Our bodies are made up of, approximately, seven octillion atoms. That’s a seven followed by twenty-seven zeros. All those atoms can build and get arranged according to our DNA in a whole lot of different ways, or other things can affect them. This list has plenty of weird and uncommon things that can naturally happen to our bodies.
You might have a couple of these, you might have heard of them, or they might be so rare that only a single recorded person has ever displayed the trait. Nonetheless, read on and find out how amazing, strange, and intriguing our bodies can be.
A Hopeful Speech
While his speech at the British Parliamentary reception did shed light on the horrors of his experience, he also wanted to instill hope into the hearts of the attendees. He spoke about his gratitude for those who learned about alternative and augmentative communication, and how it opened up the chances for him to have a more complete life.
He also thanked his parents for their openness to try out the new technology. “In March 2003, I truly began my journey back into society,” he said. “I stopped going to the care home for the profoundly mentally and physically disabled and began my working career.”
Look at Me Now
There is no denying that Martin Pistorius concluded his beautiful speech in the most meaningful way. “I now truly enjoy a life worth living,” he said. “I am a fully fledged member of society; a student studying towards a computer science degree; a qualified web designer, contributing to the economy, and a husband married to the most wonderful person in the world.”
It just goes to show that if you have enough people rooting for you, including yourself, then just maybe, you can overcome all kinds of obstacles and make your dreams come true. The sky truly is the limit for Martin Pistorius.
Eyes in Different Colors
If you like reading fanfiction, there's a pretty good chance you've heard of this one. Having two different eyes is known as heterochromia (literally, “different colors”) and it's an effect of something called Chimerism when two developing zygotes fuse together in the womb. This is actually quite a bit more common than you might think, but twins or siblings don't often have different colored eyes due to how regressive genes work. It's complicated.
Chimerism, and heterochromia, are harmless. There are plenty of famous people who have this trait, such as Mila Kunis, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Olivia Wilde, though the results may vary.
Golden Blood. But Not Actually
The rarest blood type in the world is called Rhnull, or “Golden Blood.” It's so rare because it has no antigens, meaning that literally, everyone in the world can receive it from those who have it. Antigens protect against diseases, which is great for the people who need blood transfusions since the blood will never react poorly to them.
On the other hand, the forty people in the world who produce this blood naturally don't have a great time, since their immune system doesn't do that well. Most blood types have A, B, O, or AB antigens, but this type has none of them. The supply is incredibly useful and highly sought, but only nine people of the forty regularly give blood.