10 Lessons from the book The Body: A Guide for Occupants By Bill Bryson

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The most remarkable part of all is your DNA.

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All that is really going in your mouth is texture and chemicals.

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Make no mistake. This is a planet of microbes. We are here at their pleasure. They don’t need us at all. We’d be dead in a day without them.

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Every day, it has been estimated, between one and five of your cells turn cancerous, and your immune system captures and kills them.

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The history of epilepsy can be summarised as 4,000 years of ignorance, superstition and stigma followed by 100 years of knowledge, superstition and stigma.

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The brain takes a long time to form completely. A teenager’s brain is only about 80 percent finished (which may not come as a great surprise to the parents of teenagers

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Well, you blink fourteen thousand times a day—so much that your eyes are shut for twenty-three minutes of every waking day.

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Altogether, 80 percent of all autoimmune diseases occur in women.

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The one known cure for baldness is castration.

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Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone. —DOROTHY PARKER

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