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The Top Ten Most Painful Body Areas To Suffer A Bee Sting

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By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — It doesn’t take scientific research to tell anybody that a bee sting … hurts.

But it does take scientific research to determine where on the male human body a bee sting REALLY hurts.

Yeah, we know what you are thinking.

But that’s not to worst place to get stung.

The ten most-painful locations on the body to suffer a bee’s bite are:

1) Nostril
2) Upper lip
3) Penis shaft (admit it: you were thinking this would be No. 1, right?)
4) Scrotum
5) Palm
6) Cheek
7) Armpit
8) Nipple
9) Abdomen
10) Middle finger tip (Bee sting THIS!)

For the sake of science and greater common knowledge, Michael L. Smith of Cornell University was stung on each of 25 body locations three times (yeah, even on No. 3 and No. 4) for greater accuracy.

One round consisted of bee stings on each body part.

“This study rated the painfulness of honey bee stings over 25 body locations,” according to the study. “Pain was rated on a 1–10 scale, relative to an internal standard, the forearm.”

The pain was rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most painful.

“All the stings induced pain in the author,” the study said. “The pain rating for each location was averaged over the three rounds, and ordered from lowest to highest.”

The nostril rated an average of 9.0. The upper lip was 8.7 and penis was 7.3.

The three least-painful locations were the skull, middle toe tip, and upper arm (all scoring a 2.3.)

However, because only Smith was stung, and he cautioned that the data should therefore not be generalized for the public.

Fair point, but why don’t we just take him at is word?

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