If Looks Could Laugh

April 20, 2011

WTF — Sonofabitchin’ asshole of a shithead!

Researchers found that the students were able to keep their hands submerged in the icy water for longer when repeating the swear word — establishing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance.
They also found that the pain-numbing effect was four times more likely to work in the volunteers who did not normally use bad language.

So, don’t work if you cuss a lot, huh?

Illustration found here).

Also from the abstract of the report, via UK’s The Independent:

Swearing increased pain tolerance, increased heart rate and decreased perceived pain compared with not swearing.
However, swearing did not increase pain tolerance in males with a tendency to catastrophise.
The observed pain-lessening (hypoalgesic) effect may occur because swearing induces a fight-or-flight response and nullifies the link between fear of pain and pain perception.

But, hey, cussing won’t help if some of us boys are drama queens, regarding every a bad, or not-so-good situation as if it were highly disastrous or completely catastrophic.

Yeah, but what if reality shit is real-bad shit?
Kelly B. Vlahos explains at antiwar.com:

But when was the last time Americans “felt safe,” really?
September 10, 2001? Haven’t the last ten years conspired to make us uneasy and pessimistic enough to go along — in quite large numbers — with an endless War on Terror, including two major military operations overseas, and a host of expanded police powers here at home that everyday denigrate our constitutional rights to privacy and freedom just a little more?
Certainly, we have borne witness to more dramatic natural disasters in recent times than seems, well, natural.
Before Japan, there was the 2004 earthquake and tsunami that killed over 230,000 in 14 South Asian countries; the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan that killed over 80,000 and left 3.5 million homeless; the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that left over 310,000 and 1 million (still) homeless; and the Chilean quake in 2010 (the country suffered two huge “aftershock” almost a year later in January, and then again in February).

Popular programming also reflects the corporate media’s key mission — making money — which fits quite well into Fear Inc.’s business model, and conveniently into any apocalyptic predictions to come down the great fire and brimstone way.
As a result, cable networks like the so-called History and Discovery Channels don’t care if people hit the panic button — just don’t grab for the remote control.
There appears to be no other explanation for the rise in graphic documentaries like Day After Disaster, Life After People, and Apocalypse Now.
Politics, government and corporations, all working together for a better End of the World.
As Discovery Channel asks, “Is the end of life on earth lurking just around the corner?”

And to just  be on the safe side,  f**k the Discovery Channel!

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