You have more than five senses
Contrary to what has been taught for a longtime, you have more than 5 senses. An example: close your eyes and touch your nose. While doing that, your five senses won’t be of much use. When you’re able to do that, it’s thanks to your so called proprioceptive aptitude that detects where your body parts are in relation to each other when your eyes are closed or when you’re for example somewhere in the dark. This meta sense combines the knowledge of the brains and what the muscles are doing with a sense of the size and shape of your body.
The largest molecule on earth is located … inside your body
Just about everything in life is composed of molecules which range in size from a simple pair of atoms, such as oxygen, to complex organic structures. The largest molecule in nature however is located inside our body, namely the chromosome 1. A normal human cell has 23 pairs of chromosomes in its nucleus, each having a separate, very long DNA molecule. Chromosome 1 is the largest with about 10 billion atoms. Scary fact: there are 890 known diseases associated with this chromosome.
You are as old as the stars
First of all: girls, please take no offense in this. What we’re trying to say here is that every atom in your body is billions of years old. Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe and an important substance in the body, was created during the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. Heavier atoms such as oxygen and carbon formed in the stars between 7 and 12 billion years ago and were catapulted into space when the stars exploded. No, we where unable to verify this theory (insert grin here).
You will not explode in space
If you would believe science fiction films, terrible things happen when someone without a spacesuit ends up space. That is largely fiction. As the air expands within the body, it causes an unpleasant feeling at most. And although liquids start cooking in a vacuum, your blood keeps circulating under pressure from the circulatory system. The only thing that eventually will lead to your dead in space is… a lack of air.
You’re constantly cheated upon
The image we have of the world is artificial. Our brains do not reproduce the same image of the world as a video or camera. The contrast brains construct a model of the world based on information measured through light, shadow, outlines, curves, … and processes this information in our brain. A disadvantage is that our eyes are easily fooled. TV, films and optical illusions work just because they mislead the brain about what the eye sees. The proof is in the pudding: Google for ‘Kitaoka circles’ and experience to what optical trickery your eyes and mind are capable of.