Silly questions and the scientific answers
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03-09-2016, 08:07 AM
RE: Silly questions and the scientific answers
(03-09-2016 04:03 AM)Leela Wrote:  haha Bucky Ball, I am reading it too of course Big Grin But it is not mine.

Paleophyte: Thanks for the explanation. I am not sure why you highlight the "he" so much in the second one. The question was copied from where I read it and was originally phrased that way. I don't think that the original brain behind the question had an agenda Wink But yea... I was wondering if paper cuts are actually deep enough to allow for lemon juice to enter the blood stream. Dehydration was something I hadn't even thought of. I would assume that vinegar or salty pickle water would have a similar effect when it comes to dehydration?

A paper cut is small enough that it'll clot quickly preventing anything foreign from getting in. You need a pretty major wound to allow any significant amount of foreign material in. The pain from paper cuts and lemon juice is largely nerves endings in your skin exposed in the cut to direct contact with an acid solution. They aren't happy about that and aren't shy about letting you know.

Yes, salt and vinegar is probably more effecetive at pickling than lemon juice would be. You can make it more concentrated. I use salt and vinegar to polish drill core with steel wool and can tell you that the steel wool splinters are a real joy in that mix.

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04-09-2016, 04:46 AM
RE: Silly questions and the scientific answers
But why is it that paper cuts, and shallow cuts from a scalpel, often hurt far out of oroportion to their size, more than larger and deeper cuts?

When a Rottweiler tried to grab my arm its reeth lifted a flap of skin about an inch square. Luckily it did not get a grip. Don't even remember seeing the dog move, I was just suddenly standing ten feet off the path with blood dripping from my fingers. Good reactions for an oldie!

I expected far more pain than there was, until I realised that my nervous system saw it as only a three inch cut into the nerve layer, just like any other cut. Just looked terrible!

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04-09-2016, 05:00 AM
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I have a silly scientific question.

Why did Jake the peg have an extra leg???

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04-09-2016, 06:17 AM
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(04-09-2016 04:46 AM)Gloucester Wrote:  But why is it that paper cuts, and shallow cuts from a scalpel, often hurt far out of oroportion to their size, more than larger and deeper cuts?

When a Rottweiler tried to grab my arm its reeth lifted a flap of skin about an inch square. Luckily it did not get a grip. Don't even remember seeing the dog move, I was just suddenly standing ten feet off the path with blood dripping from my fingers. Good reactions for an oldie!

I expected far more pain than there was, until I realised that my nervous system saw it as only a three inch cut into the nerve layer, just like any other cut. Just looked terrible!

Because most sensory cells and nerves are placed near the surface of your skin.
From an evolutionary standpoint you want an warning of impending harm to be as early as possible in order to be effective for avoiding harm. Ergo: having more sensory perception near your skin is prefered.

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04-09-2016, 10:37 AM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2016 11:39 AM by Gloucester.)
RE: Silly questions and the scientific answers
(04-09-2016 06:17 AM)Deesse23 Wrote:  
(04-09-2016 04:46 AM)Gloucester Wrote:  But why is it that paper cuts, and shallow cuts from a scalpel, often hurt far out of oroportion to their size, more than larger and deeper cuts?

When a Rottweiler tried to grab my arm its reeth lifted a flap of skin about an inch square. Luckily it did not get a grip. Don't even remember seeing the dog move, I was just suddenly standing ten feet off the path with blood dripping from my fingers. Good reactions for an oldie!

I expected far more pain than there was, until I realised that my nervous system saw it as only a three inch cut into the nerve layer, just like any other cut. Just looked terrible!
Figures, thanx.
Because most sensory cells and nerves are placed near the surface of your skin.
From an evolutionary standpoint you want an warning of impending harm to be as early as possible in order to be effective for avoiding harm. Ergo: having more sensory perception near your skin is prefered.
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04-09-2016, 10:46 AM
RE: Silly questions and the scientific answers
(02-09-2016 08:15 AM)Leela Wrote:  
(02-09-2016 08:01 AM)Gloucester Wrote:  IMHO you are a tad weird, Leela!

Just what medication are you taking again?

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04-09-2016, 10:51 AM
RE: Silly questions and the scientific answers
There is a myth among Colombians about a ship wrecked group of 17 people that all survived for several months with no more nourishment than one lactating woman and everybody drank her milk. All the food they could find and scrounge went to her and she fed everybody else. No I don't believe it.
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