What do you think is the most painful body part for a bee sting?
A recent “experiment” concludes that the worst places to get stung by a bee are 1) the nostril, 2) the lip and 3) the penis.
How do we know that? Michael Smith, a Cornell University graduate who studies the behaviour and evolution of honeybees conducted an experiment on himself to find out. He collected bees by grabbing their wings with forceps and pressing them against the body part of choice. He left the stinger there for a full minute before removing it, and then rated his pain on a scale of 1 to 10. He administered five stings a day, starting and ending with “test stings” on his forearm to aid ratings calibration. He did this for 38 days, stinging himself three times each on 25 different body parts.
The most painful sites were the penis shaft (7.3), upper lip (8.7) and nostril (9.0). “It’s electric and pulsating,” he Smith. “Especially the nose. Your body really reacts. You’re sneezing and wheezing and snot is just dribbling out. Getting stung in the nose is a whole-body experience.”