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  1. The actor who played Luca Brasi in the Godfather was actually a member of the Colombo crime family sent to monitor the set. Coppola cast him, but due to his nerves, he kept making mistakes and repeating his lines to himself. This was then incorporated into the film as a character trait.

  2. Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, Swedish modern pentathlete, was the first athlete to ever be disqualified for doping in the Olympics. He drank 'two beers' to calm his nerves before pistol shooting, giving him an unfair advantage.

  3. The first athlete to be disqualified at the Olympics for drug use was a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves.

  4. With an estimated 8,000 nerve endings, the clitoris is the only human organ that exists solely for pleasure.

  5. If your tooth is knocked out, with root intact, you can actually put it back in place immediately and it will reattach to the jaw bone. It's the only body part that can reattach on its own, although the nerves and blood vessels will need medical intervention.

  6. Larry Fine of the Three Stooges burned his arm with acid as a child. His parents gave him violin lessons to strengthen the damaged nerves. He became so proficient on the violin that his parents planned to send him to a European music conservatory but the plan was thwarted by World War I.

  7. About 95% of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract which is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons, that are influenced by bacteria. The inner workings of the digestive system don’t just help digest food, but also guide moods and emotions.

  8. Actor Ron Perlman smokes 4 cigars a day, mostly to calm himself. He says: “Some people meditate, I smoke cigars. It’s the best way for me to find myself. Smoking a cigar stops my hands from shaking. Smoking a cigar prevents me from punching people in the face when they get on my nerves."

  9. When Fidel Castro learned of a CIA plot to kill him involving his lover giving him poison pills, he gave her a gun and told her to kill him, but her nerves failed her.

  10. About the "Cat Telephone". In 1929, Princeton researchers opened a cat's skull and connected the auditory nerve to a telephone. When one researcher spoke in the cat’s ear, the other could hear it through the receiver 50 feet away. The experiment ultimately became the basis for cochlear implants.

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There are nerve endings that exist only to recognize a gentle stroking touch. Their activation decreases the heart rate and activates the smile muscle. Their optimal speed is 3-5 cm/s, which means we are genetically wired to cuddle and caress each other at predetermined velocities.

Scratching a dog's ears activates major nerve centers and releases pain-killing endorphins. It is also an effective act of bonding between the owner and pet.

The first Olympic disqualification for drug use was against a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves.

Coughing while cleaning inside your ears is not something that everyone else experiences and is actually an uncommon reaction called Arnold’s Nerve Reflex

Poo-phoria occurs when your bowel movement stimulates the vagus nerve, which descends from the brain stem to the colon. It takes a particularly "large mass of stool" to trigger poo-phoria and its vagal-nerve-induced feelings of exhilaration, intense relaxation, and goose bumps.

Strong odors, such as cologne and perfume, may cause a person's blood vessels to swell and dilate and, in turn, stimulate the nerve system in the brain associated with head pain causing headaches and migraines.

Low gravity makes it difficult to tell if your bladder is full, because the bladder’s stretch receptor nerves don’t feel the weight of the liquid. Astronauts are trained to empty their bladders every two hours because of this.

Dogs have a branch of nerves in their ears and when you rub them it releases endorphins, making them extremely relaxed with a type of natural high.

When a script instructed Leonard Nimoy's character, Spock, to punch someone, Nimoy felt punching was too undignified for a Vulcan and invented a way for Vulcans to render their opponents unconscious by pinching them. From that moment on, the Vulcan Nerve Pinch was born.

A mysterious nerve disorder that hit some slaughterhouse employees with debilitating symptoms apparently was caused by inhaling a fine mist of pig brain tissue.

People in the final stages of hypothermia engage in "paradoxical undressing" because, as they lose rationality and their nerves are damaged, they feel incredibly, irrationally hot. They strip off their clothes to cool themselves down as they are freezing to death.

Some people have "blindsight." They are blind due to damage in the brain's visual cortex, but the eye and optic nerve are fine. They can't consciously see anything but can guess their way through an obstacle course or guess the emotional content of a photo through intuition with decent accuracy.

Your foot falling asleep isn't the blood flow being cut off. It's the nerves being compressed.

The human stomach has more nerve endings than the spinal cord, giving a bit more meaning to gut feeling.

Rubbing your dog's ears sends nerve impulses to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands secrete endorphins, pain-killing, feel-good hormones that make dogs feel relaxed, even euphoric, essentially getting high on her own hormones.

Rubbing alcohol burns when applied to wounds because it increases the sensativity of VR1 nerves (the nerves that tell your brain if something is hot) and your own body heat becomes the burning sensation.

Human fingers/toes getting wrinkly when in the bath/swimming is a actually NOT caused by water soaking into the skin. This effect does not happen if there is nerve damage in the finger, which means it is actually an involuntary autonomic nervous system response causing wrinkly fingers.

People in the final stages of hypothermia engage in "paradoxical undressing" because, as they lose rationality and their nerves are damaged, they feel incredibly, irrationally hot. They strip off their clothes to cool themselves down as they are freezing to death and then start burrowing.

Sylvester Stallone's signature slurred speech and snarling look is caused by partial facial paralysis due to a nerve severed by accident at birth

A growing number of wealthy women are getting cosmetic surgery know as Blowtox - Botox injections in the scalp. This stops nerves from activating sweat glands so they can emerge from the gym with their hair still looking blow-dried.

An unnamed Chinese man who was constipated for 22 years and looked 9 months pregnant. Surgeons removed 13kg/29lbs of poop from his abdomen. He suffered from a rare congenital disease known as Hirschsprung, which causes constipation due to missing nerves inside the colon.

A finger with nerve damage won't wrinkle under water.

In patients with nerve damage, their skin doesn’t get wrinkly when submerged in water

The recurrent laryngeal nerve in Giraffes is often cited as evidence of evolution, as opposed to the "intelligent design" from God. The lengthy 15 foot nerve takes an inefficient, circuitous route; It exits the brain, goes down and around the heart, then back up to the Giraffe's voicebox.

The US Army admits it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard gas agent in the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, landmines and rockets, and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste.