Small talk on dates must be a challenge for pain expert

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Two unassailable biological facts: men can’t give birth and women don’t get man flu. So the mind boggled when Dr Osama Tashani contended that men have higher pain thresholds than women.

The academic conducted experiments at Leeds Metropolitan University in which volunteers were jabbed with blunt tips. He discovered that men reported less pain than women, especially men from more patriarchal cultures.

The research is useful for the delivery of palliative care but media coverage does not relate what Tashani’s female colleagues make of his findings. One hopes the doctor isn’t single as small talk on dates must be a challenge:

‘So what do you do?’

‘I’m a pain scientist. I devise ways to hurt people.’

‘Taxi!’