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Nobody can survive walking barefoot on the diabolical Lego Firewalk

The Lego Firewalk has to be the most twisted, most diabolical, most cruel invention ever created by humankind. There's no way in heaven or hell that anybody can survive this walking barefoot without collapsing into a sobbing mass of trembling flesh, furthering the excruciating pain. » 6/21/14 2:51pm 6/21/14 2:51pm

Why Stepping On LEGO Hurts So Much

Right up there with how the gun on the original Duck Hunt game worked, why it hurts so much to step on a Lego brick is one of the questions we're asked the most, so it's high time we answered it. As anyone who's done it knows, stepping on a Lego block is something akin to being shot in the foot by a knife soaked in… » 6/11/14 5:45am 6/11/14 5:45am

Why Life Before Anesthesia Made Doctors More Caring

In 1812, the English novelist Frances Burney described her mounting terror as she prepared to undergo a mastectomy without any anesthetic. Having two hours to wait until the dreaded event (her 'execution', as she put it), she wandered into the room where the operation was going to take place and 'recoiled'. In an… » 5/15/14 2:20pm 5/15/14 2:20pm

A New Drug Could End Chronic Pain Forever

Treating pain is a tricky business—especially when it comes to the chronic, perpetually debilitating type. For things like back injuries, osteoarthritis, and bone cancer, you're really only left with two options: deal with the often dangerous, unpredictable side-effects of prescription painkillers or suffer through… » 6/20/13 2:20pm 6/20/13 2:20pm

What Hurts More: Child Birth or a Kick in the Balls? Science Answers.

In response to that one debate you had in 8th grade health class that ended abruptly because there wasn't nearly enough coffee or cigarettes in the teacher's lounge to put up with that crap, and really, Jesus Christ, ASAP Science has attempted to answer who has it worse: women in child birth, or men who have been… » 4/26/13 10:17am 4/26/13 10:17am

Watch Men Cringe and Cry in Pain As They Go Through a Simulation of…

Women have the ultimate trump card when it comes to dealing with pain: they give birth. And since men have no idea what giving birth even feels like, we really don't know how painful it really is. Maybe it's all a big conspiracy (kidding!). Maybe it's not that bad (of course it is!). Well, two men attached… » 1/21/13 11:00pm 1/21/13 11:00pm

How Aspirin and Ibuprofen Actually Work Inside Your Body

Poppin' pills is a sorta magical, sorta scientific method in feeling better. When you get hurt? Pop pills. When you can't sleep? Pop pills. When you want to get high? Pop pills. But how do those tiny little capsules actually work? This video explains how aspirin and ibuprofen makes your body feel less pain. » 6/28/12 2:00pm 6/28/12 2:00pm