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How Much Does A Brain Weigh, And Other Unusual Facts About Man

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How Much Does A Brain Weigh, And Other Unusual Facts About Man

Take a look at some of these average statistics about “man,” as listed in the 1883 Farmers’ Almanac. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure how large a hogshead is — neither are we!

from the 1883 Farmers’ Almanac

  • The average weight of an adult is 140 lbs. 6 oz.
  • The average weight of a skeleton is about 14 lbs.
  • Number of bones, 240.
  • The average weight of the brain of a man is 3 ½ lbs.; of a woman, 2 lbs. 11 oz.
  • The brain of a man exceeds twice that of any other animal.
  • The average height of an Englishman is 5 ft. 9 in.; of a Frenchman, 5 ft. 4 in.; and of a Belgian, 5 ft. 6 ¾ in.
  • The average weight of an Englishman is 150 lbs.; of a Frenchman, 136 lbs.; and of a Belgian, 140 lbs.
  • The average number of teeth is 32.
  • A man breathes about 18 pints of air in a minute, or upwards of 7 hogsheads a day.
  • A man gives off 4.08 per cent. carbonic gas of the air he respires; respires 10,666 cubic feet of carbonic acid gas in 24 hours; consumes 10,667 cubic feet of oxygen in 24 hours equal to 125 inches of common air.
  • The average of the pulse in infancy is 120 per minute; in manhood, 80; at 60 years, 60. The pulse of females is more frequent than that of males.
  • The weight of the circulating blood is about 28 lbs.
  • The heart beats 75 times in a minute; sends nearly 10 lbs. of blood through the veins and arteries each beat; makes four beats while we breathe once.
  • 540 lbs., or 1 hogshead 1 ¼ pints of blood pass through the heart in one hour.
  • 12,000 lbs., or 24 hogsheads 4 gallons, or 10,782 ¼ pints pass through the heart in 24 hours.
  • 174,000,000 holes or cells are in the lungs, which would cover a surface 30 times greater than the human body.

Curiosity got the better of us so we had to find out exactly what a “hogshead” measurement was. It is old English unit of liquid measure, equivalent to 63 gallons (238 liters).

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1 Susan Higgins { 02.23.17 at 1:27 pm }

Thank you, Candace Paradise! We’re glad you find our articles helpful and fun!

2 Candace A Paradise { 02.23.17 at 6:32 am }

I really enjoy getting the information you send out! Many times I use in school-classes for the kids! “keep’em coming”!

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