Men brought to tears during 'going into labour' simulation
I stubbed my toe last week. It really hurt. There wasn't any blood or broken skin that I could see — but, rest assured, I cursed out the edge of that coffee table with all the energy I could muster.
Everyone handles pain in different ways. Some, ahem, cringe when running into furniture; others take punches to the face without even flinching. But there's one type of pain, above all else, that's inarguably the worst: giving birth. Mothers understand it, men never will. And that's that. Simple.
Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, hosts of the Dutch TV show Guinea Pigs, weren't quite buying that idea. The pair underwent an electro-simulation of labour pains to see for themselves what it felt like. Both men had four electrodes strapped to their abdomens and, over a two-hour period, were administered intermittent electrical shocks to simulate contractions.
The result? Not so pretty. At first, the two are able to laugh off the initial pains. Around the 4:30 mark, though, the agony sets in.
In the end, both seem to have changed their minds. "It was torture for me," says an exhausted-looking Zeno. "I don't know if I dare make my wife pregnant."
Watch it for yourself above. (It's in Dutch, but you can click the "CC" icon in the lower right side of the screen for English captions.)
And, sincerely, hats off to women everywhere. I'll take toe-stubbing over this any day.
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