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Why Does Standing On Lego Hurt So Much?

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockMar 11 2016, 16:26 UTC
352 Why Does Standing On Lego Hurt So Much?
The stuff of nightmares. Frédérique Voisin-Demery/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

It’s hard to believe something so colorful and playful could also be so distressing, but if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego brick with your bare foot, you’ll know there’s no pain quite like it.

So what makes these interlocking bricks of plastic such an unpleasant experience to step on?

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This video from the American Chemical Society’s YouTube channel, Reactions, shows the science behind why these little Danish bricks really get your nerves zinging.

 

 

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Main image credit: Frédérique Voisin-Demery/Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)


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