10 things you didn’t know about yourself

While brilliant minds try to land used rockets, plan trips to Mars and find the ultimate cure for cancer, here are ten fascinating things you didn’t know about yourself to brighten your day up.


10. You can see a burning candle 2.5Km away

By Cheddarcheez under Creative Commons license (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheddarcheez/)
Source: Cheddarcheez under Creative Commons license (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheddarcheez/)

No, you are not superhuman. Beyond that distance it disappears.


9. 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced every year

Source: http://wallpapercave.com/molecule-wallpaper
Source: http://wallpapercave.com/molecule-wallpaper

Do you know what makes you ‘you’? Your genotype. Thanks to God, your genotype doesn’t get affected by this massive replacement.


8. You eat radioactive food daily

Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Carrot-Rosemary-Potato-Latke-Recipe-20839450
Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Carrot-Rosemary-Potato-Latke-Recipe-20839450

Common food like carrots, potatoes, bananas, peanut butter and red meat contain traces of radioactive elements. Even the water you drink is radioactive. Technically, all food is slightly radioactive.


7. You’ve never touched anything in your life

Source: http://www.italianrenaissance.org/michelangelo-creation-of-adam/
Source: http://www.italianrenaissance.org/michelangelo-creation-of-adam/

Whenever you feel that you are touching something, you are apparently hovering your fingers 1 nanometre above it. Technically, two things can never touch each other. There will always be a repulsive force between them due to the electromagnetic field created by their electrons.


6. Your DNA is 99.9% the same as any person in the world

Source: vitstudio/shutterstock.com
Source: vitstudio/shutterstock.com

Even if you don’t know how a rocket works, you can brag about you having a lot in common with Elon Musk.


5. You share 50% of your DNA with a banana

Source: Kagen McLeod
Source: Kagen McLeod

Even a banana has something in common with Elon Musk, then why can’t you?


4. 99.9% of your body is empty space

Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/229006/anatomy_human_body_nerves.html
Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/229006/anatomy_human_body_nerves.html

Technically, it’s only true in an instant. If you take quantum mechanics into account, the empty space gets replaced by wave functions continuously.


3. Your blood can travel halfway around the Earth in one day

Source: https://www.fi.edu/heart/red-blood-cells
Source: https://www.fi.edu/heart/red-blood-cells

Yes, we humans did the math. In one day, your blood travels around 20,000Km through your body. That is half the distance of Earth’s equator.


2. You are made of star dust

Source: NASA
Source: NASA

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies was made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star-stuff.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos


1. You were Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_(Time_Person_of_the_Year)
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_(Time_Person_of_the_Year)

Yes, you read that right. “You” were chosen in 2006 as Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Its true only if you have contributed content to websites like Wikipedia, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook or your own blog. Go ahead, you can put that on your résumé.


By Anand Baburajan