20 Interesting Facts About Skin

Discover Magazine has an interesting list of 20 things you didn’t know about the skin. I knew all of them. Well, most of them anyway. I reprinted a few. The rest are here.

  • It’s your body’s largest organ.
  • An average adult’s skin spans 21 square feet, weighs nine pounds, and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
  • The skin releases as much as three gallons of sweat a day in hot weather.
  • Breasts are a modified form of sweat gland.
  • Blowin’ in the wind: Globally, dead skin accounts for about a billion tons of dust in the atmosphere. Your skin sheds 50,000 cells every minute.
  • “In the buff” became synonymous for “nude” in 17th-century England. The term derives from soldiers’ leather tunics, or “buffs,” whose light brown color apparently resembled an Anglo-Saxon backside.
  • White skin appeared just 20,000 to 50,000 years ago, as dark-skinned humans migrated to colder climates and lost much of their melanin pigment.

10 thoughts on “20 Interesting Facts About Skin

  1. In the info you gave us about the skin , a certain part was very unneeded . The part about the breasts should not have been put on the internet .It was nasty . One of the other facts , on the other hand , was very interesting . The one about the adult skin . You should replace some of the unneeded information with more facts like that one . Thanks . Bye , From your viewer , cool awesomenesss .

  2. Um, seriously, the part about breasts is nasty? No, it’s not. It’s a fact of life, something that people learn in Anatomy. If you can’t handle facts of the body, maybe you shouldn’t be reading them.

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