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Published: Sun, September 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



WEIRD ...

Why do men have nipples? It's an interesting question and one that was answered, along with hundreds of other odd inquires about the human body, in 2005's surprise best-seller, "Why Do Men Have Nipples?" In their sequel, "Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?" Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, M.D., offer witty but wise answers to even more questions about the human body.

Do toads cause warts? "Poor toads. They seem to always take a back seat to frogs. Frogs get kissed and turn into princes, Toads just get to cause warts. Well, here is some good news for toads: they do not cause warts."

What are those dust particles you sometimes see floating in front of your eyes? "These floating spots are very common and arise because our eyes are filled with clear gel called vitreous humor, which, as times goes by, can partially liquefy to form small condensations, opacities and debris. These opacities float through the vitreous as the eye moves, casting shadows on the retina. ... We perceive these shadows as 'floaters.' ... Most of the time, floaters are benign, but in rare cases they can signal a serious problem, such as retinal tear or detachment."

Why don't women have Adam's apples? "The Adam's apple is simply a bulge in the human larynx made of cartilage. This area is also called the thyroid cartilage. ... It also is not exclusively a guy thing. Both men and women have thyroid cartilage; therefore, an Adam's apple. They are about the same size until puberty, when increased testosterone causes it to grow more prominent in men."

Why do I sneeze when I pluck my eyebrows? "Plucking a hair from your eyebrow stimulates a nearby branch of the nerve that services your nasal passages. Even though these impulses don't originate in your nose, the plucking sensitizes the entire nerve, enabling sufficient impulses to reach the sneezing center ..."

-- Associated Press

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