Strange Things Your Body Does that Science can Explain

 

The human body is a wonderful thing that does what it is supposed to do and a few things that you aren’t quite sure it is supposed to do. Indeed, the body does some pretty amazing and mysterious things but luckily for you, they do not have to remain mysteries for long because some of the strangest things your body does can now be explained by science.

Things taste strange after you brush your teeth

things taste strange after you brush your teeth

Have you ever brushed your teeth and taken a bite of delicious chocolate or refreshing OJ after. If the answer is “yes” chances are you would have recoiled in shock after you did so because for some reason, food just tastes nasty after you brush your teeth. You would think your mouth would be all fresh and everything would taste extra good but why does this happen?

Explanation: that funky taste in your mouth is your first lesson in basic chemistry and you can blame it all in the reaction of food flavors and chemicals to the chemical that is sodium lauryl sulphate. It’s a chemical the guys in coats add to hygiene products to make them foam and while it doesn’t really do anything, it lets you know at least that your toothpaste is working. One downside though is that it numbs the taste buds and erodes the fatty shield on your tongue that blocks bitter flavors.

Brain freeze

Ever taken a huge bite out of your sundae and suddenly felt like your head was clamped in a vice? That there is the dreaded brain freeze and is the bane of many an ice cream lover all over the world. It really does hurt but it does make you wonder why putting something cold in your mouth could cause such a reaction in your head.

Explanation: That pain in your brain isn’t really your brain getting colder but it has more to do with the cold messing up the thermostat in your brain. You see, when you stuff your face with ice cream, your palate gets colder and your brain thinks you are somewhere so cold that the inside of your mouth is freezing so it opens up the arteries to pump your blood to the area to warm it up. Don’t think of it as your brain being a mean killjoy- just something that is overzealously protecting you and trying to keep you alive.

Asparagus pee

Have you ever eaten anything with asparagus and found that your pee sells more foul than usual? You have what is called asparagus pee and while it is easy to blame your body for not handling asparagus well, the fault is entirely with the asparagus.

Explanation: You can blame that funky small on organosulfur that is called asparagus acid. When you eat asparagus, it breaks down and the compounds make your pee sell especially bad. They break down rapidly and takes no less than 15 minutes to manifest in your pee. The sulfur also doesn’t help since it is the same thing that makes farts and skunks smell so vile.

 

5 Best Accidental Inventions

 

There are some scientists who were born to naturally experiment on new things with its core goal to invent, while there are a few who become surprising targets of accidental experiments leading to life changing inventions and discoveries that definitely earn them accolades. As what they say, it is better be lucky than good. Below are 5 of the notable and famous accidental innovations in the history of mankind.

•  Pacemaker

Pacemaker

A medical device that utilizes electrical impulses to regulate heart’s beat, can you imagine that being an accidental invention? Be thankful to Wilson Greatbatch, an assistant professor who accidentally pulled a wrong resistor from the toolbox while experimenting on recording the heartbeats. Instead of pulling 10,000-ohm resistor, he pulled the 1-megaohm variety that caused the circuit to function differently. Since then, his accidental invention has saved the lives of many.

•  Microwave Oven

In 1945, an engineer at Raytheon, Percy Lebaron Spencer was working with devices like magnetrons to radiate microwave signals, which are used during the early radar system. When a fine day came that he noticed a melted candy in his pocket, he decided to build a container box with microwaves being emitted by magnetron, which also made the candy to melt. He did not know that his accidental observation has produced the microwave oven that the contemporary world has been using.

•  X-Rays

X-Rays

Didn’t you know that the machine that all medical establishments use today is accidentally invented as well? It was the accidental innovation of German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen that created X-rays while he was fooling around with radiation cathode-producing rays experiment in 1895. While he was switching on the cathode rays, he noticed that the fluorescent light in his lab was glowing. He decided to cover the screen but the glow was still insisting until he accidentally placed his hand between the screen and the tube and noticed the silhouette of his bones. And so, X-rays were accidentally innovated.

•  Radioactivity

Because of the influence of the discovery of X-rays, Henri Bacquerel also made an accidental experiment that further led to the discovery of radioactivity by the couple scientist Pierre and Marie Curie. It happened when Henri wrapped all his equipment with cloth during the winter season and left them in a drawer. When he came back, he saw a burned image on the photographic plate caused by the contact of uranium crystal. And this accidental experiment has led to the discovery of now the power of nuclear weaponry.

•  Penicillin

Alexander Fleming accidentally invented Penicillin through leaving an unclean petri dish. When he came back from a vacation, the petri dish, which had Staph bacteria originally in it, had produced mold that actually killed all the bacteria left in that dish. He named the mold Penicillin notatum, and led to the discovery of Penicillin, an antibacterial medicine used worldwide these days.