Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
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That'a a lot of unusual body parts you have there son.

The human body. We all have one. It makes us what we are. It's the living shell for soul. And, if you take it apart, bit by bit, you'll end up with a pile that was once you, but none of the bits will be alive.


Life only happens because we have the right bits arranged in the right order. Many of the bits that make us also make things like rocks. Yet, we're alive, and a rock isn't. it?

Anyway, on to todays post. It has to do with the human body. Well, specific bits of the human body, at least.

No, not the naughty bits. Not this time, at least.

No, the bit's I'm going to talk about today are bits of the body that everyone has, but, seeing as who is writing this post, you can bet these parts are a little odd.


Philtrum - Some of you may know that this is the little indented bit under your nose. It's the bit that gives that little 'cupids bow' on the upper lip.

But, do you know what it does? That's easy to answer. It does nothing. Not a darn thing. Never has.


So, why do we have it?

Well, in the womb, when the fetus is first developing, the face develops in two parts. The left, and the right. As more of the face develops, it grows and meets in the middle. The Philtrum is where it meets.


If the two sides don't mesh correctly, you end up with a cleft palate.

Bioluminescence - Scientists have known that organic material can light up. Lightning Bugs do it with their butts. Rotting vegetation will do it. And humans will do it too.


To see it, you need a camera that is about 1,000 times more sensitive to light than the human eye, so it's not very noticeable. But it is there.

Scientists have found that the cheeks and forehead glow the most. And, afternoon is when the glow is usually at it's peak.


Vomeronasal Organ - This one is a vestigial organ. That is, a body part you no longer use, or have a need for. Other vestigial organs are the appendix, the tailbone, and the little toe.

This one is located in your nose. It was once used to smell certain things. And, the thing it was thought to have been used to smell for? Women. More specifically, ovulating women.


These days, we still have it in our noses, but there are no nerves connecting it to the brain. It could still send a chemical signal to your brain, but there has been no evidence of that found.

Tongue - The tongue. It's very useful. It's also strange. The tongue is a muscle. And it's a special muscle. It's what's known as a 'muscular hydrostat'. That is, it's a muscle that works independently of any bone structure. It is the same type of muscle as an octopuses tentacle, or an elephants trunk.


The tongue is a closed off muscle, so when you contract it, it keeps the same volume. This makes for a very strong muscle. One of the strongest in the human body.

Hyoid Bone - This is an odd bone. It sits at the base of the mouth and anchors the muscles there. It's the bone the tongue is connected to.


But what makes the hyoid so different is, it's not connected to any other bone in the body. It sits atop the larynx and it's only purpose it to be the anchor.

Walking Proteins - Your body is made up of cells. And cells are made up of a lot of different things. One of the major components is proteins. They are the building blocks of life.


One of them is a protein called kinesin. It's job is to construct cells by moving different molecules to their needed location. And how does it move? The same way you do. It walks.

Kinesin has developed two small outgrowths at it base that scientists call feet. And, while they don't know why or how they developed, they have been seen walking.


Hoo-Ha and Cha-Cha - Ok....I lied. I am going to talk about your naughty bits. The naughty bits you don't use, that is.

As I have explained before, for the first five months or so that we're developing in the womb, we're all girls. By the time the Y chromosome asserts itself, it's too late in the development to start growing a va-jay-jay or a dingle-dangle.


That's why everyone has both. You think women don't have a penis? Or that men don't have a clitoris? Guess again. The same cells develop into one or the other.

But wait....that have vaginas?


It's called the Prostatic Utricle. And it sits right by the prostate, doing nothing. No one is sure why we still have it, but back in the early 1800's, the official medical term for it was 'vagina masculina'.


I don't really recommend trying to dingle-dangle your own masculina. Because, even though it's a turgid muscle, it is actually possible to break your penis. But....that's a post for another day.

And remember, it's your body. We all have one, and they all are alike. They might look different, but they all do the same thing. (some just look better than others while doing things....)

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