11 Interesting Facts You Did Not Know About Tears

The human body is literally a miracle. It carries out thousand of processes at the same time, every second of every day, like a well-tuned machine. Except- it is much more intelligent than a machine. Every gland, duct and organ performs a specific function for a very good reason.

You are watching a sappy romantic movie, or maybe looking at childhood photos or maybe just driving- and suddenly something goes into your eye. And tears spring to your eyes. Such a simple reaction. But have you ever paused to think WHY this happens? I bet you don’t know these interesting facts about tears:

 1. Babies learn to cry differently in different cultures

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2. A Dutch researcher discovered that women in wealthier, Western economies cry much more than women in poorer countries where they have fewer rights

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3. There are actually three kinds of tears

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Basal tears – clean and lubricate your eyes

Reflex tears – which drain when your eyes are irritated by things like onions or pollen

Emotional tears – This one needs no explanation!

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4. There was a time when male factory workers were discouraged from letting their emotions affect factory productivity

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5. Research shows that some people are indeed more prone to crying than others!

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6. In certain neurological conditions, crying and laughing can happen uncontrollably

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Pathological laughing and crying (PLC)  can appear as a symptom of a stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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7. There’s a scientific reason behind men’s distaste for women’s tears

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Men detect a unique chemical component in the tears women let loose when they’re sad, and it discourages them from feeling sexually aroused, according to a study published in the journal Science. “We conclude that there is a chemosignal in human tears, and at least one of the things the chemosignal does is reduce sexual arousal,” says study author Noam Sobel, a neuroscientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

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 8. Tears have 3 layers

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The lipid layer (oils)

The aqueous layer (water)

The mucous layer (mucin)

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9. Tears have the same composition as saliva

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They are made up of proteins, salt and hormones.

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10. According to a study conducted in 2011, testosterone and sexual arousal take a dip in men after they smell a woman’s tears

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11. Crying might really provide psychological relief

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Some researchers suggest that emotional tears contain stress hormones, which the body pushes out during the process of crying. One more theory is that crying also releases feel-good endorphins- the same ones that are released during exercising and laughing.

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So the next time your girlfriend starts crying during Titanic, or your boyfriend cries during a cricket match, just shrug your shoulders – it’s not their fault, it all comes down to science!

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