Serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness, can be toxic. When injected into skin it causes extreme pain and is a main ingredient of wasp venom mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Late wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow once saved three children from a burning house and 40% of his skin was left with second degree burns forcing him to retire and hospitalized for two months. Bam Bam said he had "no regrets" of his act of courage, as long as all three kids were safe. ign.com/articles/2000/07/…
When a whale gets beached and dies, gas builds up in their bodies, which causes for them to explode. This is because of the whale's tough skin and blubber, which doesn't let the gas escape from their bodies. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Robert-FranΓ§ois Damiens, after trying to assassinate the king, was sentenced to be executed by having his skin ripped with pliers, molten lead and sulfur being poured onto his ripped skin, then dismemberment by four horses. At hearing this, Damiens replied: β€œWell, it's going to be a tough day.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_…
The palms of our hands (and soles of our feet) don't tan as much as other parts of the body because they have a thick layer of dead skin which prevents UV rays from penetrating popsci.com/scitech/articl…
Today I learned of Wasp-flavored Vodka, a muddy brown, fish smelling concoction made in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture made from fermented wasps and that is said to make the skin more beautiful, boost recovery from fatigue and prevent β€œlifestyle disease” soranews24.com/2013/04/06…
Polar bears have a black skin with a transparent fur to absorb the sun's heat. They appear white because the air spaces of each hair scatters the light in all directions. polarbearsinternational.o…
Most indigenous communities who paint their bodies live in areas where there is an abundance of bloodsucking horseflies, mosquitoes, or tsetse flies - and a 2019 study showed that white, painted stripes on the body protect skin from insect bites, hence protecting them from airborne diseases lunduniversity.lu.se/arti…
Rare Black Emperor Penguins exist, and their appearance is due to a genetic mutation. This mutation causes an overabundance of melanin, making its feathers appear black. It can also happen in other animals, making skin and fur appear black, as in the African Black Panther. mymodernmet.com/rare-blac…
Human skin is overlaid with Blaschko’s Lines, a pattern of stripes covering the body from head to toe, invisible unless under UV light or if certain skin conditions manifest them mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The excess skin/fat on a cats belly is called the 'primordial pouch' and apparently it's is to protect a cats organs in a fight au.news.yahoo.com/amphtml…
Spanish scientists have developed a 3D bioprinter which can print sheets of functional human skin for use in research or even transplants designnews.com/3d-printin…
Indian surgeons were performing successful rhinoplasties as early as 600 BC. They'd slice an upside-down nose shape from your forehead skin, twist it around, and insert hollow bamboo sticks for you to breathe through. ispub.com/IJPS/3/2/7839
A babirusa's tusks grow upwards through the skin, curve back, and can get so long they penetrate the babirusa's own skull, killing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Today I learned of Vibratory urticaria. A rare condition that causes an itchy sensation following exposure to vibrations from massage guns, mowing the lawn, power tools, and even horseback riding. It can manifest as both a sensation or actual hives and can happen on both exposed and covered skin. dermnetnz.org/topics/vibr…
Today I learned of the Ozark Hellbender salamander, aka the Snot Otter, Lasagna Lizard, or Grampus. At 3-5 lbs with undulating skin, it reminded settlers of "horrible tortures of the infernal regions." But now it's endangered (only 590 left), so to raise awareness, Pennsylvania made it their state amphibian en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Mushroom skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight like human skin mushroomcouncil.com/vitam…
The platypus have no nipples. Their milk oozes out of mammary gland ducts and collects in grooves on their skin. amnh.org/exhibitions/extr…
Today I learned of Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a rare genetic condition that makes the sun’s rays lethal. Up to one in 370 Indians suffers from a genetic condition which causes skin to burn and take on a blistering, scaly appearance. With exposure to the sun, XP damages the cornea leading to blindness. telegraph.co.uk/news/xp-c…
People with nerve damage in their fingers don't get "prune fingers" when soaked in water. This is because wrinkling is a reflex of the autonomic nervous system which causes blood vessels under the skin to constrict. This reflex is theorized to have evolved to improve our handling of wet objects. nature.com/news/science-g…
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is defined as "1/SPF is the amount of burning radiation will reach the skin". For example, SPF 5 is 80% protection, SPF 50 is 98% protection and SPF 100 is 99% protection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Today I learned of a rare reaction to sunburn called "Hell's Itch" or "Suicide Itch", affecting ~5% of the population, randomly. The condition is described as similar to having "fire ants hatching under your skin trying to get out" and uniquely is made much worse by creams and ointments, even aloe vera. insider.com/what-is-hells…
