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The Real Reason Why Paper Cuts Hurt So Damn Much

A fate crueler than death.

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

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

So a cut on your finger, where there are more nerve endings, stings more than, say, a cut on your thigh. “Fingertips are how we explore the world, how we do small, delicate tasks,” Dr. Hayley Goldbach told the BBC, “so it makes sense that we have a lot of nerve endings there. It’s kind of a safety mechanism.”