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The Science Behind Paper Cuts (And Why They Hurt So Bad!)

Why are paper cuts so painful? There are several reasons!

At first glace, paper may seem to be a simple, harmless object. However, the fact of the matter is that it can actually hurt you really bad.

If you’ve ever experienced getting paper cut, then we bet you know what we’re talking about. It can happen so sudddenly and the pain can be so nasty.

It often happens unexpectedly – and it hurts too much!

Source: BigThink

In a LiveScience article, Gabriel Neal, clinical assistant professor of Family Medicine at Texas A&M University, explained:

“Physically, paper cuts hurt as much as they do for a variety of reasons. They typically occur on parts of our bodies that are the most sensitive, such as the fingers, lips or tongue. The nerve networks of these body parts can discriminate with exceptional clarity and specificity, sensations of pressure, heat, cold and injury. Our brains even have specialized areas to receive signals coming from these parts in high definition. The exquisite sensing abilities that makes our fingers, lips and tongue so good at what they normally do, also makes injuries all the more painful.”

We all know (and hate) the feeling of getting a paper cut.

Source: via CNN

Neal further shared:

“These same highly sensitive areas are also parts we use all the time. Cuts on fingers, lips and the tongue tend to reopen throughout day dooming us to relive the pain again and again. Finally, the depth of the wound is perfect for exposing and exciting the nerve fibers of the skin without damaging them the way a deeper, more destructive injury can severely damage the nerve fibers impairing their ability to communicate pain. With a paper cut, the nerve fibers are lit, and they are fully operational.”

To stop the hurt, what you should immediately do is to wash the wound using water and soap. Doing so will help reduce the possibilities of having an infection and can speed up the healing process. If necessary, use a small bandage so you can minimize wound reopening and provide it with cushion.

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Research Claims Earthquakes Trigger Other Quakes On The Opposite Side of ThePlanet

“Evidence shows that triggering does take place,” said the experts.

We all know that aftershocks often follow large earthquakes but a new research is telling us something else. As you've read in the headline, one study is claiming that a big earthquake not only triggers aftershocks but may also cause other quakes on the opposite side of the Earth.

The research was conducted by Oregon State University scientists and was recently published in Scientific Reports. Now many are saying that the discovery is an "important step toward improved short-term earthquake forecasting and risk assessment."

Apparently, major quakes activate quakes on other parts of the world.


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6 Strange Public Restrooms That Might Make You Think Twice Before Using Them

Would you have the guts to use #1 and #4?


Nowadays, people have been more creative than ever. Even the most mundane of public places can get an unexpected makeover.

Just take a peak at these weird and crazy public bathrooms around the world. If you are adventurous enough, come, sit and flush at these strangest bathrooms ever!

#1. Take a poop in a busy street


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New Dinosaur Discovered In Utah Has Elaborately Spiky Head Armor

Akainacephalus johnsoni could take on any predator with its massive full-body armor.

It's always exciting when scientists discover a new dinosaur. However, the paleontologists from the University of Utah, Natural History Museum of Utah, and James Cook University have unearthed a truly awesome specimen. Akainacephalus johnsoni belongs to a group of armored dinosaurs. Interestingly, it stands out for its elaborate spiky head armor and massive tail club.

Akainacephalus johnsoni was recovered at the Kaiparowits Formation in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kane County, Southern Utah. Paleontologists Jelle Wiersma and Randall Irmis found the bones and discovered that it is a new specimen. They unearthed a complete skull, the vertebral column, its tail club and a nearly complete synsacrum. The paleontologists also recovered some of the limbs as well as a suite of postcranial osteoderms.

The skull of Akainacephalus johnsoni is covered in elaborate spikes.


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