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The Body

A Guide for Occupants

by Bill Bryson

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The Body by Bill Bryson
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Trivia about the Human Body

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Human AnatomyBill Bryson's The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an engaging exploration of the human body, packed with interesting trivia about human anatomy. Some of the most memorable facts the author presents are:

  • According to calculations by Britain's Royal Society of Chemistry, 59 elements are needed to construct a human being. Just six of these (carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorous) make up 99.1% of our bodies.
  • Every day between one and five of your 37.2 trillion cells turns cancerous, but your immune system almost always captures and kills the malignant cells.
  • Our skin doesn't have receptors for wetness, only thermal sensors, which is why when you sit down on a wet spot you can't tell if it's truly wet or just cold.
  • Melanin, the molecule responsible for the color of skin, is also responsible for hair color. Melanin production slows as we age, and the hair shaft stops absorbing it for unknown reasons. Each hair follicle then starts producing a small amount of ...

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