Observations

August 8th, 2008 at 12:36 pm by David Farrar
  1. Slicing your finger with a sharp knife is relatively painful
  2. A surprisingly large amount of blood can flow from a very small cut. And keep flowing. And keep flowing.
  3. It is very difficult to put on a band aid one handed, as the other hand as it is covered in blood. Eventually teeth play a part!
  4. Typing without your left forefinger is challenging as it is a digit one uses a lot naturally.
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34 Responses to “Observations”

  1. Dr Robotnik (533 comments) says:

    Wait until you need to scratch your arse when your good hand is otherwise occupied.

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  2. pseudonymous (71 comments) says:

    You want to try it when the digit is broken and in a splint for 5 weeks!!
    Relegated to the hunt and peck method.
    Had to choose another finger to pick my nose…………

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  3. big bruv (13,552 comments) says:

    DPF

    Slicing your finger with a BLUNT knife is what makes it painful, if you slice your finger with a really sharp knife you usually do not feel much at all until the blood starts spurting.

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  4. Fletch (6,132 comments) says:

    If you put cayenne pepper on it, it stops the bleeding. I don’t know the reason why, but it works. My mother read it somewhere and used the tip when she cut her finger at the bach once.

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  5. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    Sounds more like lopping than slicing. Slicing is messy but (eventually) it stops with compression. Lopping the end of one’s finger off is when it bleeds like a bastard.

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  6. Fabt3 (28 comments) says:

    Fletch, great to hear your mother trialled it on herself first.

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  7. Fabt3 (28 comments) says:

    DPF: that weird coding just cropped up again. All I did was refresh to get rid of it.

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  8. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (774 comments) says:

    “If you put cayenne pepper on it, it stops the bleeding. I don’t know the reason why, but it works”
    thats got to hurt

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  9. Rakaia George (313 comments) says:

    Yeah big bruv’s onto it. My dad always told me a blunt knife was more dangerous than a sharp one. If the cut’s clean, superglue’s a good solution in a pinch (are there enough unintended puns there?).

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  10. GPT1 (2,103 comments) says:

    Sharper knife should equal less pain. The amount of blood from a decent cut is most impressive. Head injuries are even better for bleeding.

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  11. Mark1 (90 comments) says:

    I am trying to think up some yawn inducing partisan comment to get a rise out of rogernome et al, but I cannot think of a link between cutting oneself and one’s personal ideology. I’ll work on it …

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  12. Rex Widerstrom (5,327 comments) says:

    Fear not, DPF. Provided your middle didgit is till operative you have all the attributes you need for an exciting career as a NZ First MP.

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  13. Fisiani (991 comments) says:

    Reminds me of when I went to get a tetanus shot and the doctor said

    Its just a little prick with a needle

    and I said

    Yes but what are you going to do with it!

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  14. Mr Dennis (348 comments) says:

    Cayenne pepper sounds rather painful. Use honey. Any honey will do but manuka is best. It will heal up better than if you used any commercial antiseptic.

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  15. burt (7,988 comments) says:

    Mark1

    Have you ever noticed that blood is red – like Labour. Labour values flow through all of us and blood is never blue. Medical diagrams show blue blood returning to the heart/lungs and the rich Labour red blood keeping us alive…..

    How is that for roger nome speak ?

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  16. toad (3,672 comments) says:

    A doctor friend of mine who sliced her finger recently actually managed to clean the wound and stitch it one-handed and unassisted. And you think putting on a bandaid with one hand is difficult!

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  17. Mark1 (90 comments) says:

    Not bad, not bad at all

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  18. Fletch (6,132 comments) says:

    Just did a Google Search on cayenne and stopping bleeding; seems to be a lot of info about it being very effective not only stopping external bleeding very fast but also taken internally for heart attacks and the like. Not painful either putting it on a wound, it says.

