Huffington Post - Our readers may be able to guess at least one of the most painful places to be stung by a bee.
But if you want the research to back it up, intrepid researcher Michael Smith, a graduate student at Cornell University, says that the three worst places to be stung by a bee are as follows: The nostril, the lip and the penis.
National Geographic has more on how Smith stung himself for science:
Smith was methodical. He collected bees by grabbing their wings “haphazardly with forceps” and pressing them against the body part of choice. He left the stinger there for a full minute before removing it, and then rated his pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Pain is very hard to measure, but psychological studies have found that numerical scales do a decent job of putting numbers on an inherently subjective experience.
As io9 notes, at least two of the best or least painful places to be stung (skull, middle toe, upper-arm) are spots that are also most likely to be covered by hair or clothing.
For more on Smith's research, go to NatGeo.
So I don't get it? This guy just latched bees on different parts of his body and let them sting him for a minute, and now he gets to make the definitive worst place to get stung list? Uh, why? Oh, Michael Smith went to Cornell, he's a researcher, must be a smart guy, let's just hand the keys of the pain threshold over to the guy why don't we?
I mean I will say this: if the argument is that he's the only person ever who's stupid enough to just let bees sting all over their body, so he gets to be the "expert" on it, then fine. I won't disagree, let him be the expert. But to sit here and say that one idiot's summary of getting stung over and over and telling us what hurts the most is the end all be all list of bee sting pain then that's where I have a problem. We're all different, bro. Some of us have sensitive areas in different places, ever think of that, genius? Little thing called variables there, chief.
For example, I have sensitive ears. Always have, always will. Winter wind comes and my ears feel like tiny ice men pounding against my head, can't wear big headphones, if a girl ever thinks they're a good place for some foreplay I jump away like a freak to avoid any contact. So I would argue that a sting to the ear would be more painful for me personally than the lips. And, having been stung inside of the fuckin ear as an 8 year old, I have the evidence to back it up. That shit hurt like a bitch, my ear swelled up to elephant man status, I was wailing crying, it was a whole big thing. Now, I'm not saying a lip would've been a welcomed replacement sting location, but the trauma and pain that went along with taking a stinger to my sensitive little inner ear was traumatic for my innocent 8 year old self. To this day I still avoid bees because of that.
So get me a bigger sample size here, Mikey. Not saying your list is total bullshit*, but you've got to allow for differences in areas of sensitivity for everyone. I mean, this is important shit, people. Need to know what part to protect the most when you get swarmed by these little heartless bastards. Let's give it the research focus that it deserves.
* The dick would obviously be horrifically awful, and the nostril is sneaky the best answer ever. Have you ever had a zit or little razor cut right on the opening of your nostril? Seriously one of the most painful things you deal with as a human. Impossible to pop one of those suckers without tears in your eyes.