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Dem Bones

Dem Bones - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

You probably think of death when you think about skeletons. Maybe you think that skeletons are like scaffolding, holding everything in the body in place. The truth is bones are a lot more. They're alive.

You probably think of death when you think about skeletons. Or maybe you think that skeletons are like scaffolding, holding everything in the body in place, and the bones are like metal bars. True but bones are also very much alive. They aren't just some solid material like metal, they are alive with cells. Human bones have three layers. The smooth, hard outer layer is cortical bone. Beneath this layer are many layers of cancellous bone. Cancellous bone looks kinda like a sponge. Although not quite as hard as cortical bone, it's still pretty strong. The third and innermost layer is the bone marrow. Bone marrow is like a thick jelly, and its job is to produce blood cells. So, as you can see, bones aren't only alive, they're responsible for keeping you alive as much as the heart or the brain!

What Do Bones Do?

1Bones make blood cells.

1Bones are the framework for your body.

How Many Bones?

Humans are born with 300 bones, but adults only have 206 bones. So what gives? Some of the 300 original bones in a baby are made of regular bone and some are made of a material called cartilage. Cartilage is soft and flexible to start, but over the years the cartilage grows and slowly hardens into bone. Also, some bones fuse together. All of this is part of the normal growth process.

Some time between the ages of 17 and 21, this growth process ends and your bones are as big as they're going to get. And like magic, you end up with 94 fewer bones than you started with.

Bits of Bones

1More than half of the body's 206 bones are in the hands and feet.

1The skull is composed of 30 different bones.

1The smallest bone in the body is the stirrup bone inside the eardrum. It is less an inch long.

1The largest bone in the body is the femur which is the leg bone that runs from the hip to the top of the kneecap (patella.)

1Everyone's heard of the funny bone, but did you know that humerus is the real name of the long bone that runs from your elbow to your shoulder.

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AimeeJury
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6thBeatle posted in Style:
Black. I'm a Filipino.
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6thBeatle
Don't worry too, you'll grow up too and live on your own, I noticed that my aunt is unfair to children (except to her child) and I can't wait to be an adult (she's afraid to adults). And when you grow up, don't make revenge to your parents, I know that you still love them. Trust me, things would get worse if you make revenge.
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6thBeatle
I understand you, but those things are worse than my experience. I am a very lonely nerd and I don't have friends. When my mom goes to work she leaves me with my unfair aunt. My aunt is so unfair, she always blames me and ignores my explanations, she always defends my 5 year old cousin even though she's wrong. She's so unfair I wanted to drink bleach or hang myself but I realized that there are more people who love me. When I was months old or maybe 1 year old my dad broke up with my mom because our family doesn't like him because he hurts my mom physically, called my grandpa a liar even though my dad knows how honest he is, and he always blamed things on me when I was a baby. I met him a month ago (maybe), and we were supposed to talk about important thing like if why he left me and other stuff like that, but instead he boasted about being the best pilot in the airport, he did nothing but boast. I never want to meet him again. My problem with my mom is that she hurts me horribly like jumping on my back, and she says hurtful things like she wanted me to die and that she loves her boyfriend (who is a jerk) more than me. I have to admit, I'm the one who started the mess, but that's no way to discipline your child. I apologized to her, but she is still pulling my hair. After we relaxed for about 40 minutes, she apologized. That's it, but my mom is really hard working and is very patient to me (but when it's too much, she gets crazy). There's always a good side of someone. I hope that there are more of your relatives and friends who love you, my advice is to write a letter to your parents, and if it didn't work well, you could always talk to the guidance in your school or your teacher, that's the only one I could think of.
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QveenAvi
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The way they are doing it is wrong,however it sounds like your parents really love you and really want the best for you. they have faith in you. when you get a 3 if they know that you can get a 4 so they address you want it. not that they don't love you.Your parents were the ones who raised you and introduced you to this life so you should always respect them and think them as your god.
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