10 Facts About Bacteria

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Tiny, one-celled creatures, bacteria have been around for millions of years, even longer than humans. Read on for more fun and interesting facts about bacteria!


1
All of the bacteria in our body collectively weighs about 4 pounds.

2
Offices with more male employees have far more bacteria.

3
Mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.

4
Sweat itself is odorless. It's the bacteria on the skin that mingles with it and produces body odor.

5
Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and protects against tooth decay.

6
Tap water has a shelf-life of 6 months, after which chlorine dissipates and bacteria starts to grow.

7
When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria.

8
The strongest creatures on Earth are gonorrhea bacteria. They can pull 100,000 times their own body weight.

9
Babies are born with no bacteria in their bodies.

10
A newly-discovered species of rust-eating bacteria will have consumed the wreck of the Titanic within 20 years.