hear and understand people speaking.  
  • The average human eyelash lives about 150 days.  
  • The average human has about 10,000 taste buds — however, they're not all on the tongue. Some are under the tongue; some are on the inside of the cheeks; some are on the roof of the mouth. Some can even be found on the lips — these are especially sensitive to salt.  
  • The thumbnail grows the slowest; the middle nail grows the fastest.  
  • The average human scalp contains between 120,000 and 150,000 hairs.  
  • It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.  
  • Like a finger print, every person has a unique tongue print.  
  • The air released from a sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.  
  • The longest word is English language is pneumonoultramiscroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis - an inflammatory lung disease caused by the inhalation of fine silica dust.