Amazing scientific breakthrough alert: It hurts when bees sting you on the genitals, but not as much as when they sting you on the face.
Who would have ever expected that it hurts more to have a bee sting you on the nostril than on the crotch? Not Michael Smith, Cornell University student and hero, and not anyone.
“We speculated it probably really would hurt to get stung in the testicles. Two days later, by chance, I did get stung there. It didn’t hurt as much as I expected it to.”
As it turns out, the testicles are the fourth worst spot on the body to be stung by a bee, tied with the cheeks, palms and armpits.]. Smith discovered that the nostril is actually the worst spot to be stung by a bee, followed by the upper lip. The penis came in a distant third. If you’re looking to get stung by bees, try to get stung on the skull, middle toe and upper arm, those spots hurt the least.
I know what you’re wondering: how could anyone come to such conclusions without deliberately stinging themselves all over their body? They can’t and he didn’t. For a real science project, an actual human man “grasped a honeybee in forceps, placed it against his skin until it stung him, then allowed the stinger to remain for a minute – five times a day for 38 days.” I’m now obsessed with him.
Michael Smith, whose research was published in the journal Peer J, chose 25 parts of his body and had bees sting him in those spots to see where it hurt the most. Some areas were easier to purposefully hurt than others. Smith told The Independent that areas like the buttocks “required the use of a mirror and an erect posture during stinging.” Call it schadenfreude, but I just love the image of a lab-coat wearing scientist holding a hand mirror up to their own butt to get a really good view of self-inflicted bee stings.