Planning a post quarantine tattoo? You better start practicing your potty mouth now because according to science, constantly repeating the F-word has been shown to increase your pain threshold. Which is pretty F-ing cool.
Interestingly, the study found that if you try to pull some basic cable censoring of yourself by using replacement words, it won’t work. The researchers gauged the subjects’ pain threshold by having them submerge their hands in ice-cold water and gave a few of them some new swear words to try out. In the end, the folks that were told to say “fouch” and “twizpipe” when they were in pain didn’t fare as well as the people using the raw, uncut, uncensored F-word. Tough to beat a classic!
This adds to the pile of research that says swearing is basically a way to activate our superpowers. For example, the same researchers found that swearing can improve strength back in 2018.
Source: ARS Technica