Monday, August 18, 2008

Superhero Material?

I've been thinking about superheroes lately. Some of my favorites are Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and the X-Men. Then there's the Bionic Woman (old school - not the new show from last season) and Wonder Woman. I loved Wonder Woman! I always wished I had those deflective arm bands, and that lasso of truth was just the coolest. Oh, and Greatest American Hero was...well, OK, that guy maybe wasn't so impressive, superheroically speaking, but he was a favorite of mine, too.

Anyway, that got me to thinking about all the odd but interesting things the human body can do. And that got me to thinking that maybe all these super dudes and dudettes may have superpowers based in a teensy bit of fact. So, I did a little digging, and I have for you a list of:

Six Superhero-Like Things You May Not Know About the Human Body

Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long. (Ouch! I wonder if that's where they got the idea for Wolverine?)

Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil. (Hmmm... LavaGirl comes to mind...)

It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body. (Flash Gordon inspiration, perhaps?)

In one hour, your heart works hard enough to produce the equivalent energy to raise almost one ton of weight one yard off the ground. (Superman, anyone? Or the Incredible Hulk, maybe?)

The tooth is the only part of the human body that can't repair itself. (Ahhh, so an Achilles' Heel of sorts - or the whole Superman/Kryptonite deal.)

The human nose can remember 50,000 different smells. (If there isn't a superhero with a super smeller, there should be!)

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Got any more superhero-esque human body facts? Drop me a comment and let me know!



  1. I think I give off enough heat for a nuclear explosion.

  2. Hi Kim,
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  3. Interesting post!And I'm going to tell my sons about Geronimo Stilton. Sounds like something they would love.


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