Anyone who knows me is aware of my fascination with trivia. I am a fierce competitor when it comes to Trivial Pursuit, and every time I get in a taxi in New York City I pray for it to be the Cash Cab from the Discovery Channel’s game show of the same name, where the driver asks random trivia questions en route to your destination, for which you earn money if you answer correctly (that is yet to happen). So when I recently came across an email that included fascinating medical facts from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami, I was so intrigued that I had to share some of his interesting tidbits of info, such as:
• The thinnest skin in the human body is in the upper eyelid.
• The only place in the human body that skin is stuck to skin without any fat or other tissue between them is in the nostril.
• There is a secondary sexual organ in the nose between the nostrils.
• The human liver can regenerate itself if a piece is taken, like a lizard’s tail.
• The second highest concentration of nerves, after the brain, is located in your gut.
• Bright lights can make your nose swell, and so can sexual activity.
• The first rhinoplasty was performed in 500 B.C., in India.
• Fat can easily be turned to stem cells, which means fat can be made to turn into bone and cartilage.
• Every person has a unique “tongue print” just like fingerprints.
• The average human sheds 105 pounds of skin by the time they reach 70 years old.
• The human nose can recognize 50,000 different scents.
• When you sneeze, the droplets can travel speeds of up to 100 miles/hour.
Thanks to Dr. Ghavami and his wisdom of the human body, I am foregoing the subway on my way home tonight in hopes that the Cash Cab picks me up, and the driver asks me questions related to one of these topics. Wish me luck!