We’ve all heard of the thighbone, but did you know it’s actually called the femur? That’s right, this long and sturdy bone has been supporting our bodies since we were crawling around on all fours. But what exactly is the femur and why do we need it? Buckle up, folks, because I’m about to take you on a wild ride through the fascinating world of bones.
What Is The Femur And Where Can It Be Found?
The femur is the largest bone in our body and can be found in our upper leg. It connects to our hip joint at one end and our knee joint at the other end. This means that every time we sit down or stand up, walk or run, dance or jump (or just about any other movement), we are relying heavily on our trusty femurs to keep us upright.
What Makes The Femur So Special?
Aside from its size and strength, there are several things that make the femur particularly interesting:
1) Shape: Have you ever noticed how a cooked chicken leg looks almost identical to an uncooked human thigh? Believe it or not- they both have almost identical shaped femurs!
2) Muscles Connected To It: You need strong muscles to move your legs gracefully – glutes like Nicki Minaj (if she doesn’t already have them surgically enhanced!), hamstrings like Marvin Gaye— meaning that when someone says “I’m working my butt off,” if taken literally their femurs would thank them for it!
3) Blood Supply: A good blood supply is essential for healthy bones. Luckily for us humans,the medullary cavity, which runs through most of each femur, supplies crucial nutrients forever more lively action steps—and beer snacks—that come with being human.
What Causes Femoral Fractures?
While the femur is incredibly strong, it can still be susceptible to fractures. Common causes of femoral fractures include:
- Car accidents
- Falls from height (particularly in older individuals)
- Sports injuries
When the femur does fracture, it can be particularly painful and take a long time to heal. In some cases, surgery may be required.
What Are Some Interesting Facts About The Femur?
If you’re curious about anything related to bones or want trivia fodder for your next dinner party (or zoom call these days!), here are some interesting facts about our trusty friend – the femur:
Fact #1: It Has A Unique Shape
As previously mentioned earlier on this piece—the femur has a unique shape, which helps us walk upright effectively! This bone is curved slightly with knobbly bumps at each end like two big fat balls trying hard not to collide!
Fact #2: The Bone’s Strenght Is Desirable Even After Demise!
Even after death—which by-the-by I think we should stay away from unless absolutely necessary —the strength of the femur remains enviable. This makes it a desirable source of bone grafts for various medical procedures.
Fact #3: One Of History’s Most Infamous Tyrants Had An Abnormally-Shaped Femurs
It turns out that one of history’s most infamous tyrants, Adolf Hitler had one leg shorter than another—as demonstrated through photos—most likely due to an abnormally-shaped left femuR!
Now that you know all about what the thighbone—a.k.a., fun & juicy nickname “FEMUR” —is called and where it can be found inside ours’ human bodies AND tidbits galore regarding how important its job says—it’s safe you know the answer to some possible exam questions such as, “What bone can sustain weights of up to 2,500 pounds?”, right? You’d better scream on top of your voice— the femur! Yes, THE FEMUR!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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