What Is The Appendix? | The Fact Site

If there are any issues with this little wondrous organ, the appendix can happily be taken out without any notable side effects. I’m sure we all know many people who have had it removed.

The extraction is often required for an array of conditions and illnesses, most commonly, appendicitis. It is quite a routine surgery. If the symptoms are missed  for some reason and not caught in time, they can cause huge issues for the patient. This includes the spread of infection to other areas of the abdomen, due to the organ literally bursting.

And now for some fun facts!

Did you know the Koala bear has a rather remarkable appendix? Although technically called the cecum, the organ is often greatly likened to the appendix. Its length is around 2 meters (6.56 ft.), which makes it one of the longest in the world. The main reason for the cecum is to process the tough Australian leaves which they mainly survive on.

What is the largest human appendix?

In Croatia, a 72 year-old patient somehow managed to disguise the fact that he possessed a whopping 26cm (10.2 in) long appendix. It was only discovered after his death when it was removed by surgeons in 2006.

The first record of appendicitis.

It’s thought that the first written record of a case of appendicitis was in 30 A.D. by Aretaeus of Cappadocia. Aretaeus actually documented that he drained an abscess from a patient’s appendix, but didn’t identify what the organ was. It would take until the 1400’s for the appendix to be properly documented during an authorized lawful dissection of a human.

So there we have it, the seemingly pointless and unnecessary organ we all possess, which is the butt of every joke about useless body parts, may actually have a job after all! That said, don’t let this worry you if you have had it removed – the risks outweigh the gains by far according to those in the know.

One thing is for sure, never think anything is useless! Everything has a purpose, from your nails to your heart. There is always a job for every inch of our bodies!

30 Astonishing Facts About Tattoos

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  • The record for the longest tattoo session is 56 hours and 30 minutes. The artist, Krzysztof Barnas, finished 11 tattoos, and he was only allowed 5 minutes after every hour to rest.
  • It only takes 3 days for inner lip tattoos to heal due to the rapid regeneration of the cells. Because of this, they will also fade and disappear in 1-5 years.
  • 23% of people regret their tattoos, with the biggest regret being a tattooed name.
  • When starting an apprenticeship, aspiring tattoo artist usually practice on fruit. Grapefruit, oranges, and lemons are the closest texture to human skin.
  • Unsanitary tattooing practices can transmit diseases such as syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV; however, there has yet to be an actual case of HIV being transmitted via a tattoo application.
  • Tattoo numbing cream helps with pain, however it may disturb the inking process on the skin and affect the visual result of the design because it can make the skin swell and deform.
  • Government jobs have the most tolerant tattoo and piercing policies, but only 8% of government employees have ink or piercings.
  • States with the highest percentage of tattoo discrimination are South Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida. States with the most tattoo friendly public opinion are Montana, Colorado and California.
  • The U.S. spends $1,650,500,000 annually on tattoos, with 14% of all Americans having at least one tattoo.
  • The part of the body tattooed the most among women, is the ankle area. Among men, the most common spot is the arm.
  • In the United States, Miami has the most tattoo shops with about 24 shops for every 100,000 people. The city with the least is Salina, Kansas at 2 shops for every 100,000 people.
  • The most expensive tattoo in the world costs $924,000. It is done with half a carat diamonds encrusted into the skin instead of ink. No one has ever had it done.
  • The average cost of a small tattoo is $45, while the average cost of a large tattoo is $150 per hour.
  • New Zealanders are the most tattooed people in the world. This is mostly due to the island’s Māori who still get traditional Polynesian tattoos.
  • In Soviet Russia, some prisoners would get tattoos of Lenin and Stalin. This was not a form of support, but in case they were sentenced to death, guards would not shoot them because it was illegal to shoot at images of their national leaders.
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    26 Spicy Facts About Cinnamon

    • 26 Spicy Facts About Cinnamon

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  • The biggest cinnamon bun ever was a whopping 118.8kg (almost 19 stone) and was created in Washington, US on the 10th February 2006.
  • Cinnamon is supposedly helpful in the fight against degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s as it activates protective proteins that help stop mutation and damage to cells.
  • A year’s supply of cinnamon was actually burned at the funeral of Roman Emperor Nero’s wife after he killed her as a way of showing his remorse.
  • Ceylon produces that much cinnamon that in the 17th Century the Portuguese and the Dutch started a war over the island.
  • Cinnamons flavor strength actually comes from the chemicals cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic aldehyde.
  • An oil extracted from cinnamon, eugenol, has been used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic by dentists.
  • Spanish researchers have managed to develop a paper that keeps bread fresher for longer, possibly even up to 10 days, with cinnamon oil.
  • Use of cinnamon sticks can actually lead to mouth ulcers and gum swelling, which makes me question its antiseptic properties for dentists.
  • Cinnamon contains 100 times more TE or Trolox equivalents than Apples; this is the measurement of Oxygen radical absorbance.
  • October 4th is actually the National Cinnamon Roll day in Sweden.
  • Coli 0157 is an awful bacterium that can actually be defeated almost 100% by cinnamon. An American study found 99.5% of the bug was killed when added to a teaspoon of cinnamon at room temperature in 3 days.
  • Pepsi-Fire is a new fireball-whiskey-like creation from the soft drink giant. The cinnamon flavored beverage is supposedly horrendous with some describing it as “unexpected and not in a good way”.
  • In 2017 a cat took the internet by storm when it was recorded attempting to steal a full sized cinnamon bun.
  • Whether you hate it or love it, cinnamon is a hard-hitting health ally fighting off everything from a common cold to brain degrading illnesses. The humble brown stick can it seems, flavor your porridge and cure you.

    As I said, I love cinnamon but even I think Pepsi-Fire sounds awful – no one wants to combine cinnamon with something completely absurd like soda or chewing gum for that matter. I’m sure in the future, further wonders will be revealed of this spice and I’m going to try using it more often if it packs this much of a punch.

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    Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He’s been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software & support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or factually interesting.

    6 Health Benefits of Eating Cherries

    Health Benefit #4 – They help you bounce back after a workout.

    After a long workout (or even a short one) one of the worst parts is the soreness you feel the next day. It can be difficult to get into a routine of going to the gym when you continually feel the side effects of your previous exercise. The anti-inflammatory properties from the anthocyanin not only help speed up the recovery process by repairing your muscles quicker, but results in less muscle damage in the first place. This links back to the antioxidants which produces more oxygen in your system. This also means you will experience less muscle pain and tenderness overall.

    Health Benefit #5 – Cherries help you with weight loss.

    Surprisingly enough, cherries are rich with dietary fiber which helps you feel full quicker. Eating a bowl of cherries before a meal will help you eat less overall and help speed up your metabolism. This also means cherries make a great snack for in between meals or satisfying your craving for sweets. Even with all their benefits, one cherry contains about 5 calories, so be sure to keep track of just how much you eat, otherwise using cherries to lose weight will backfire!

    Health Benefit #6 – Regulate your sleep.

    The list of natural food that contains melatonin is short, and cherries happen to be on it. Melatonin is a natural hormone found in the body, but certain habits can prevent it from producing enough to sleep well. On average, there are 13 nanograms of melatonin per gram of cherry. While this may sound like an insignificant amount, studies have shown that it’s enough to make a difference. Drinking a glass or two of tart cherry juice 30-60 minutes before bed and bringing more melatonin into your system will make it easier to not only fall asleep at night, but stay asleep.

    As you can see, the diverse utility in such a tiny fruit is impressive! With a delicious taste to match, it’s easy to incorporate into your diet. So the next time you’re at a grocery store or better yet, farmers market, be sure to pick up a batch of these tasty red health boosters.