To say the human body is utterly incredible would be the understatement of the century. And that’s because it has all kinds of impressive functions that work together in order to keep our bodies running as smoothly as possible.
Unfortunately though, modern humans have become highly sensitive over hundreds of years, and tend to be disgusted at the most natural and ultimately beneficial processes that occur in our bodies.
The fact of the matter is, keeping our bodies going requires a whole host of bizarre, unpleasant and just downright revolting processes. But hey, the human body needs all of these functions in order to protect us as best it can. So, don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Here are 14 of the most revolting facts about the human body which may just leave you feeling a little nauseous.
1. The shedding of human skin
If you thought it was just snakes that shed their skin, boy were you wrong! Every hour, humans shed 600,000 skin cells in the form of a tiny, often undetectable dandruff-like substance.
In fact, by the time you reach the age of 70, you will have lost about 105 lbs of your skin over your lifetime. However, your dead skin cells are constantly being replaced with new ones if that’s any consolation.
2. Bacteria in the mouth
There are approximately 700 species of bacteria that live in your mouth. And if that doesn’t sound icky enough, then get a load of this: there are more bacteria living in your mouth than there are people in the world!
According to Ann Wei, a prosthodontist: “In an unbrushed mouth, there can be as many germs as a dirty bathroom floor.” So, remember that the next time you decide to go to bed without brushing your teeth. It’s not as harmless as you think it is.
3. Flatulence – is it worse in men or in women?
Flatulence is at its peak odor twice in a day: five hours after you eat lunch and five hours after you eat dinner.
While this is hardly the shock of the century, what you may be surprised to learn is that women’s flatulence has more hydrogen sulfide meaning that it tends to smell worse than that of their male counterparts. On the flipside, men tend to to produce more flatulence throughout the day.
4. Holding in a sneeze could be fatal
We’ve all been in a situation where we have tried to hold in a sneeze. However, doing just that can be more than just counterproductive, it could even be fatal. If you’re one of the extremely unfortunate few, there is a chance that suppressing a sneeze could burst a vessel in your head or neck which could kill you.
So, unless you have a bit of a death wish, just let it all out!
5. Swallowing snot
On average, the human nose produces a liter of snot every day. And because most of the mucus is held in the gastrointestinal tract, it’s pretty much inevitable for us to swallow it.
6. Expandable foreskin
Foreskin can be expanded to a considerable extent – provided it is grown in a laboratory. It can go from being the size of a postal stamp to the size of three basketball courts in just 21 days.
But how so? Well, using “nutrition” and “division” methods, foreskin is made to grow in labs and is then used for skin grafts for burn victims.
7. Breasts don’t just come in pairs
The woman above may have an ordinary, albeit lovely, pair of breasts, but as it turns out, not everyone does. An extremely tiny minority of people, primarily women, are born with a condition called polymastia meaning that they are born with more than two breasts.
The bizarre thing is, these breasts don’t necessarily grow on the chest. They grow along the mammary ridges which is anywhere on the body from the underarms to the thighs.
8. Vomiting Feces
I think we can all agree, no matter how tolerant and easygoing we claim to be, that both defecating and vomiting are just plain revolting. However, it gets much worse – fecal vomiting AKA corpremesis, is a very real body function that can affect anyone.
So, how does it happen? Well, it normally occurs when something obstructs processes that occur in the bowels. This can cause the gastric muscles to contract, expelling feces out of the mouth.
9. Nobody wants wet earwax
People can have both wet and dry earwax – both are completely normal. The type of earwax that you develop depends entirely on your DNA.
However, if you had a choice, you’d probably rather be born with dry earwax. And that’s because people with wet earwax sweat more from their underarms. This gives bacteria a larger breeding ground, and increases the chance of you having particularly foul-smelling pits.
10. Sweaty feet
Now, aside from those with foot fetishes, the feet are generally not considered the most appealing part of the human body. However, they’re still relatively small so how odorous could they really be?
Well, every pair of adult feet has about 500,000 sweat glands, and these produce about one pint of sweat a day. While the actual sweat doesn’t smell, the bacteria that live and breed there do. So, unless you’re washing your feet multiple times throughout the day, the chances are your feet stink!
11. A posthumous erection
Now, this one is pretty morbid, but also extremely bizarre. If a man dies on his side or on his face, he could get an erection which can sustain well after he has died.
The phenomenon is known as “angel lust”, and is caused by blood settling in the crotch area, which in turn causes swelling.
12. Urine in the mouth
When people urinate, a very small amount of urine can appear in the mouth.
How does it get there, you ask? Well, it would have travelled from the saliva glands. This one may seem pretty farfetched because you’d never believe that the processes occurring in the mouth could be connected with those occurring in the bladder. But it’s true!
And it’s actually nowhere near as disgusting as you think – healthy urine is generally cleaner than saliva because it doesn’t contain any bacteria.
13. Using Q-tips
Earwax is pretty nasty. I mean, it’s a sticky brown substance, it doesn’t get much worse than that. That’s why us humans are always so desperate to get rid of it by any means possible.
However, we are wrong to be wary of it because it is a very vital substance. It helps protect the inside of your ears from debris and dust. So if you value your ability to hear, you should value your earwax.
While earwax is self-cleaning, using Q-tips can push the earwax deeper into the ear where it is unable to retain its self-cleaning function. This could lead to infection and a hell of a lot of pain.
14. Tiny bugs live in your eyelashes
A number of people have tiny microscopic mites that dwell in their eyelashes. They tend to develop in the hair follicles and pores of the face, especially eyelashes. And that’s not even the worst of it – once there, they feed on your dead skin cells.
So there you have it, all the information needed to make you feel nauseous about your own body. But hey, we’re all in the same boat – our bodies are all as revolting as each other’s.
In all seriousness, there is really nothing to be disgusted about – these vital processes are totally natural and help to keep you alive. So, the next time someone sneezes, and their snot goes flying across the room, be thankful for you own mucus – it does wonders for your body!