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Fun facts about Respiratory System

The human respiratory system comprises of the larynx, nose, the pharynx, bronchi, lungs, and trachea. The respiratory system is more than just respiration. Breathing is however the most important part of the system. A few of the entertaining, interesting, and fun facts about the respiratory system are listed below.

  • The human lungs comprise of around 1500 miles of airways.
  • A pair of human lungs may consist of nearly 300 million alveoli
  • The right lung in human beings is bigger than the left lung. This is to accommodate the heart.
  • Every minute, an average individual takes in the equivalent of about 13 pints of air.
  • Yawning is considered as rude. However, it may be noted that yawning is caused due to low levels of oxygen in the brain, which triggers a response from the body to suck in large quantities of oxygen.
  • Laughing is a part of the respiratory process. On an average, young children laugh about 300 times in a day, while adults tend to laugh about 15 to 100 times per day.
  • As per Guinness World Records, the record holder for hiccupping is Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa. He hiccupped for 68 years!
  • It may be noted that hiccups are caused by different factors, and typically develop due to abrupt movements in the diaphragm. It can also be caused due to easting too fast, or due to spasms.
  • It may be noted that the cold virus can sustain and survive for about three days on a stable object. Hence, it is important for to regularly clean items which are touched by everyone, such as faucets, door-knobs, etc.
  • Laughter also aids in boosting the immune system. So do not forget to laugh.
  • A human sneeze can travel really fast, with the fastest recorded sneeze clocking 120 miles per hour!
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