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Fun Brain Facts
The human brain is spongy to the touch, weighs about three pounds, and looks kind of like a head of cauliflower. Want to learn more? Here are some fun
Did you know that…
...the weight of an average human brain is about 3 pounds (almost 1 bag of sugar) or 1300-1400g. It is smaller than an elephant's brain (6,000g) but bigger than a monkey's brain (95g)! A dog's brain weighs about 72g and a cat's brain weighs abut 30g. Your skin weighs twice as much as your brain!
…although the brain accounts for only 2% of your body mass, it uses 20% of all the oxygen you breathe.
... approximately 20% of the blood flowing from the heart is pumped to the brain, which means about 750ml of blood pumps through your brain every minute!
...the human brain is approximately 75% water.
...if you could harness the power used by your brain, you could power a 10-watt light bulb.
...the number of internal thought pathways that your brain is capable of producing is: the number one followed by 10.5 million kilometers of standard typewritten zeros!
...during the first month of life, the number of connections or synapses, dramatically increases from 50 trillion to 1 quadrillion. If an infant's body grew at a comparable rate, his weight would increase from 8.5 pounds at birth to 170 pounds at one month old!
...children as young as four days old can distinguish the vowel sounds of the language in their natural environment from those of a foreign language.
Your brain is protected inside your skull but could still be damaged if your head is hit or bumps into something hard.
- Always wear a helmet if you are riding a bike, scooter or skate board.
- Always wear a helmet for sports where you could be hit or fall (for example in baseball or horseback-riding).
- Never dive into water unless you know how deep it is.
What do the different parts of your brain do?Frontal lobe: Moving, solving problems, remembering, paying attention, talking
Temporal lobe: Remembering, understanding speech
Parietal lobe: Reading maps, touching
Occipital lobe: Seeing