Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: A bruise or contusion is caused by some kind of knock or bump to the skin. When your body starts to metabolise these cells – literally reabsorbing them – then the bruise will go through a series of colour changes – from red to purple, purple to blue/black, blue/black to green, green to yellow before finally turning a browny skin tone. This colour means the injury is nearly completely healed.

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Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Dermatoglyphics
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) The ridge patterns of skin on the inner surface of the hands and feet.
2) The scientific study of these skin patterns.
 
Etymology:
 
Coined in 1926 by Dr Harold Cummins (1893-1976) from Greek dermato- (skin) + glyphein (to carve). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gleubh- (to tear apart), which is also the source of cleave, glyph, clever, and clove (garlic). And that’s also where we get cleavage, cleft palate, and cloven hooves. Earliest documented use: 1926.

Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: Scars that occur in younger and tighter skin tend to heal less well than those that occur in skin that is older and has more wrinkles. At least there is one great benefit to aging!