25 Bacteria Facts That Might Make You Feel Dirty

There’s a good amount of bacteria facts that show the magnitude of influence bacteria play in our lives. In fact, they’re probably responsible for at least some of the crazy diseases science has not been able to explain yet. Typically a few micrometers in length, bacteria come in all sorts of shapes ranging from sphere, rods, and spirals. Bacteria were also among the first life forms to appear on Earth and can be found pretty much everywhere (literally everywhere). They inhabit soil, water, acidic hot springs, even radioactive waste. Here’s something for you to think about. There are approximately 5×10^30 bacteria on Earth and are vital in recycling nutrients. In fact, did you know that bacteria are critically important to our lives? Actually, you wouldn’t even be alive if it weren’t for bacteria since they are responsible for a host of beneficial attributes such as strengthening our immune system, improving our skin’s function, improving our bowel regularity, even protecting our DNA! However, they can also be the cause of catastrophic effects such as infectious diseases that include cholera, syphilis, anthrax, leprosy, and tuberculosis (which is responsible for killing about 2 million people per year). And get this, there are approximately ten times as many bacterial cells in the human flora as there are human cells in the body (YIKES!). From the strongest bacteria on earth to their alarming quantities these are 25 Bacteria Facts That Might Make You Feel Dirty.

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An average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet

An average desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toiletSource: lifehack.org, Image: wikipedia
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Actinomycetes are a bacteria that cause the familiar smell of rain

Actinomycetes are a bacteria that cause the familiar smell of rainSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Mobile phones actually have 18 times more bacteria than toilet seat handles

Mobile phones actually have 18 times more bacteria than toilet seat handlesSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Scientists discovered over 1,458 species of bacteria in the human belly button

Scientists discovered over 1,458 species of bacteria in human belly buttonsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Sweat is odorless. It is the bacteria that mingle with your sweat that make your armpits smell bad

Sweat is odorless. It is the bacteria that mingle with your sweat that make your armpits smell badSource: health.howstuffworks.com, Image: wikipedia


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