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. This is ruining my outlook on life. I really did not want to know the thing about breasts.

  2. 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 .

  3. xxcombeexx says:

    Tehehe, Breasts, xD


  5. this was really helpful

  6. lol breasts xD

  7. What are you guys, like a 5th grader or something?

  8. 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.

  9. Nicholas C. says:

    Um, honestly Meme, don’t be rude. You’re the immature one.

Comments are closed.