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Black Mambas are Good for Something

The black mamba snake is a very fast and dangerous snake that can strike before you ever know what hit you. Its venom can be deadly, but scientists have found it also has a surprisingly beneficial painkiller in it, which might turn out to be a new miracle drug. The researchers looked at venom from 50 [...]

Violent Video Games May Increase Your Pain Tolerance

Worried you might be tortured and interrogated soon, but don’t want to break down too quickly? Well then, better grab a copy of Resident Evil, Doom, Gears of War, or whatever your favorite violent video game happens to be because, as it turns out, it might just help you hold out against pain longer. Researchers from [...]

Why Does Bad Weather Aggravate Old Injuries?

Reader Jen wrote in to ask, “Why do old injuries ache during crummy weather?” “Oh, my bones are aching. It must be about to rain.” – Everybody’s grandpa, ever. The idea that certain aches and pains correspond with, and can even predict, the weather is widespread, and has been around since at least the days of ancient [...]

Why Do People Get Ice Cream Headaches?

Reader Susann writes in to ask, “What exactly is the cause of a brain freeze?” You may know ice cream headaches by one of its other names: brain freeze, a cold-stimulus headache, or sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (“nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion“). But no matter what you call it, it hurts like hell. Brain freeze is brought on [...]

8 Useful Tattoos for Practical Ink Enthusiasts

Tattoos have their fair share of downsides: the pain, the cost, and the disapproving glares from elderly family members. But if you select the right design, there can also be sweet functional benefits to getting inked. Here are some ingenious uses for tattoos that may even cause staunch opponents to soften their stance. 1. Give Baldness [...]

Why Does Getting Hit in the Testicles Hurt So Much?

Getty Images More than any other bodily injury, getting hit in the testicles is probably what every man dreads most. Of all the soft, fleshy spots on the human body, none register the same kind of incapacitating, end-of-the-world pain as the family jewels. What causes such inconceivable pain? Well, for starters, a shot to the balls [...]

Three Teens and a Deputy Injured in Drunk-driving Simulation

Drinking and driving don’t mix. You know what else doesn’t mix? Teenage drivers and drunk-simulating goggles. A group of Explorer’s Club members in Elkhart, Indiana were taking turns driving around a parking lot in a golf cart wearing the goggles, which distort the wearer’s vision. Around 7 p.m. investigators believe the 14-year-old driver took a turn [...]

Back Problems in Veterans

Veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries. That’s bad enough, but the number of veterans suffering from back injuries is much bigger. VA social worker Carroll McInroe says the strain put on the backs of young soldiers is making them into old men -and women- way [...]

Pothole Saves Girl’s Life

Laci Davis, an 8-year-old in Cincinnati, Ohio, accidentally ingested her necklace and heart-shaped locket, which lodged in her throat. The third-grader was in excruciating pain. “It felt like something was stabbing me right in the middle of my chest,” she said. Doctors at St. Elizabeth sent her to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It was the car ride that changed [...]

5 Incredibly Useful Pests

No one wants to come out of a lake or river covered in leeches and if your doctor pulls them out, you probably ought to run away as fast as you can…that is, unless you have arthritis. As it turns out, they can be particularly useful in those cases: Slap four leeches on your knee and [...]