Zippered pants are considered formalwear down at the Cracked offices, so we're probably the last place to be giving you fashion advice. We don't know jack about stuff like "style" or "coordination" or "covering our genitals completely," so we'll leave that to the professionals -- all we know is that you should probably avoid wearing the following common clothing items that are physically damaging, or in some cases even trying to outright kill you. Unless they look really tits with that new jacket you just bought.
5Skinny Jeans Can Cause Nerve Damage
No longer the exclusive domain of effeminate glam rockers, hipsters and fat dudes with tight clothing budgets, skinny jeans have become a part of the mainstream fashion scene. You may also know them by some of their other names -- "pegs," "drainpipes," "stovepipes" or "cigarette pants" -- but based on their effect on the human body, we're coining a new term right now: "nerve-murdering leg-pythons."
Doctors actually warn that wearing tight pants like skinny jeans can compress the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which runs down your thigh and, like all other nerves, is there to register physical sensations like touch and pain.
"Even if I wear them ironically?
Therefore, if you squeeze your legs into a tight denim casing like some sort of hairy, flesh-colored sausage, the constant pressure on the LFC nerve might cause it to go into overdrive and start registering pain like crazy before ultimately crashing and burning. The medical name for it is meralgia paraesthetica. Despite sounding like a supporting villain in a Harry Potter book, that's actually a serious neurological disorder that causes numbness of the leg, stinging pain, oversensitivity to heat and even atrophied leg tissue in some cases.
Leg tissue if you're lucky.
Meralgia paraesthetica, which is usually seen among girdle wearers and friggin' car accident victims, can be further exacerbated by women wearing high heels. So, sexy ladies with poor driving skills, you're really getting the short end of the pain-pants stick on this one. Potentially dangerous blood clots, however, are great supporters of gender equality: They strike men and women alike whenever they don the skinniest of pants. Luckily, in most cases, the injuries are not permanent and can be reversed simply by taking the pants off.
So there you go: You've got a new pickup line to try at the bar tonight.
"Damn it, ladies! There's no time! I'll just have to save the three of you at once."
4Facial Piercings Can Short Circuit Your Brain
As we all know, getting your lip, nose or eyebrow pierced is not only the best way to distinguish yourself as a unique snowflake amongst a banal blizzard of humanity, but also grants you exclusive admission to a large club of like-minded fellows! Unfortunately, your whole "misunderstood alt-culture rebel" mystique will go flying out the window once you start pratfalling at random and go cross-eyed like a bad Jerry Lewis routine.
Just pick one.
Scientists suspect that getting facial piercings can damage the facial trigeminal nerve, which connects the physical sensations in your face up with your neural center. So if you damage your trigeminal nerve, it can mess with how your brain works.
It turns out that the trigeminal nerve is in a sort of Tomax and Xamot relationship with your cerebellum and vestibular nucleus (parts of the brain responsible for eye alignment and posture). For those of you who know of sex, we'll explain that last analogy for you: If you fuck with one, you fuck with the other. So a misplaced or mishandled piercing can lead to symptoms like eye misalignment and loss of balance.
"Honestly, I don't even like this haircut, but I keep falling out of the stylist's chair."
Think of a pierced trigeminal nerve as a prank call to your meat CPU, telling it that, say, the floor is now slanted at a 60-degree angle. Your newly crossed eyes totally "confirm" this information, your body tries to adjust itself, and Bob's your uncle -- you just ate shit into a storm drain because you had to put a yin-yang symbol in your nose.
There is good news, though: In a 2011 French study, subjects with facial piercings who were complaining about dizziness, headaches and balance issues all suddenly felt better when their face jewelry was removed. Minutes after putting it on again, however, some of the symptoms returned, fading yet again when the piercings were taken out.
"We only dropped him twice each, which was a huge improvement."
So it looks like you have a choice here: Either risk nerve-damaging your brain until you can't stand up straight, or give up the one thing that distinguishes you from the dreaded "sheeple." It's like Sophie's Choice for surly teenagers.