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Sunday, 2 June 2013



In one breath, an adult inhales one pint of air, although the actual capacity of a lung is ten pints.

We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass.

When Thomas Edison died in 1941, Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.

An average adult breathes in about 13 pints of air every minute.

The average person takes between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths a day.

The average person breathes about 7.5 million times a year.

About 80% of people breathe through only one nostril. Which nostril, left or right, can alternate on average every two-and-a-half hours.

Since the nose is smaller than the mouth, nasal breathing is naturally slower than mouth breathing and is better for reducing stress.

If you hold your breath and put your face in cold water, your heart will immediately slow down by 25%.

You can not kill yourself by holding your breath.

Even when all the molecules in a single breath of air have been dispersed evenly in the earth's atmosphere, there will still be one or two of the same ones taken into the lungs with every subsequent breath. Every time you breathe in, you inhale one or two of the same molecules that you inhaled with the first breath you took as a baby.

At -90 degrees Fahrenheit the moisture in your breath will freeze in midair and fall to the ground.

By Derzsi Elekes Andor - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, $3

Dieting can cause bad breath since less saliva is produced which leads to dry mouth.

When you yawn, you take in three times more oxygen than you do in a normal breath.


Frogs and salamanders can breathe through their skin

Beavers can hold their breath for 45 minutes.

Horses cannot breathe through their mouth. If their nostrils become obstructed, they could suffocate.

It has been calculated that a single breath from a mature blue whale can inflate up to 2000 balloons.

Bats breathe 200 times a minute when flying but only ten times an hour when hibernating.


The sound of Darth Vader mask's respirator function is trademarked in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under Trademark #77419252 and is officially described in the documentation as "The sound of rhythmic mechanical human breathing created by breathing through a scuba tank regulator."

In 2012, German freediver Tom Sietas held his breath underwater for a record 22 minutes and 22 seconds.

Source, Daily Express

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