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Why does chewing aluminum foil hurt?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Plexus, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. Plexus

    Plexus Architeuthidae puericomedentis

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    I have always wondered why it hurts whenever I chew on aluminum. Any ideas?
     
  2. CurtSibling

    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff Supporter

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  3. Plexus

    Plexus Architeuthidae puericomedentis

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    Yes, I do. It would make sense if that were the reason.
     
  4. WickedSmurf

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    Why do you chew on aluminium?
     
  5. Plexus

    Plexus Architeuthidae puericomedentis

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    No reason in particular. Boredom perhaps.

    Hey! I don't need to rationalize my chewing habits to you... :)
     
  6. Plexus

    Plexus Architeuthidae puericomedentis

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    I have found my answer!

    Q:Why do your teeth hurt so much when you accidentally bite down on something aluminum?

    A: This only occurs in people who have silver fillings in their teeth and that is a diminishing population. When more people had silver fillings and when sticks of chewing gum were in thin aluminum foil wrappers, this was a very common and very unpleasant occurrence. Together aluminum and silver work much as a small electric battery would providing all the necessary components. The current flows from the aluminum to the silver with your saliva acting as an electrolyte solution or a medium which can carry the charge.
     
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    CurtSibling ENEMY ACE™ SLeague Staff Supporter

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    Plexus, lay off the energy drinks, dude...:lol:
     
  8. gozpel

    gozpel Couch-potato (fortified)

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    It's like licking batteries because they taste icky...then you do it again just to be sure
     
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    Maybe I shall, maybe I shall...

    On second thought, no.

    Time for sleep for Plexus. For he has school in the morning.
     
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    gozpel Couch-potato (fortified)

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    Energy drinks? Are they lickable on both sides?
     
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    gozpel Couch-potato (fortified)

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    FFFZZZZzzzttttttthhhhhhhh.....


    Cooool! :)
     
  13. floppa21

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    That reason didn't mention the electricity that is in our bodies naturally... When I was young, I had this 'science tech' kit with wires and diodes and all. Like a lego set, you follow the instructions and connect wires to different things all over the board, and at the end, you put in batteries and turn it on and you ended up making a liitle piano, or a flashing light display or an electronic game of poker, etc. Well one involved NOT putting in the batteries and holding the ends of two wires, one in each hand. When you did, the little alarm would sound because of the electricity in your body providing it with the energy to do so.
     
  14. Aphex_Twin

    Aphex_Twin Evergreen

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    Mmmmm... aloominum..
     
  15. Gastric ReFlux

    Gastric ReFlux Dispatch our Tech Staff

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    It used to hurt a lot for me to chew tinfoil too, but when I stopped mixing in the broken glass, it got much better.
     
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    :lol: Why are you fools chewing foil anyway? Can't imagine the flavor is yum-tastic.
     
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    Japanrocks12 tired of being a man

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    cause we have no life
     
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    Because ur not supposed to eat it. Try food.
     
  19. Quasar1011

    Quasar1011 King of Sylvania

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    You should switch from chewing on aluminium, to iron. That way, you won't develop iron-poor blood. You might set off a few metal detectors at airports though. :rolleyes:
     
  20. The Yankee

    The Yankee The New Yawker Retired Moderator

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    Maybe you're chewing it the wrong way. Instead of clamping down on the wad of foil, do a horizontal, grinding chew.
     

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