The Real Reason Why Paper Cuts Hurt So Damn Much

    A fate crueler than death.

    If you've ever accidentally sliced your finger on a piece of paper (or, god forbid, A MANILA ENVELOPE!!!!), you know that paper cuts hurt like a mother.

    How does one 1/4-inch-long cut feel like someone sawed off your entire arm??

    Not to mention when you forget about it and use *gasp* hand sanitizer.

    First of all, there are more pain receptors in your fingertips than most other places in your body.

    Second, a sheet of paper's edge is actually serrated like a saw blade, so those tiny ridges slice and dice your skin up more than they would if the edge were smooth, like a knife.

    And third, paper cuts are too shallow to generate that much blood, meaning your body doesn't immediately rush in to clot and heal the wound.

    Be careful out there, kids.