Not to sound too dramatic, but there is LITERALLY nothing in this whole world worse than getting a paper cut. Actually there is one thing that's slightly worse. Getting a paper cut from one of those scented perfume pages in magazines, which is what happened to me when I was eight years old. I'm still having therapy…
But why do paper cuts hurt so goddamn much?
Well we now know the scientific reason why they feel worse than sitting in the fiery pits of Hell.
It's partly down to where we tend to incur the wounds, says dermatologist Dr. Hayley Goldbach, as our fingertips are basically pain-magnets.
She says: "It would probably also hurt a lot if you got a paper cut on your face or in your genitals, if you can imagine that."
I'd rather not, TBH…
"Fingertips are how we explore the world, how we do small delicate tasks. So it makes sense that we have a lot of nerve endings there. It's kind of a safety mechanism."
Another factor, according to BBC Future is the fact that they look a lot worse than they are. They tend to look like clean cuts, but paper actually has jagged edges, so your flesh is basically being sawed. Awesome…
Ferris Jabr of Scientific American said last year, "A paper cut is not as clean as it looks. The edge of paper looks smooth, but it is actually jagged. The piece of paper cuts through skin more like a small saw than a knife."
You haven't fainted yet have you?
He added: "Paper leaves behind chemical particles, irritating the wound. Because the wounds are shallow, they don't bleed or clot very much. Damaged tissues and neurons remain exposed. Every time we use our hands, the wound flexes open, disturbing these neurons."
Great. That's just great.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.