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(Time)   The mystery of the human body's most annoying sensation, itching, finally explained. And suddenly you find your back itching for no reason   ( science.time.com) divider line
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2013-05-24 12:33:29 AM  
5 votes:
Usually when you feel an itch somewhere, it's one of those almost invisible tiny baby spiders crawling on you.
2013-05-24 03:10:43 AM  
2 votes:

Omahawg: bugs....bugs under my skin, man

can't you see them? can't you?

Peter (on phone): Hello? Hello?

President Jimmy Carter: Yes. Hello, Peter?

Peter (on phone): Is this the President?

President Jimmy Carter: Yes, it is.

Walter Cronkite: Do you have a question for the President?

Peter (on phone): Uh.. I, uh.. I took some acid.. I'm afraid to leave my apartment, and I can't wear any clothes.. and the ceiling is dripping, and uh.. I, uh..

Walter Cronkite: Well, thank you very much for calling, sir..

President Jimmy Carter: Just a minute, Walter, this guy's in trouble. I think I better try to talk him down. Peter?

Peter (on phone): Yeah..?

President Jimmy Carter: Peter, what did the acid look like?

Peter (on phone): They were these little orange pills.

President Jimmy Carter: Were they barrel shaped?

Peter (on phone): Uh.. yes.

President Jimmy Carter: Okay, right, you did some orange sunshine, Peter.

Peter (on phone): Very good of you to know that, sir.

President Jimmy Carter: How long ago did you take it, Peter?

Peter (on phone): Uh.. I don't know. I can't read my watch.

President Jimmy Carter: Alright, Peter, just listen. Everything is going to be fine. You're very high right now. You will probably be that way for about five more hours. Try taking some vitamin B complex, vitamin C complex.. if you have a beer, go ahead and drink it..

Peter (on phone): Okay..

President Jimmy Carter: Just remember you're a living organism on this planet, and you're very safe. You've just taken a heavy drug. Relax, stay inside and listen to some music, Okay? Do you have any Allman Brothers?

Peter (on phone): Yes, I do, sir. Everything is okay, huh Jimmy?

President Jimmy Carter: It sure is, Peter. You know, I'm against drug use myself, but I'm not going to lay that on you right now. Just mellow out the best you can, okay?

Peter (on phone): Okay..!

President Jimmy Carter: Okay.

Walter Cronkite: Well, thank you, Mr. President. Our time is up for this week, but let me remind you that it is now time to buy your tickets for the first annual "I Slept At The White House" lottery, on sale at federal office buildings everywhere.

President Jimmy Carter: I figure there's no harm in trying, Walt. The tickets are only a dollar, and maybe someone out there will win an all-expense paid trip to spend the night here with us in Washington. Good night!

Walter Cronkite: Good night, thank you very much.
2013-05-24 02:36:38 AM  
1 vote:

2chris2: I Didn't read the article,  but... how is it a mystery?  The purpose of itching is to get bugs off you.  As during most of our existence, we lived outdoors, with bugs crawling on us.

I get some pretty bad zits sometimes and occasionally I will suddenly feel a sharp pain/itch on a spot (usually my back), scratch it, and realize there's one forming and it's time to take care of it. I've also noticed sometimes I'll scratch in the shower and it feels so good I keep going, and next thing I know there's lots of dead skin under my nails and I look like I was in a girl-fight. My theory is that it's also a way your body lets you know that the skin has renewed itself to a state where you need to help it out with the removal of the old.

//I might just be crazy
2013-05-24 01:44:06 AM  
1 vote:
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2013-05-24 12:40:27 AM  
1 vote:
Ha! Fooled you! I was already itching before I read your headline!

I can break out in hives at the drop of a pin. I have dermatographia (where welts rise at a scratch, so you can write on your skin with a finger nail--the name means "skin writing" or more literally "skin carving" since the Greek world for writing literally means scratching, seeing as the Greeks did a lot of their writing with a chisel or by scratching short notes into broken pottery, which they used like sticky notes.

Pottery was cheaper and more plentiful than paper, which was made of expensive papyrus, cloth (linen paper is literally made with linen) or in extreme cases, parchment, which is animal hide scraped clean and thin, which means that each folio sheet of paper costs you a sheep.

My life is one long pain. But I bear it well because like Lucy van Pelt, I am naturally crabby. There's a long long line of grouchy Puritans in my family tree. A lot of long lines of grouchy Puritans. We love to complain. It distracts us from the pain, annoyance and so forth.

Mutter, moan, whine, groan, biatch, complain. I have something like that on a button around here somewhere.
2013-05-24 12:35:09 AM  
1 vote:
It's not as bad as being aware of your tongue. That's when you realize how your tongue feels in your mouth and it seems like it's bigger than it should be. And the worst part is... once that feeling sets in... it never goes away.
2013-05-24 12:35:05 AM  
1 vote:
God dammit.

*Grabs back scratcher*
2013-05-24 12:18:33 AM  
1 vote:
Whatever the f*ck it is, it concentrates itself in my balls, and activates itself when I get out of bed

/damn... that feels good
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