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What's So Funny About Your Funny Bone?

Hitting your funny bone isn't funny at all - it really hurts!
Funny Bone

We've all been there - you reach for something, bang your elbow and get that crazy painful sensation shooting up your arm. So what the heck is so funny about that? Read on for the 411 on the so-called funniest bone of them all.

The Funny Bone Facts

Not only is hitting your funny bone not all that funny, the thing you hit isn't actually a bone. That's right, your funny bone is actually your funny ulnar nerve. Doesn't have the same ring to it does it? The ulnar nerve runs through a groove in your ulna, which is one of two bones in your forearm. The nerve is really close to the surface of your skin when it runs through your elbow. If you hit it, you'll get a really intense pins-and-needles sensation.

Why is it Called a Funny Bone?

There are a few ideas about the origin of the name funny bone. One is that the weird sensation can make you laugh and cry at the same time - kinda like when you're being tickled. Another is that the ulnar nerve runs through your humerus bone (the bone in the top part of your arm). LOL. Humorous! Okay, that's about as funny as hitting your funny bone - but it makes sense.

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tinahappy

tinahappy wrote:

There is nothing funny about it when you get hurt there. you might enjoy this, check it...
commented: Tue Mar 11, 2014

xXGinnyXxD

xXGinnyXxD wrote:

It's not funny,it's a nerve ,i have no clue why they call it a funny bone,it doesn't ma...
commented: Thu Jun 27, 2013

shae508

shae508 wrote:

i hit my funny bone in dance class, NOT FUNNY! :mad
commented: Thu Mar 07, 2013

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Is Hitting Your Funny Bone Funny?

  • No, it Hurts.
  • Yes, it's hilarious.
  • It kinda makes me giggle.
  • I don't know.

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