1. June 14 was chosen as World Blood Donor Day as it was the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (1868-1943) who won the Nobel prize in 1930 for his discovery of human blood groups.
2.The first successful blood transfusions took place between dogs in the 1660s.
3.The world’s first blood bank was opened in Chicago in 1936
4.There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
5.The earliest reference we can find to a blood bank robbery was in Colombia in 1996.
6.Colonel Thomas Blood attempted to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London in 1671.
7.Every play by Shakespeare contains the word ‘blood’ at least once.
8.One pint of donated blood can save up to 3 lives.
9.A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in his body.
10.The average human adult has between 4.7 and 5.0 litres of blood in their body. Our blood accounts for about seven per cent of our total body weight.
11.It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.
12.Your heart will pump nearly
1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime, enough to fill 200 train tank cars.
13.Pregnant women have about 50% more blood by week 20 of pregnancy than they did before they conceived.
14.Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.
15.Our bodies contain about 0.2 milligrams of gold, most of it in our blood.