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Saturday, 14 February 2015


The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons.

Nearly a quarter of all your bones are in your feet.

There are nearly 8,000 nerves in human feet and a large number of nerve endings near the skin, which is why they're so ticklish.

There are more sweat glands on the soles of your feet than on any other part of your body. Each foot contains about 250,000 sweat glands.

Your feet swell during the day and can become 10 percent bigger at the end of the day than they were when you woke up this morning.

The "pins and needles" tingling sensation that happens when your foot falls asleep is called paresthesia.

St Margaret the Barefooted (1325-1395) was an Italian saint who walked barefooted to help her identify with the problems of the poor.

The Brannock Device, the standard foot measuring tool used by shoe stores was invented by Charles Brannock in 1927. He was advised to make it out of plastic so regular replacements would be needed, but he insisted on steel. Today, most Brannock Devices survive 10-15 years of daily use before wearing out.

Your foot is the same size as the distance between your wrist and elbow.

The average foot has increased nearly two sizes since the 1970s, because feet grow and widen as people get taller and heavier.

The largest feet on a living person are 40.1cm (1 ft 3.79 in -right foot) and 39.6cm (1 ft 3.59 in - left foot) and belong to Jeison Orlando Rodriguez Hernandez of Venezuela. That equates to a US size 26!
and UK size 32 shoes.

African elephants stay on their feet for 35 to 40 years.

Butterflies taste things through their feet.

The bacteria that makes some cheeses super stinky are the same ones that cause foot odor.

Foot, goose and tooth are the only common English words in which “oo” changes to “ee” for their plurals.

Source Daily Express

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