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But some spots on the body are much more painful than others. So listen to this: Cornell University honeybee researcher Michael Smith has actually subjected himself to hundreds of bee stings. For several months, he started and ended each day with a sting on his forearm, which he designated as “average pain.” And then he tested out different body parts in between, while comparing the level of pain to his baseline, which was the forearm bee sting.

The result: The most-painful places to get stung by a bee, according to our expert, are: The nostril, the upper lip, your private parts, the palm of your hand, your cheek, and your armpit. And the least painful places for a bee sting are the top of the skull, the tip of the middle toe, upper arm, buttocks, and calf.

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