If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(The Straight Dope)   If you can read this entire column without feeling the urge to scratch numerous itches, you must be some kind of Zen master   (straightdope.com) divider line 42
    More: Interesting, Zen, hair-triggers, fleas  
•       •       •

12060 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Mar 2013 at 7:27 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



42 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-01 05:22:21 PM
I read it without scratching myself. I'm used to suppressing that impulse because I have naturally very itchy skin.

I'm confident that there is a psychological aspect because when I see the first mosquito my skin becomes very sensitive, even when they aren't digging into my flesh.

When I first wrote about this subject years ago, it was thought itching was a mild form of pain. Nobody thinks that now.

I thought that up to now, partly for the reason stated in the column: pain makes itching go away.
 
2013-03-01 07:20:13 PM
Reading is in itself a form of scratching the brain.
 
2013-03-01 07:28:35 PM
I'm two knuckles into my ass right now...
 
2013-03-01 07:34:02 PM
I was scratching my nuts when I clicked the link, so I guess I lose, subby
 
2013-03-01 07:34:37 PM
I didn't make it past the headline :/
 
2013-03-01 07:36:15 PM
Weird. I wonder if that suppression of pain which causes itching to worsen is why meth addicts are so itchy.
 
2013-03-01 07:36:52 PM
I get itchy when I realize all the thousands of dust mites pooping on me all day.
 
2013-03-01 07:37:57 PM
Meth keeps me from scratching at the crabs.
 
2013-03-01 07:38:01 PM
I failed.  And itched in some weird spots, to boot!
 
2013-03-01 07:40:18 PM
Scratch it 'til it bleeds, I always say.

Bleeding allows the demons trapped beneath your skin to excape
 
2013-03-01 07:41:11 PM
I could read it without scratching, yes.

Read it without FEELING THE URGE TO SCRATCH? Oh hell no.
 
2013-03-01 07:41:11 PM
dvdmedia.ign.com
 
2013-03-01 07:49:11 PM
Couldn't concentrate on the article, my wool underpants was distracting me.
 
2013-03-01 07:49:44 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-01 07:53:06 PM
i4.ytimg.com

my balls itch
 
2013-03-01 07:54:19 PM

Hassan Ben Sobr: [25.media.tumblr.com image 850x1115]


I'd scratch it...
 
2013-03-01 07:55:14 PM
I just have myself pink eye
 
2013-03-01 07:58:19 PM
I did itch while reading that, but I'm pretty sure it was judt the heroin.
 
2013-03-01 07:58:23 PM
fun fact: an itch is medically defined as a low level pain.

i like to itch & sniff but people get all sorts of attitude at the Burger King.
 
2013-03-01 08:02:01 PM
Before it loaded I was already scratching my balls...
 
2013-03-01 08:02:47 PM
I just think of sandpaper and the itchies go away.

/ Or I use sandpaper, 'cause that makes the itchies go away as well.
// Skin & nerve endings too.
/// Hi Opal.
 
2013-03-01 08:04:51 PM
Fight, fight, fight. Bite, bite, bite.
 
2013-03-01 08:17:59 PM
I didn't itch while reading it, but that's because I used up all of today's psychosomatic itchiness when I was stuck in the back of an ambulance with a guy infested with bed bugs.
 
2013-03-01 08:27:33 PM

WhippingBoy: I'm two knuckles into my ass right now...


You generally are, so that doesn't count.
 
2013-03-01 08:28:18 PM

WhippingBoy: I'm two knuckles into my ass right now...


So am I.
Your ass, I mean. Not mine.
 
2013-03-01 08:33:03 PM
Scabies

/wouldn't know
 
2013-03-01 08:33:35 PM
Now I know why I itch all over whenever I take vicodin...
 
2013-03-01 08:43:53 PM

Gyrfalcon: WhippingBoy: I'm two knuckles into my ass right now...

You generally are, so that doesn't count.


Heh...
 
2013-03-01 08:46:22 PM

KrispyKritter: fun fact: an itch is medically defined as a low level pain.

i like to itch & sniff but people get all sorts of attitude at the Burger King.


want to know how I know you didn;t RTFA?
 
2013-03-01 08:52:48 PM
www.fastgm.com
 
2013-03-01 08:59:26 PM
i read that this morning, thought to myself, "wired I don't feel itchy, men " tonight reading the comments, every place on my body itches
 
2013-03-01 09:05:37 PM
I guess I'm the odd duck, I didn't even get an inkling of an itch anywhere. I am, however, one of those people that yawns in response to any other yawning.  Even just looking looking at pictures of yawning people or animals. Heck I've yawned twice just typing this sentence about yawning.
 
2013-03-01 09:42:48 PM
Your skin is the largest organ and it is replenishing itself constantly. It molts completely about every two weeks. It grows, flexes, stretches and shrinks with your daily activities. Itching is just discomfort on your skin as a consequence of these activities.

Scratching resettles it.

/there. how hard is this, people?
 
2013-03-01 10:33:15 PM
Then there's this lady who scratched a hole through her skull into her BRAIN......
 
2013-03-02 01:33:42 AM
Sometimes, I tickle the roof of my mouth with my tongue which causes the roof of my mouth to itch. I then use my tongue to rub and scratch at the roof of my mouth for relief. Unfortunately, this also tickles and makes it itch some more. It's a damnable cycle which only stops when something distracts me.
 
2013-03-02 01:35:14 AM

Ishkur: Your skin is the largest organ and it is replenishing itself constantly. It molts completely about every two weeks.


This fits with something I realized a long time ago while doing wound care.  Healing wounds slough.  They also itch.  Mechanical debridement often soothes itching, healing wounds.  My surmise: itching is sometimes a signal that an area requires debridement--a physical removal of sloughing cells--in order to heal more efficiently.
 
2013-03-02 01:45:55 AM
I rubbed my nose a few times reading that, but it's a bit dusty and I've been sneezy anyways.

I've always felt that pinching was better than scratching anyways; makes sense now.
 
2013-03-02 02:17:26 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-02 02:41:05 AM

Hop-Frog: Ishkur: Your skin is the largest organ and it is replenishing itself constantly. It molts completely about every two weeks.

This fits with something I realized a long time ago while doing wound care.  Healing wounds slough.  They also itch.  Mechanical debridement often soothes itching, healing wounds.  My surmise: itching is sometimes a signal that an area requires debridement--a physical removal of sloughing cells--in order to heal more efficiently.


You are right to a point.  Fine sandpaper does wonders on scar tissue.  400 grit at a minimum.  80, not so much to my chagrin one night after a pint of rum
 
2013-03-02 04:08:44 AM
Hey Subby: your mom says I scratch her itch just fine.

( j/k )
 
2013-03-02 04:10:15 AM

HisBoyLeroy: Sometimes, I tickle the roof of my mouth with my tongue which causes the roof of my mouth to itch. I then use my tongue to rub and scratch at the roof of my mouth for relief. Unfortunately, this also tickles and makes it itch some more. It's a damnable cycle which only stops when something distracts me.


(snark) yeah, your post made me yawn too (\snark)
 
2013-03-02 10:46:09 AM
Why do we itch?

'Cause we stayed at a Radisson in NYC last week
 
Displayed 42 of 42 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report