The human body is a very complicated (and weird) piece of work and often leads to lots of questions. We know more about lots of things but to the average person, the human body is an enigma. Following are ten weird human body questions answered.
1. Why do I get a brain freeze after drinking cold drinks?
A brain freeze is the painful headache-like feeling that occurs after drinking a cold beverage or eating a cold snack (usually if eaten too quickly). A brain freeze is the reaction the human body has when the body is sent a message of extreme cold in your mouth and blood vessels swell up to increase heat in the human body – causing the brain freeze phenomenon.
2. Why do teens have a growth spurt?
Teen growth spurts (also known as puberty) refers to the rapid growth teens go through when their bodies are at its most awkward stage. Growth spurts are usually thought of as a teen phenomenon but the infant body goes through this phenomenon first. Teenage growth spurts occur to prepare teens for reproduction and is result of these changes.
3. Why do I feel the urge to yawn after someone else does?
This has been a burning question in the human mind for eons and even though no one is absolutely sure why one feels compelled to yawn after someone else yawns; it’s believed that human body subconsciously mimics the bodily actions of other humans. This seems like a load of crud, but let me ask you this question; have you ever yawned after someone behind you yawned, or do you only yawn after seeing another human yawn first?
4. Where does morning breath come from?
Morning breath is the very noticeable bad breath that occurs in the morning after sleeping. It’s a fact that morning breath exists, but where does it come from and where was it hiding all day? While awake the human body is more active and saliva is pumped through the mouth more frequently. While asleep the human body goes on a little bit of a break and the human mouth dries up, letting bacteria and germs have a warm and dry party in your mouth. When you open your mouth after sleeping you’re exposing the smell of those dried up germs and bacteria to the world – and it stinks.
5. If guys can’t breast feed; why do they have nipples?
This question is one of those brain busters that has everyone going WTF? If men don’t have mammary glands then why do we have these chest knobs hanging from our male tits? Well, the fact of the matter is that the human males were all chicks first. While in our embryonic state humans start off as woman until those male chromosomes start to convert us to the dark side; thus leaving the male body with two boob ornaments.
6. Beans: Why is it that the more I eat them, the more I fart?
Beans, beans, good for your heart. The more you eat them, the more you fart. But the question is why? It’s a scientific fact that eating beans helps to get the human butt a-rumbling, but the main reason is because beans have huge “flatulent factors”. There are sugars in beans that can’t be digested by the human body, and what can’t stay in; must come out (usually more silent and deadly than it went in).
7. What’s the strongest muscle in the human body?
Having four children, a question like this is asked about once a day. Is the strongest muscle in the human body the chest, butt, legs, or biceps? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong; the answer to this question is in fact your “awesome” gland. Honestly, this question is very debatable because muscles don’t work alone and there is no one “strongest” quotient to rate human muscles with. Though, muscles in the human body are hard to rate, the strongest proportional muscle in the human body is your tongue (for its size and strength).
8. Why do I get all wrinkly in the bath tub?
It’s a well known fact that when you get out of the bath tub, you’re given a quick glimpse of what your body will look like when you’re 90 – yikes. The answer to this often asked question is a bit technical so bare with me. The fact of the matter is that the human body has a special water resistant oil pumping gland called called the sebaceous gland that seeps sebum through your pores and when you spend a long time in water, your sebum is rinsed off and your skin goes all “grandma grandpa” on you [ok it wasn’t that technical].
9. Why do my feet fall asleep?
Is my foot tired? Then why does it go to sleep all the time? Your foot doesn’t go to sleep, in fact it’s actively trying to bring blood circulation back to your feet when you get that tingly annoying sensation in your legs. The blood circulation in your legs is easily cut off due to the way we sit and happen all too often.
10. What good are hiccups?
Hiccups are annoying and seem to serve no purpose at all, so why do they exist? Hiccups are involuntary (no duh) contractions that usually occur when the human body is trying to protect itself and get food and gas out of the stomach. Hiccups actually help fight off irregularities with the diaphragm and the annoying phenomenon only lasts for a few minutes (hopefully).
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