As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day of hearts and flowers, chocolate and love, here are some fun facts about your sweet heart.
Though weighing only 11 ounces on average a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.
Early Egyptians believed that the heart and other major organs had wills of their own and would move around inside the body.
The heart of an average man beats approximately 70 times a minute. The average woman has a heart rate of 78 beats per minute.
Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.
Five percent of blood supplies the heart, 15-20% goes to the brain and central nervous system, and 22% goes to the kidneys.
The term “heartfelt” originated from Aristotle’s philosophy that the heart collected sensory input from other organs through the blood vessels. It was from those perceptions that thought and emotions arose.
Blood is actually a tissue. When the body is at rest, it takes only six seconds for the blood to go from the heart to the lungs and back, only 8 seconds for it to go to the brain and back, and only 16 seconds for it to reach the toes and travel all the way back to the heart.
Physician Erasistratus of Chios (304-250 B.C.) was the first to discover that the heart functioned as a natural pump.
French physician Rene Laennec (1781-1826) invented the stethoscope when he felt it was inappropriate to place his ear on his large-buxomed female patient’s chest.
February Ski Tips
For longer lasting Valentine’s Day roses, remove 1-2 inches of the stems underwater with a sharp knife and place the flowers in a clean vase with a floral preservative.
Prune landscape plants, except early spring bloomers, which should be pruned after flowers fade. Birches, maples, dogwoods and other heavy sap-bleeders should be pruned in early summer.
Winston Churchill failed sixth grade and had to repeat it because he did not complete the tests that were required for promotion.
In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
Prepare or repair lawn and garden tools for the upcoming season.
Wind direction has different meanings, depending on the season and which part of the country you’re in. Winds from the northwest usually mean fair weather, but not in the Rocky Mountains. Northeast winds typically bring storms in winter and good weather in summer to the eastern third of the U.S.
It’s a good time to make sure your sump pump works properly.
To help fight winter colds and flu avoid eating sugar-filled candies, cakes, cookies, jams and refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pasta. These elevate blood sugar and interfere with the enzymes and cells of the immune system.
Daffodils came by their botanical name of Narcissus from the myth of Narcissus, a Greek youth so handsome and vain that he fell in love with his reflection and took his own life in frustration. Where his blood fell, the first Narcissus sprang up.
Anatidaephobia—the fear of ducks.
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