20 Fun Facts That Are Only About Men

Wer

Wer

In Old English, a man was referred to as a "wer" while the term "man" was reserved only for when referring to humanity as a whole.

Infant Death

Infant Death

Baby boys are 25% more likely to die in infancy than girls



Height and Weight

Height and Weight

The average height of a man today (based only on figures available for the United States) is 5'9" while in 1960 is was 5'8". Men, it seems, have become heavier too, as in 1960 the average weight of a man was 166 pounds versus the 190 pounds today.

Live Long And Prosper

Live Long And Prosper

Around the world, the average life expectancy for men is much less than women. Men: 64.5 years versus 68.8 for women.



Cause Of Death

Cause Of Death

The most common way for a man to die is, of course, from heart disease. The average age for a first heart attack is 66.

Girls and Boys

Girls and Boys

All around the world, for every 100 baby girls born, there are 107 baby boys.



More Morbidity

More Morbidity

Men have higher death rates for the whole of the top 15 causes of death, except Alzheimer’s disease.

The Size Of The Brain

The Size Of The Brain

Men's brains are about 10% bigger than women's brains. This is just because men are, in general, bigger than women. It doesn't mean they're smarter!



Boy

Boy

The word "boy" is probably a derivative of the Anglo-Saxon word "boia", meaning “servant” or “farm worker.”

Puberty Blues

Puberty Blues

The average age for a boy to experience puberty is between 12 and 14. It usually occurs later than in girls of the same age group.



Voice Drop

Voice Drop

Boys and girls will both experience a change in the pitch of their voice during puberty, it's just that we associate it more with males because the change is more dramatic. Some boys will hear their voice drop a whole octave.

Rite Of Passage

Rite Of Passage

Most cultures around the world have some sort of rite of passage for when a boy becomes a man.



Adam's Apple

Adam's Apple

The laryngeal prominence (or "Adam's Apple" as we more commonly call it) is unique to adult humans, and occurs as the larynx grows during puberty.

Circumcision

Circumcision

A little more than half of the babies born in the Untied States are circumcised when they're born, which although it shows a decline over the past 50 or 60 years, is still well up on the global average. Around one-third of boys born around the globe are circumcised.



Let's Get Phallic

Let's Get Phallic

When compared to body mass as a whole, a man has the biggest penis in the primate world.

Congratulations!

So, We're All Girls?

So, We're All Girls?

Following your parent's "act of love" (which occasionally takes place in the back of a parked car), for the first six weeks, you're effectively a female. That's about the time when the chromosomes go to work and produce androgens like testosterone.



Men Are From Mars

Men Are From Mars

This symbol of manhood is also the same symbol used for the planet Mars. Of course, the circle is a shield and the arrow, a spear, both of which belong to the Roman God of War; Mars.

Austistic Spectrum

Austistic Spectrum

Boys are about three times more likely to develop a disorder of the autistic spectrum than girls. Researchers are yet to figure out why this is the case.



School Dropout

School Dropout

Teen boys are about four times more likely to drop out of school than their female counterparts.

The A's And D's

The A's And D's

There's more bad news for parents of little boys. They're about four times more likely to develop attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than girls.