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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
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  • A condition known as hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tongue can sometimes reach such extremes that the tongue becomes too large for the mouth and protrudes over the chin, reaching down as far as his chest. This extraordinary enlargement may cause deformity of the teeth and jaw, and may even cause the sufferer to choke on his or her own tongue.

  • One-quarter of all the energy in the United States is used to heat and cool homes and buildings.

  • Children under the age of 6 are at the greatest risk for crushing or burning injuries of the hand.

  • There are no muscles inside the fingers. The muscles which bend the finger joints are located in the palm and up in the mid forearm, and are connected to the finger bones by tendons, which pull on and move the fingers like the strings of a marionette.

  • An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

  • The most sensitive cluster of nerves is at the base of the spine.

  • Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

  • On average, a person farts about 14 times a day. In terms of volume, that's about a half liter of fart gas. This volume does not vary between the sexes. You heard me.

  • A quarter of people who have lit their own farts have burned themselves in the act.

  • The U.S. Treasury used to print a $100,000 bill. This bill displays a portrait of Woodrow Wilson and has the denomination boldly engraved in the corners, as all U.S. bills do. None of this exclusive currency, however, is in circulation. It is only in transactions between the Federal Reserve System and the Treasury Department.


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