In 1323, the Mexica - founders of the Aztec Empire - asked the King of Culhuacan for his daughter. The Mexica sacrificed her, believing that would make the princess into a deity. During a festival dinner, a priest came out wearing her flayed skin. Upon seeing this, the King expelled the Mexica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about Langer's lines. Also known in surgery as skin tension lines. These are considered to reduce scars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The skin of tilapia fish is used to treat serious burns in Brazil. Human trials show fish skin grafts are quicker and more painless than other methods reuters.com/article/us-he…
Octopus cannot see colour - yet they can camouflage seamlessly with their surroundings and communicate with other octopus by flashing colourful patterns on their skin interaliamag.org/articles…
In ancient times some inuit people did not have access to enough wood for their sleds and often used frozen fish wrapped in skins in place of runners. They used blocks of ice to reduce drag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qam…
Dust in homes is 50% human skin cells en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
A dragonfly can live for 5 years but only develops wings in its last 2-4 months of life. During its second stage of life, the nymph lives a water-bound existence where it molts (sheds skin) up to 12 times before developing wings. sciencing.com/life-cycle-…
Today I learned about Fugu, a fish used in Japanese cuisine and containing tetrodotoxin, which can be deadly. Cook have to undergo strict training to safely prepare this fish, and the most poisonous organs such as liver and skins are baned from sale en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
The average age of human skin cells is about two weeks wnycstudios.org/podcasts/…
Tiger's orange-black skin color works very well as a camouflage in bushes or grass, because their preys are dichromats (red-green blind), like most mammals. royalsocietypublishing.or…
Available scientific evidence does not support claims that cupping therapy has any health benefits, but it carries a risk of burns, persistent skin discoloration, scars, infection, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis. It has been characterized as quackery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
Today I Learned the best preserved dinosaur fossil is 110 million years old and sl has its skin theguardian.com/science/2…
Spock was originally going to have red skin, but the idea was scrapped because the makeup looked like blackface on a monochrome television. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
The Cowardly Lion costume in the Wizard of Oz was made of real lion fur, skin and human hair. It recently sold at auction for 3 million dollars. cinemablend.com/news/2493…
Not all tortoises are vegetarian. When given the opportunity, they will eat the bones, skin, and flesh of animals including individuals of the same species. jstor.org/stable/3892906?…
The largest organ of the human body besides the skin is the liver, which weighs 3.5 pounds (=1.6kg) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
When you eat a lot of green vegetables, some chlorophyll remains intact and when they pass through blood vessels near the surface of your skin, they engage in photosynthesis and you produce ATP (obviously in very small , but still!) jcs.biologists.org/conten…
A Colorado man almost died after stepping out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom from having a serious allergic reaction to the cold temperature called "cold urticaria" , which is an allergic reaction of the skin after exposure to cold temperatures, including cold air or cold water. livescience.com/cold-alle…
Godzilla was originally created as a metaphor for the the relationship between humans and nuclear weapons. Its skin is not based on reptile scales but the burn wounds found on the survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. youtube.com/watch?v=IGCTS…
Michael Jackson had a skin condition called Vitiligo which destroys the pigmentation of the skin. At first, his makeup crew tried to cover it up with darker shades, but it got so bad that they had to start using a lighter makeup to make it look more even. umassmed.edu/vitiligo/blo…
The term "Caucasian" was first used for skull traits, not skin color. Caucasian populations were thus not exclusively "white," but ranged in complexion from white-skinned to dark brown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cau…
It is thought that the genes for light skin appeared in Anatolia (the westernmost protrusion of Asia) by about 8,500 years ago, & only became widespread in Europe by about 5,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
Legendary Rangers striker Ally McCoist played an ex-Celtic player in a 2000 Robert Duvall movie. As Rangers and Celtic have a little bit of a rivalry, McCoist would wear a Rangers shirt under the Celtic one while filming so as not to let the material touch his skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Today I Learned the College of Physicians in philadelphia has the largest collection of books bound in human skin youtu.be/Go_PQdH8uEs
So far 18 books in public institutions have been confirmed as being bound in human skin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Japanese Dr Fukushi Masaichi was the worlds leading collector of body torn tattoos. He would offer prisoners money to be able to remove their skin after death wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukush…
A dogs sense of smell is so strong they can be trained to sniff out a variety of cancer types including: skin cancer, breast cancer and bladder cancer understandinganimalresear…
If a beta male mandrill wins a fight, it physically transforms into an alpha male over time - gaining larger testicles, skin coloration, and the ability to produce offspring en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alp…

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