Since the dawn of time, people have been getting injured. You’d think we’d have good knowledge of all the injuries you can possibly sustain by now, but in short: we don’t. Below are some weird injuries you’ve probably never heard of, and hopefully never experienced.
1. Hogwarts Headache
This one’s for the kids. A few years ago, there was a rash of children getting tension headaches. This is a pretty rare occurrence; children don’t commonly get chronic headaches. One Dr. Howard J. Bennett finally noticed the connection: they had all been voraciously reading the newest Harry Potter book. Hogwarts Headache is an unfortunate side effect of children reading more, for longer periods.
2. BlackBerry Thumb
Common among business folks, BlackBerry thumb results in repeated use of the thumb to type on a phone. It’s a similar injury to carpal tunnel syndrome, resulting from repetitive strain and leading to side effects like pain, swelling, and numbness. Thumbs just aren’t flexible enough for the repeated use.
3. Gourmand Syndrome
Have you ever met someone obsessed with delicacies in cuisine? Maybe they were a snob, or maybe they sustained a right frontal lobe injury. Damage in this particular part of the brain can lead to a fanatical focus on fine foods.
4. Text Neck
If you’ve noticed shooting pains down your neck and arms or numbness and tingling in your hands, you might want to put the phone down. Turns out, hunching over a phone day-in and day-out can have some nasty side effects, from pains to changes in curvature and supporting ligaments.
5. The Kiss of Deaf
We all know someone we regret kissing– maybe they couldn’t control their slobber or they kept banging their teeth into your face. Most of us don’t know, however, that it’s possible to cause temporary deafness via lip-locking. A man in China sent his darling to the hospital with a ruptured eardrum after he kissed her in such a way that he reduced the pressure in her mouth, leading to injury. Practice safe kissing, folks!
The world is a crazy place, and it turns out, everything can and totally will try to hurt you. Maybe now that you’re a little better informed on all the weird– and slightly hilarious– ways everyday objects and actions can cause you pain, you can avoid embarrassing injuries more effectively. Good luck and stay safe out there!