G’day guys, and Happy Valentine’s Day! We here at bloodbonesandbodies hope that you have a fantastic day, whether that be with your significant other, your favourite cat, or roughly 164.1km away writing an article about love with a bottle of wine running through an IV drip (*cough*).
Anyways, to celebrate this day of love we have decided to write a special article about the organ that represents love; the heart! (Although why the genitals do not symbolise this is beyond us… Perhaps the making of a chocolate penis is not considered as romantic as that of a heart?) So settle down with that favourite person/animal/alcoholic beverage and get ready to learn some fun facts!
1. The average heart beats about 2.5 BILLION TIMES during its lifespan. This number is lower if you have ever glanced at that special someone due to the skipped beat that occurs.
2. Plato was the first person who theorised that, although reasoning originated in the brain, it was the ‘fiery heart’ that controlled emotion.
3. In his text De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, the father of modern anatomy, Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), argued that the blood seeped from one ventricle to another through mysterious pores. Andreas Vesalius is also Dan’s one and only true love, although Chris thinks that he is stupid looking and smells funny and should just shut his stupid face and stop… Sorry I digress. But yeah, go Vesalius.
4. “Atrium” is Latin for “entrance hall,” and “ventricle” is Latin for “little belly.” Little belly. That is bloody adorable ❤
5. The term “heartfelt” originated from Aristotle’s philosophy that the heart collected sensory input from the peripheral organs through the blood vessels. It was from those perceptions that thought and emotions arose.
6. If a man has an average of 3-4 orgasms a week he can potentially reduce his chance of cardiovascular disease by 50%, according to one study that was most definitely written by men before Valentine’s Day.
7. Dextrocardia with Situs Inversus (heart and visceral organs on the opposite side of the body) occurs 1:10 000 live births, with those affected living normal lives and only discovering this incidentally with imaging or having your partner lay their head on your chest and look deep into your eyes and feel the fast beating of your heart… on the wrong side.
8. Although TV would have you believe otherwise, using a defibrillator on someone who has flatlined will NOT, by itself, BRING THEM BACK TO LIFE. THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN. You might as well try shocking your kitchen table and hoping it sits up and embraces you.
9. Five percent of blood supplies the heart, 15-20% goes to the brain and central nervous system, and 22% goes to the kidneys. Don’t be like the kidneys this Valentine’s Day; share the joy with those you love, even if you are responsible for filtering the blood.
10. Physician Erasistratus of Chios (304-250 B.C.) was the first to discover that the heart functioned as a natural pump and was not the absolute controller of all emotion and love. He is also known as one of the biggest buzzkills and was not very popular at his mate’s Valentine’s Day parties.
And that concludes the fun facts about the heart! Hopefully you have had a laugh and learnt a thing or two about the most important organ in the body for love! (Not to be confused with the most important organ in the body for lovemaking… Kids ask your parents if you don’t know what we’re talking about.)
So from All of us here at bloodbonesandbodies,
Chris and Dan. ❤