Mar 10, 2009

Amazing Facts About Humans | interesting facts

Some interesting facts about the human body and great people.

1. Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, named the greatest Filipino athlete of all time by Philippine Congress, was also inducted into the International Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO. He is bowling world champion in 4 different decades (1970s,1980s, 1990s, and 2000s)
2. Blood vessels of one human being, if laid end to end, would encircle the globe twice over.
3. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippine National Hero, could read and write at age two and grew up to speak more than 20 languages including Latin, German, French, Chinese and Japanese.
4. Muscles produce enough heat to boil one liter of water for an hour - that's what shivering is all about.
5. David Blaine spent over 60 hours frozen in a block of ice in Time Square, New York in 2000. In 2002, he spent 35 hours without food or water perched atop a 10-storey-tall pillar in a New York park. And in 2003, he spent 44 days without food in a glass box suspended thirty feet in the air in London.
6. Would you believe that the largest ovarian cyst weighed 134 kg? It had to be carried out of the operating room on a trolley.
7. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit his 400th career homerun in 2005 making him the youngest player in MLB history to pass that milestone at the age of 29.
8. Most people shed 40 lb of skin in a lifetime.
9. Jack Nicklaus, a Pro golfer, had won the most major championships with 18.
10. The brain consumes about 20 percent of the oxygen that your body takes in, even when asleep - it never rests.
11. Pete Sampras holds record of most number of All-Time Grand Slam singles win with a total of 14.
12. The Deoxyribonucleic Acid or DNA in a single human cell is 37 meters long when unraveled.
13. LeBron James is the youngest-ever NBA All-Star MVP in 2006.
14. Hair grows faster in the summer than in winter, just like the nails do
15. Jeff Gordon is four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion. At 16, he was the youngest person ever granted a racing license by the United States Auto Club (USAC)
16. A Russian woman, between the years 1725 and 1765, produced 69 children including 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
17. The baseball player with most homeruns is Hank Aaron with 755 career homeruns while Nolan Ryan has the most strikeouts with 5,714 career strikeouts and Pete Rose has the most hits with 4,256 career hits.
18. Every four days, the world's population increases by one million people. Then why is it that the world is not yet filled with people? Of course not, people are dying as well.
19. The All-Time NBA record for career points is Kareem Abdul-Jabar with 38,387 while record for career assists is John Stockton with 15,806. The rebound king is Wilt Chamberlain with 23,924 and the 3-points king is Reggie Miller with 2,560.
20. There's no reason to be sad during your birthday even if you're alone. Just bear in mind that there are ten million people around the world celebrating their birthday on the same day as you.
21. Omar Bongo, Gabon's President since 1967, is Africa's longest serving head of state.
22. Podiatrist is one who specializes in treatment of foot problems and an internist is one who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of all forms of adult diseases.
23. James Garfield, who shares his last name with a feline cartoon character, is an ambidextrous president. He could write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other at the same time.
24. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide with 13% of all causes followed by stroke with 10%.
25. Harry Truman's middle name was just a single letter, representing the middle names of both his grandfathers. He became president in 1945.


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