Your nearest drugstore is full of completely fake pain remedies, from shoe magnets to magical ground-up shark bones. But while these new age medicines are little more than placebos, science has found a whole lot of unexpected -- and downright weird -- ways you can control pain without ever swallowing a pill.
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There is more to life than money. Money is the root of all evil. Money can't buy happiness. You've been warned your whole life not to become too attached to money, so after all that brainwashing, you should be repelled by the mere sight of cash.
"Seriously Rick, stop tracking that shit into my house."
Not exactly. Despite society's best attempts to keep you grounded, your brain loves money. It loves it so much that just handling it actually works as a drug. In a study in China, participants placed their hands into very hot water for a short period of time. The participants who had just handled a stack of bills before the test showed a higher pain threshold than those who had just handled blank paper.
A stack of Franklins does more than any sled.
That is, the people who got to hold money right before shoving their hands into hot water found the temperature more bearable than those who held regular paper. Keep in mind, the people didn't think they would get to keep the money or anything like that -- simply being in physical contact with it made them feel less pain.
Based on these results, the researchers think money might also help lessen emotional pain, making things like breakups easier to deal with.
"You keep right on banging my brother, Shelly!"