Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Vid Of The Day: Tin Man or Live Audience?

Amusing.



Schmidt Sting Pain Index

And now for something completely different....

This list amuses me, and I was okay with the pain until the Yellowjacket. It was downhill from there.

From Wikipedia:


The Schmidt Sting Pain Index or the Justin O. Schmidt Pain Index is a pain scale rating the relative pain caused by different Hymenopteran stings. It is mainly the work of Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center. Schmidt has published a number of papers on the subject and claims to have been stung by the majority of stinging Hymenoptera.

His original paper in 1984 was an attempt to systematize and compare the hemolytic properties of insect venoms. The index contained in the paper started from 0 for stings that are completely ineffective against humans, progressed through 2, a familiar pain such as a common bee or wasp sting, and finished at 4 for the most painful stings. Notably, Schmidt described some of the experiences in vivid and almost synesthetic detail:




1.0 - SWEAT BEE

Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.


1.2 - FIRE ANT

Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.


1.8 - BULLHORN ACACIA ANT

A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.


2.0 - BALD-FACED HORNET

Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.


2.0 - YELLOW JACKET

Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.


2.x - HONEY BEE & EUROPEAN HORNET

Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.


3.0 - RED HARVESTER ANT

Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.


3.0 - PAPER WASP

Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.


4.0 - PEPSIS WASP (TARANTULA HAWK)

Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.


4.0+ - BULLET ANT

Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.

Sweet dreams!


Dog Of The Day (video)

The sound effects make it. From Tony Ro.



News Of The Day: Bellicose Burger Bitch Busted

That didn't take long. Twelve different friends ratted her out, I bet.

Closure from Samsmama. The last line of the article is my favorite.


Woman charged after throwing tantrum over burger at midtown McDonald's

By CHRISTINE VENDEL
The Kansas City Star

Jackson County prosecutors charged a woman with property damage Tuesday for allegedly tearing up a McDonald’s lobby after being served a “messed up” cheeseburger.

Kansas City police arrested Alesha McMullen, 19, on the felony charge Sunday at an apartment where she was hiding in a closet, according to court records. She was identified through calls to the TIPS Hotline after police released video surveillance of the Dec. 27 outburst at the restaurant at 3255 Main St.

According to police, McMullen ordered the cheeseburger snack wrap, a newer menu item, but received a regular cheeseburger. Employees made another burger for her, but she allegedly refused it and demanded a refund.

After employees said no, she allegedly threw a water dispenser and a plastic wet floor sign over the counter before knocking three cash registers off the counter, breaking one. Damage was estimated at $3,000.

When questioned by police, McMullen admitted throwing things because the restaurant messed up her order, court records say.

Detectives said McMullen said she was having a “bad day.”



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