All Hands on Deck!

Happy Friday! Since there are so many fun facts about hands, we’ve decided to compile them all into one big interesting post! Read and Enjoy.

Here’s one you might have already experienced: Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

But did you know that the pink under your fingernails is the blood in your capillaries? You did?

Okay how about this: 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.

Here’s food for thought: About a quarter of the motor cortex in the human brain (the part of the brain which controls all movement in the body) is devoted to the muscles of the hands.

Last but not least, did you know that the wrinkles on the back of the finger knuckles are actually dimples? They mark areas where the skin is attached to the tendon beneath the skin.

Now you’ll know the back of your hand a little better than you did before!

Do you really wake up to the smell of coffee?

Here’s our Fun Fact of the Day: You have no sense of smell when you’re sleeping!

It’s true. Scientists have tested it with the foulest and strongest of smells. Try it out yourself! Just be very careful when doing so because although subjects were unresponsive to smells, scientists found that they were still sensitive to hearing!

Here’s a Strange Thought

Ever thought of how many miles our nervous system would be if we were to line them up from end to end?

Here’s our Fun Fact of the Day: The human body has 45 miles of nerves.

Forty-three pairs of nerves connect the central nervous system to every part of the body. Twelve pairs go to and from the brain, and 31 go from the spinal cord.

Feet First!

Here’s another fun fact for you: There are 206 bones in the human body.  One fourth of them are in your feet!

The muscles in our feet are too often overlooked. Think about all the things you do on your feet. Can you imagine life without them? Take a minute out of your day to appreciate them and all the hard work they go through by treating yourself to a foot massage.  Better yet, spend some time bonding with your spouse, your kids, or even a friend and have a foot massaging party! You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel when you start taking care of yourself from the bottom up.