Thursday, February 10, 2011


Hello, readers. 
Before I start writing this entry, I would like to ask a question. Do not you think that this blog has been a little too educational and too focused about English Language alone? I believe you are all nodding right now. Therefore, I am going to make up for my readers and let them let loose a little in this entry. However, being an educational blog, this blog should not be any less educational, right? 

So, in today's entry, I am going to present a few facts. Do not worry. There will be no jotting down and all, just some facts you may or may not know.

Facts about bones.

* Bones are made from living tissue that not only shape and support the body and protect some organs, but they also act as storage sites for minerals.

There are 206 bones in the adult human body:-
- 80 axial bones - found in the head, facial, hyoid, auditory, trunk, ribs, and sternum.
-126 appendicular bones - found in the arms, shoulders, wrists, hands, legs, hips, ankles, and feet

* Children however start out with 300 bones. As a child grows, some of these bones fuse together.

* The smallest bone in the human body is found inside your ear. Called the stirrup bone, or stapes, it is only 0.25 to 0.33 cm long (0.10 to 0.13 inches) and weighs only 1.98 to 4.3 mg.

* The longest and largest bone in your body is the femur or thighbone, and is approximately 1/4 of your height in length.

* Many bones are also hollow making them stronger and lighter.

* Your funny bone is not actually a bone. It's a point on the elbow where the ulnar nerve passes near the surface. When the nerve is knocked against the bone, a sharp tingling sensation results. So whatever you may think, the funny bone is not humerus! 

Other Facts

Every child learns at school at some point learns a little about collective nouns, ie: a herd of cows, a school of fish, a flock of birds, but how many of the more unusual ones you do know about.

Here are some of the more unique examples, and yes, they are legitimate regardless of how weird they might sound!

* An asylum of cuckoos.
* A bevy of otters.
* A dazzle of zebras.
* A trogle of snakes.
* A horde of hamsters.
* An intrusion of cockroaches. (Not surprising really!)
* A knob of toads.
* A rout of snails.
* A murder of crows.
* An army of herring.
* A bushel of crabs.
* A crash of rhinoceroses.
* A coalition of cheetahs.
* A surfeit of skunks.
* A leap of lizards.
* A tower of giraffe.
* A turn of both turtles and tortoises.
* A wobble of ostriches.

So did you enjoy learning new things? I hope you do because I did ! Thanks for reading!

I am not young enough to know everything.

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