Amazing Facts

Facts About the Organs and Tissues of the Respiratory System

Did you know that there are 1,500 miles of airways in human lungs?
What respiratory record is listed in the Guinness Book of World
Records and how fast sneezes travel? Who laughs more: children or
adults? Learn these and other fun facts about the respiratory

The respiratory system is made up of the lungs, nose, larynx,
pharynx, bronchi and trachea. The respiratory system is about more
than just breathing – though breathing is important. There are many
fun facts about the respiratory system that entertain, educate and


Human lungs have approximately 1500 miles of airways.

300 million alveoli can be found in a set of human lungs.

The right lung in humans is larger than the left lung in order to
accommodate the heart.


The average person breathes in the equivalent of 13 pints of air
each minute.

Plants help humans to breathe by taking in the carbon dioxide
humans exhale and converting it into oxygen that humans need.

People yawn because the brain detects low levels of oxygen in the
lungs and triggers the response so the body will intake a large
amount of oxygen.

Hiccups are caused by several things, and are the product of
spasms, or sudden movements, in the diaphragm. Eating too fast is
one common cause of hiccups.

Guinness World Records lists Charles Osborne from Anthon, Iowa as
a record-holder for hiccupping. He hiccupped for 68 years.

Young children laugh an average of 300 times a day, while adults
average somewhere between 15 to 100 times.

The saying that ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ may have some
truth to it. It is said that laughing helps boost the immune system.


When an irritant such as dust particles come in contact with
mucous membranes in the nose, the body gets rid of them by
triggering a sneeze.

A human sneeze travels quickly. The fasted sneeze on record was
102 miles per hour in speed.

When a human coughs, the droplets that comes out can travel a
distance of up to three feet. This is why people are advised to
cover their mouth in the crook of their arm (inner side of elbow)
when they cough – so they don’t spread germs to others.

A cold virus can live on inanimate objects for up to three days.
When people are sick, its important to do regular cleaning of
things such as doorknobs that everyone touches.

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