Apparently, hitting yourself in the face with a hammer isn’t safe after all. An extensive study done by researchers at Harvard University claims that striking yourself with repeated blows to the face with a hammer could potentially lead to terrible side effects. The surprising study, done with 100 small children over a five year period of repeated daily strikings, claims that beating your own head in can lead to loss of appetite, excessive bleeding, blindness, holes in your face, rapid eye movement, death and restless leg syndrome.
According to Harvard Scientist Mark Cranium, “this research should prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that hitting oneself with a hammer in the face is a bad idea under most circumstances.”
However, there was some good news for people who enjoy the dull thud of a hammer hitting their skulls. The research showed no connection between repeated hammer strikes to heart disease or Type 2 Diabetes. Also, the Harvard study failed to address the effects of eating hammers, so most likely that is still safe.
The study itself was called into question by researchers for Ace Hardware Store’s Corporate Office who did a separate study and arrived at very different results. The hardware chain found no link between hitting yourself in the face with a hammer and any negative outcomes. As a matter of fact, the Ace study found a direct correlation between two hammer blows a day and a longer, healthier life.
In spite of the recent warnings, many Americans continue to bang away at their faces. “That Harvard government ain’t gonna tell me what to do,” said Beau Clemens, a recent recipient of America’s first state-subsidized face transplant.
Dr. Dean Sluggish, a noted expert from the Southern California Institute of Facial Hammering, also believes that hammering one’s face is not just a personal problem, it’s an environmental problem. “Think of the thousands of trees cut down, the thousands of pounds of metal, the carbon footprint made by smashing one skull to a pulp. In order to turn one face into a bloody mess it requires enough fuel to run a Hummer for 3 minutes. Obviously, there are better uses of nature’s bounty,” he wrote in an editorial that accompanied the study.
“To a man who hits themselves in the face with a hammer, everything is a nail,” added Dr. Sluggish in an attempt to say something quotable.
#1 by Universe Number Five on March 14, 2012 - 3:40 PM
See, now Cannibal Corse had this figured out back in the early 90’s, and wrote a song about it… of course it took Harvard another 20 years to verify it…
#2 by Keith Spillett on March 14, 2012 - 3:43 PM
Cannibal Corpse has always been ahead of the curve!
#3 by Universe Number Five on March 14, 2012 - 3:40 PM
#4 by Jim Wheeler on March 15, 2012 - 9:04 AM
Funny that you should post this just now, Keith. I just saw a 30-minute infomercial on the neatest thing – The Hammer Padder. It has lots of foam, nifty velcro fasteners. With the Hammer Padder in place virtually all side effects of face-hitting disappear like magic!
But wait, there’s more! Order now and get a screw-driver Protecto free – guaranteed not to poke your eye out, no matter how hard you try!
#5 by victoriagrimalkin on March 15, 2012 - 3:52 PM
Great study and a worthy use of research dollars, but Harvard scientists must know that you get much more bang for your buck using a nail gun.
#6 by Keith Spillett on March 15, 2012 - 4:03 PM
#7 by victoriagrimalkin on March 16, 2012 - 2:36 PM
#8 by Tranquilliser Addict on March 19, 2012 - 11:44 AM
So NOW they tell me that repeated hammer blows to the face is unhealthy, were all those concussions for nothing?
#9 by Simon on September 21, 2015 - 4:53 PM
I was working and I got up out off the seatqnd my mate was holding the hammer facedown only got a bump do I need to see medical auction
#10 by Keith Spillett on September 21, 2015 - 6:18 PM
Yes…seek medical auction immediately.
#11 by stuarthj16 on June 7, 2018 - 5:04 PM
a teacher at my school likes to hit themselves in the head with a hammer, his nickname is mr dent