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Fun facts about your body L et’s learn some fun facts about the human body. Your body is weird, wacky and wonderful and it holds some surprising facts! • Your brain uses more than one-fourth of the oxygen you breathe in. • Your heart beats around 100,000 times each day. That’s 36.5 million times a year! • The left side of your body is controlled by the right side of your brain while the right side of your body is controlled by the left side of your brain. • It takes your body about 12 hours to completely digest the food you eat. • Your sense of smell is around 10,000 times more sensitive than your sense of taste. • Your funny bone isn’t a bone at all. It’s a nerve that runs just under your skin in each elbow. • Your nose and ears never stop growing. • The average human will shed more than 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime. • When you were born, you had more than 300 bones. As you got older, some of those bones grew together. As a result, grown-ups only have 206 bones. • You cannot tickle yourself no matter how hard you try. Why not? Your brain predicts the tickle from information it already has, like how your fingers are moving, which arm you’re using, etc. Because your body knows and can feel where the tickle is coming from, your brain doesn’t respond the same way as when someone else is doing the tickling. • The smallest bone found in your body is located in the middle ear. The stirrup bone measures just one-tenth of an inch long. The longest bone in your body? Your thigh bone — the femur — is about one-fourth of your height. It’s also stronger than concrete! • Babies are born without kneecaps. Instead, they have cartilage until their kneecaps harden, which happens between the ages of 2 to 6 years old. • The human sneeze usually exceeds 100 mph, while coughs clock in around 60 mph — both are good reasons to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough! For more fun facts about your body, check out: • • Buddy Bear’s Word Watch T ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. You read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, look them up in a dictionary to learn what they mean. Then send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Deadline to enter is June 10. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be handwritten by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? 1) behemoth 2) Herculean 3) magnitude Congratulations to this month’s word winners: Robert Patterson, Steven Newswanger and Suzannah Taylor The incredible human machine: YOU! 38 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - June 2011

Rural Missouri - June 2011
In the beginning
The Missouri Lyon hunt
Mail Bag
Beaver Creek Paylake & Fish Fry
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
In the middle of everywhere
Around Missouri
Restoring Stover

Rural Missouri - June 2011