“Lungs Aren’t Bags”

Lungs

The one and only Rob “Cockeyed” Cockham gives us “Things I Figured Out.” I particularly like this one:

Lungs aren’t bags.

Lungs are where oxygen is introduced into your bloodstream. They hold air, but they aren’t just empty pink sacks.

Lungs are packed full of a complex system of tunnels and pockets, so that every wisp of air is tantalizingly close to blood-engorged capillaries. This plaza of exchange isn’t a big, open stadium, it is a tight system of itty bitty tunnels that lead to 600 million tiny rooms. If you cut open a lung, it isn’t empty inside like a potato-chip sack, it is full of membranes, like a sponge.

And don’t miss the reader submissions. (Via)

Published by Newley

Hi. I'm Newley Purnell, a journalist covering technology and business for The Wall Street Journal, based in New Delhi. I use this site to share my stories and often blog about the books I read, tech, sports, travel and more. Join the growing group of readers who get my email newsletter.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *