Just the facts


The hands


8. Our fingers are even more sensitive than the eyes—the fingertips have a large number of receptors responsible for sending messages to the brain.

9. The vein on your ring finger is called Venna Amoris—it has a direct line with the human heart and is known as the vein of love. That’s why we wear an engagement ring on the left hand’s finger!

10. The custom of shaking hands began as a way to prove that you were not carrying any weapons—in your hands at least.

11. Structurally, fingernails are actually modified hairs.

12. 6% of all men and 9.9% of all women are left-handed.

13. It takes up to 6 months for a fingernail to grow from root to tip.

14. The practice of hand kissing started during the 17th and 18th centuries in Central and Eastern Europe. The hand was proffered by a woman to a man who was of similar or higher social status. Refusing the offered hand was considered extremely impolite.

15. Washing your hands frequently is the very best day-to-day ritual to avoid the spread of nasty bugs like bacteria and viruses. It’s also a fantastic way to dry out the skin on your hands—especially in the winter. Always make sure to apply hand cream after washing.

Hopefully you enjoyed reading these facts about your hands and that you’ve learnt some new things.



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