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The fastest a human being has run is 34.3 mph. - San Diego Union, 9/28/06

An unidentified elderly man attending a $250-a-plate Cardiologist Ball suffered a heart attack and collapsed from cardiac arrest. Fortunately for him, he was in a room full of heart doctors. Dr. Richard Westerman, a cardiologist who assisted in reviving the man stated, "If you have to go down, that was the place, I guess." The man reportedly had no pulse or blood pressure. Several physicians immediately worked to successfully revive him. - Short News.com, 1/26/06

People who ignore irrelevant information can remember important facts more easily. - Discover Magazine, 2/06

A teenager using a cell phone when behind the wheel has the reaction time of a 65 to 74 year old. - Discover Magazine, 1/06

A person will create enough saliva to fill two average size swimming pools during his lifetime. - San Diego Union, 12/6/05

Left-handed women are more than twice as likely as right-handers to suffer from breast cancer before reaching menopause, Dutch scientists have said. - MSNBC, 9/26/05

University of California at Irvine Neuroscientist Gary Lynch has created a compound called CX717 which makes people temporarily smarter. It has been tested on monkeys and humans, and a commercial drug is "only a matter of time." - Discover Magazine, 10/05

The World Health Organization says that the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986 was not the catastrophe it was expected to be. At the time 600,000 people were exposed to radiation. Experts predicted that 4,000 would eventually die from the effects. As of 2005, less than 50 people have died from these causes, and most of those were plant workers who died in the first few months after the accident. The expected surge in birth defects also did not happen. - Science Daily, 9/5/05

Saliva makes a good mild detergent, perfect for removing the grime that accumulates on old oil paintings without damaging the paint. Museum conservators stick cotton swabs in their mouths and then rub the artwork. - Discover Magazine, 10/05

Laughing 10 to 15 minutes each day burns off approximately four pounds each year. Both men and women burn 20% more calories when they're laughing, no matter what they're doing. - Men's Fitness, 9/05

There are 100,000,000,000 brain cells in the average adult brain. The average human loses 85,000 brain cells each day, while only 50 are regenerated each day. According to UCLA neuroscientists, only one brain cell is needed to spot a familiar face. - Popular Science, 9/05

The average human secretes 2.5 quarts of sweat daily. - San Diego Union, 9/28/06

A 28 year old South Korean man had a 50-hour-long video game session (Starcraft), and promptly died of a heart attack stemming from exhaustion. - BBC News, 8/10/05

There may soon be a vaccine for obesity. Mice given this experimental vaccine remained 15% lighter, even though they were on an all-you-can-eat high-fat diet. Side effects are unknown at this point. - Discovery Magazine, 9/05

The body of a Louisiana man strapped to a gurney fell from the back of a pickup truck onto a Dallas, Texas highway, into the path of oncoming traffic. Drivers swerved to avoid hitting the body. - Houston Chronicle, 7/13/05

A German scientist is being studied by colleagues after claiming to have eaten nothing for four years. Cancer researcher Dr. Michael Werner claims to get all his energy from sunlight. - Daily Times, 5/16/05

In the entire world, there are 61 people who are documented to be age 110 or older. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2/28/05

The average sperm cell swims at 8 inches per hour. - San Diego Union, 9/28/06

Skiers get sunburned almost twice as fast on powder than on slushy snow. - KGO-TV, 3/23/05

In many burglaries, thieves help themselves to snacks. Research has revealed that leaving a pizza out is a great way to foil burglars, because the molten cheese has remarkable properties when it comes to capturing a person’s DNA, or genetic fingerprints. US forensic scientists have found that traces of saliva left on the cheese hold enough DNA to reveal a person’s identity. - South Africa Sunday Times, 3/13/05

Librarians in San Luis Obispo County in California can now eject readers who have an offensive odor. - Contra Costa Times, 3/5/05

An average human sheds 1.5 pounds of skin each year. - San Diego Union, 9/28/06
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