I Was Stung 1,000 Times for Science
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I Was Stung 1,000 Times for Science


(frenetic woodwind orchestral music) (quick oboe and plucked strings) (whining string music) – [Voiceover] This is Justin Schmidt. – Yeah, my name is Justin Schmidt. – [Voiceover] He’s an entomologist. – And I’m an entomologist. I basically study stinging insects. – [Voiceover] He’s been
stung by a lot of insects. – I’ve probably been stung
at least 1,000 times. – [Voiceover] He reviews
insect stings the way a sommelier reviews wine. – Pure, intense, brilliant
pain, like walking over flaming charcoal
with a three inch nail embedded in your heel. – [Voiceover] Which insect was that? – That’s a bullet ant. – [Voiceover] This is his lab in Tucson. This is his harvester ant. This is his vinegaroon. This is his tarantula hawk. These are some more harvester ants
in a park, near his lab. He is the creator of
the Schmidt Pain Scale. – The Schmidt Pain Scale
is basically a scale to rate the painfulness
of stinging insects on a scale of one to four. A one would be a sweat bee. Two would be something
like a yellow jacket wasp. A three would be something
like a harvester ant. And a four would be a tarantula hawk. – [Voiceover] How bad is a four? – Four is absolutely,
excruciatingly debilitating, incapacitating, just shuts
you down, just absolute, sheer pain, there’s just nothing you can really do about that. I don’t think I’d wanna
be stung by a whole bunch of different fours. I don’t think I could
endure that for very long. – [Voiceover] Let’s be
clear, Justin Schmidt doesn’t just go out and get stung on purpose. It’s just that he’s dedicated
his life to studying, well. – My passion is insects,
and stinging insects in particular. Yeah, I get stung. But that’s, that’s all
just part of the passion you know, that gives me data. You know, a sting helps
me in understanding what the insect’s doing
and I get to be out in the sunshine, and out in the rain, out in the environment
studying these magnificent, beautiful insects. It’s just, just such a joy. I can’t imagine anything
I’d rather do more. (pounding, orchestra and piano music) (chimes)

100 thoughts on “I Was Stung 1,000 Times for Science

  1. He’s looks like the dad of the dude who can pronounce all the words in the English dictionary correctly

    Btw Coyote Peterson is the man.

  2. Justin smith.. Stung by 1000 times: ouch
    Me.. Stung by 1
    Mom!!!! I got stung by a lizard 😄😄😄😄😂😂😂😂

  3. This guy deserves all the respect he got stung a 1000 for science when I try to dance for science
    *continues to default dances*

  4. Justin: I've been stung 1000 times
    Coyote Peterson: 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗱 𝗺𝘆 𝗕𝘂𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝗔𝗻𝘁

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