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Don’t Try This at Home: New TV Series Creating a Guide to Measuring Pain

Sep 27, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A challenging new TV series has the seemingly noble goal of creating a “pain index” — the ultimate guide to measuring pain — an undertaking that may be meant to benefit humankind, but can be difficult to watch. (See clip below.)

The show is History’s “Kings of Pain,” which premieres Nov. 12. The series tracks the activities of wildlife biologist Adam Thorn and professional animal handler Rob “Caveman” Alleva as they allow themselves to be bitten and stung by some of the most dangerous animals in the world in an effort to create a complete and comprehensive pain index that the producers say will ultimately help save lives.

The one-hour nonfiction series is set for an eight-episode run on History.

Click here to watch a clip that may be even worse, featuring a python, and to read the full announcement from History.

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  1. This is just an attempt to make money from something that is not really quantifiable. Some of the creatures they are having bite them include an executioner wasp, fire urchin, rove beetle, lionfish, and scorpion fish. The ratings they are giving the pain are really ratings that only apply directly to them. What might be a horrible pain to them from one creature might be a tolerable pain to someone else. For instance, I am highly allergic to fire ant stings. They cause me severe swelling and severe pain that lasts for days. Yet I have friends that have little discernible reactions to fire ant stings. Pain is highly individualized. One person’s pain may be another person’s pleasure.

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