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Boiling Water Hurts Lobsters. Surprised?

WARNING: A gross video primer on the humane way to cook a lobster. Hint: Kill it first.

Scientists have gone back and forth over whether crustaceans feel pain — and what it really boils down to (sorry) is whether your conscience should pang you when you throw a live lobster into a pot for dinner. (Me, I leave the room but still eat the lobster: guilty.)

The latest scientific study says that yes, it likely does hurt when a lobster hits that boiling water. They're not just scrabbling around under the lid because it's dark in there.


Bonus: A gadget that kills the lobster for you, our segment on lobsters' feelings, and a piece on the long and happy lives of lobsters.