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  19. PaulL (5,977 comments) says:

    Yeah, how about you do it first and tell us Fletch? And I’m really wondering a bit here – how did anyone work this out? They cut themselves one day, and looked for something to staunch the flow. Seeing a box of cayenne pepper, a light bulb went on…..

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  20. aardvark (417 comments) says:

    This is old news (to me) — I remind myself regularly while in the workshop and curse regularly while typing up my blog the next morning.

    By the way (and totally off topic) I think the Nats should be worried about what Labour are up to. I just found out that there’s been a huge amount of left-wing traffic to this site:

    http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/05/10/tricks-that-enable-you-to-take-secret-pictures/

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  21. llew (1,533 comments) says:

    My mum lopped the crowns of two fingers off with the lawnmower once. My brother came home to find the unattended lawnmower running in the backyard, the house wide open with no one there & the kitchen covered in blood. The mystery was solved when she arrived back from A & E.

    Some years later, she managed to lop the same two crowns off with a classroom guillotine. The doctor asked her when was the last time she had a tetanus shot. She couldn’t remember. He checked the records & announced that it was the year before – the last time she lopped the end off her fingers with a guillotine.

    SO 3 times in all. Mind you, she’s 72 now and those 3 occurrences were spread over a couple of decades :)

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  22. dave strings (608 comments) says:

    EASIEST remedy to stop bleeding – cobwebs! What’s more, they’re usually much more accessible than pepper or honey!

    BUT THE VERY BEST IS DOG SPIT!

    Yeah, I know all the hygiene issues with both of these, but have also used them both and they work. You try finding cayenne pepper in a field in the middle of nowhere with 13 scouts hammering in tent pegs, one with the axe the wrong way round. Cobwebs!

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  23. Colonel Masters (420 comments) says:

    Burt, that was very good, but more like Chris Trotter Speak.

    Nome’s post would have included a link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_heart

    BTW, note: “The left side of the heart is thicker than the right…”

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  24. Murray (8,841 comments) says:

    You know you’re kind of soft David.

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  25. Rex Widerstrom (5,327 comments) says:

    burt: Not bad, but doesn’t quite capture the full flavour. There was no link to a poorly researched and questionably accurate Wikipedia page as though it were unimpeachable wisdom writ in stone, for a start. And not once did you find an excuse to mention the fact that you had a first class honours degree.

    dave strings: How do you get a dog to spit? (That sounds like the setup for a punchline if ever there was one…)

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  26. Brian (Shadowfoot) (80 comments) says:

    Are you on twitter? If so, were you tweeting all the steps (with your good hand) you took? If not, why not?

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  27. SPC (5,472 comments) says:

    From my experience it’s usually the cat that is out at night stealing from peoples rubbish bags and if the Labour government does not withdraw its bigoted and malicious slur on dogs who wear hoods, one will have to question if one can vote for a continuance of this government.

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  28. Steve (4,519 comments) says:

    Mark 1,
    rogernome et al are not here, they have all cut a finger and used cayenne peeper to see if it works!
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
    Stupid people get what they deserve.
    Thet probably did not cut a finger off, because they need them to count.
    Count the days left until the Election.

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  29. Penelope (69 comments) says:

    Actually, your own saliva works pretty well too. Saliva has an enzyme in it which helps blood coagulate, which is why most of us will instinctively put our fingers in our mouth if we cut or puncture them.

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  30. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    “How do you get a dog to spit?”
    What, as opposed to ‘swallow’?

    Why would I be having that conversation?
    You are one sick man.

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  31. bustedblonde (138 comments) says:

    penalope i suspect that why we gals are inclined to put other things engorged with blood in our mouths – instinct..

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  32. Fletch (6,132 comments) says:

    I think the saliva of cats has a natural antiseptic in it; for when they lick themselves etc – lick their wounds…

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  33. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    one word – urine. preferable not cats pee though id imagine.

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  34. dave strings (608 comments) says:

    Busted blond
    I’d say Tell Me More About The Inclination of yours
    But I think I’d get real demerits for that :-) :-(

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