Gosh Darn It: Swearing May Lessen Pain Researchers at Keele University in England are studying ways to withstand pain. Volunteers were told to stick their hands in ice cold water, and keep the hands underwater until they hurt. Apparently volunteers could withstand the pain longer if they repeated a bunch of four-letter words.

Gosh Darn It: Swearing May Lessen Pain

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Researchers in England think they've found a new way to help you withstand pain. Volunteers were told to stick their hands in icy cold water and keep the hands underwater until they hurt. Apparently the volunteers could withstand the pain longer if they repeated a bunch of four- letter words. Now, we can't tell you for certain if this method really works, although I did stub my toe a minute ago and for some reason now I'm feeling fine.

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