17 Freaky Things You Didn’t Know About Your Body
As humans, we know our bodies can be pretty wondrous things. For half of us, they can literally make other people (a mini version, but still). They can take a 12 oz. steak and magically — and deliciously — make it disappear. They also have these neat things called arms, that, when wrapped around another person in a hug, can prompt our bodies to produce the “love hormoneoxytocin
Many of us spend a lot of time to taking care of our bodies by eating right, exercising, and even grooming enough to put a certain K-named reality star to shame. But while these habits can make you beam with pride, when we get right down to it, they can’t erase the fact that our bodies are actually really pretty gross. It’s an undeniable fact.
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So let’s break down the 17 different ways our bodies are quite freaky, using a top-down approach. Warning: if you’re about to start eating, you might want to put it off until you’re finished this article…
Your Hair Is Falling Out
For some of us, our hair is intrinsically linked to our personal identity, and we spend a lot of time and money caring for its every need (real or imagined). But the fact is, even with all that TLC, 60-100 strands of hair fall out of our heads every day, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
…But At Least It’s Super Strong
The grossest part is when you try — and fail — to pull that wet, slimy gunk out of your shower drain. (Those with long hair, can I hear a “heck yeah!”) Here’s the thing: your hair is mostly protein, i.e. a bunch of amino acids linked together which form a crazy-strong chain called keratin. The bonds between these amino acids are so hard to break that sometimes harsh chemicals, like those found in pipe-cleaning products and hair depilatories, need to be called in to get the job done. Uh, that’s strong.
There Are Mites Living in Your Eyelashes
One of the latest beauty treatments to appear in North America in the last few years are eyelash extensions — because, why not? Long eyelashes supposedly = beauty + youth – at least, until you learn about the creatures that like to live in those luscious lashes.
Eyelashes are home to parasitic mites called Demodex folliculorum, which like to burrow deep into the hair follicle. These microscopic beasts live off dead skin cells, dirt, and oil –and they’re extra fond of old makeup. What’s creepier is 95% of the population has them and there’s little we can do about it. Gag.