Friday, August 05, 2005

Funny Bone

Some friends and I were talking not long ago, and the subject of pain came up. One friend pointed at his elbow, and asked how what is known as the Funny Bone came to be called the Funny Bone, as there is nothing funny about hitting that bone on something. In, fact, the result of hitting the Funny Bone can be quit painful.

Well, it seems that what is known as the Funny Bone is technically the medial condyle of the humerus, that is the enlarged knob on the end of the bone of the upper arm, and is below the ulnar nerve. So it is likely that some punster saw the humor in the humerus bone and called it the Funny Bone.


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