Nothing can inflict such pain as that of a deep, unexpected, paper cut. Sometimes they bleed, most times they don't, but always - they sting.

It's inevitable

Fortunately, you're unlikey to get a paper cut from your cocktail glass or napkin, so if you are at all pain intolerant, perhaps the folding is best left to someone else. Bad Origami can be, and often is, better appreciated as a spectator sport.

A paper cut is technically, "a cut". It almost hurts as much as a laceration, but not nearly as much as an amputation. For more information on types of wounds, check here.

The treatment for a paper cut is simple;

1. Stop the bleeding. I has to be a pretty good paper cut to bleed at all. You'd really have to take a blotter-sized sheet of paper and drag it across your wrist a few times to produce even a speck of blood.

2. Clean and dress the wound. "Wound" makes it sound as though you should expect sympathy or compensation of some sort. Right. Just lick it a few times and stop whining - especially to yourself. Don't even think of looking up your employers Health Insurance number. Email to your boss explaining why you need to take tomorrow off is inexcusable.

Band-Aid brand bandages has this nifty new "liquid bandage". A history on the Band-Aid brand. Ever wonder who invented the "band-aid"?

If you are in dire need to buy Band-Aid brand bandages, or generic alternatives, click here.

A description on the use of Krazy Glue, as an alternative to traditional bandages, can be found here. Acetone can be used to dissolve Krazy Glue, but don't try putting any on a paper cut or you will need that Health Insurance number.

Remember Band Aid's "Do they know it's Christmas" from 1984? Here's a list of the performers and the lyrics.

If you're unable to stop the bleeding, you might consider calling the Red Cross and making a on-the-spot donation. Alternatively, dialing 911 is guaranteed to get you a ride to the local hospital and a wopping bill once you're diagnosed.

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