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Over 25% of Zaire is infected with a form of the Ebola virus that does not kill.

There are more than one form of the Ebola virus. Different strains are named after the area they were discovered in.

It only takes 7 lbs of pressure to rip off your ears.

Brain surgery is done with the patient still awake. The brain has no nerves therefore it has no sensation. The person is put to sleep to open the skull but after that the person wakes up to see the operation be completed.

A new born baby breathes five times faster than an adult man.

Smoking makes it almost impossible for a male to have a natural erection and it shrinks the penis. It also reduces the mobility of sperm.

A follicle that is more oval in shape will produce curlier hair, which, when viewed under a microscope, is more "flat" in appearance than a straight hair, which is "round".

Although it's only 2% of our body weight, the brain uses 20% of all oxygen we breathe, 20% of the calories we take in, and 15% of the body's blood supply.

Did you know that you can actually die from a broken heart? Studies have shown that people who had experienced great loss or sadness can develop cracks in their heart which could lead to death.

Every person has a unique tongue print.

Queen Victoria eased the discomfort of her menstrual cramps by having her doctor supply her with marijuana.

In 1990, a 64-year old Hartsville, Tennessee, woman entered a hospital for surgery for what doctors diagnosed as a tumor on her buttocks. What surgeons found, however, was a four-inch pork chop bone, which they removed. They estimated that it had been in place for five to ten years. The woman could not remember sitting on it, or eating it for that matter.

In Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in the late 50's thru early 70's, there was a dentist named Dunat Yelle.

Americans spend an estimated $500 million each year on allergy treatments.

Sarin, the nerve gas believed to have been used in a Tokyo subway attack, can be made by anyone with an undergraduate degree in chemistry using easily obtainable chemicals and a formula readily available on the Internet. The agent, a type of organophosphate pesticide, causes paralysis by interfering with the breakdown of acetylcholine at nerve junctions. (If you do this, don't blame me when you get put on death row.)

Blonde beards grow faster than darker beards.

By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.

One group, the Hunza in Northwest Kashmir, reportedly have not experienced cancer. The group is also said to have unusual longevity.

In 1918 and 1919, a world epidemic of simple influenza killed 20 million people in the United States and Europe.

If you lock your knees while standing long enough, you will pass out.

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