The "Did You Know?" Archive

I thought it would be useful to have all previous "Did you know?" articles listed, for some of you that may have missed it when it originally debuted. They are arranged chronologically, with the most recent one at the top.

November 24, 2001

Audreys Did You Know...
A microscopic band of muscle tissue connects most individual hair follicles to the dermis. This band of smooth muscle is called the Arrector Pili muscle. When stimulated by fright or cold, this muscle involuntarily contracts and pulls on the base of the hair follicle causing the hair to stand erect and create depressions on the surface of the skin. We call this phenomenon… "goose bumps"!

October 1, 2001

Audreys Did You Know...
The skin is the largest and heaviest body organ and accounts for about 16% of body weight. An area of the skin the size of a quarter, contains about: 3 million cells, 100 sweat glands, 50 nerve endings and 3 feet of blood vessels.