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Horrible Facts

  • A beef tapeworm, caught from eating eggs in infected beef, can grow to 12 meters (39 feet) long in the human gut.
  • Men grow ear hair as they get older; women don’t.
  • If your vomit looks like what you’ve just eaten, that’s exactly what it is. If it’s soupy, then it’s because it’s been in your stomach for a while.
  • In the old days, children being trained as acrobats for circuses were strapped into strange and often very painful positions to make their bodies bendier.
  • The maw-worm can grow to 30 centimeters (1 foot) and then come out of the body from any gap or hole, including the corner of the eye.
  • Long ago, rich people used to pay for teeth to be pulled from poor people – often teenagers – and implanted in their own jaws when their rotten teeth were removed.
  • Urine doesn't contain bacteria. Shipwrecked sailors used to drink it with no ill-effects.
  • In Ancient Mexico, people bound their babies' heads tightly to make their skulls long and thin.
  • In some countries, the umbilical cord –the cord that attaches the unborn baby to its mother – is dried and kept after birth, to use in spells or medicines.
  • Romans used to clean their teeth with urine, and it was used as a mouthwash until the 1800s in Europe.
  • Sometimes, if a person's eye comes out of its socket in an accident and dangles on their cheek, they can push it back in with no lasting ill effects – don't try it at home!
  • Slime oozes from the inside of your stomach to stop the acid in the stomach dissolving its walls and eating into your body– digesting you from the inside.
  • Your eyes make 4.5 liters (8 pints) of tears a year – they keep your eyes wet even if you're not crying.
  • An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Allah, the Exalted, says: `I will contend on the Day of Resurrection against three (types of) people: One who makes a covenant in My Name and then breaks it; one who sells a free man as a slave and devours his price; and one who hires a workman and having taken full work from him, does not pay him his wages.''' [Al-Bukhari]

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