Realm of Bizarre News: Vol 1 : Does Knuckle Cracking Cause Arthritis?
Time for a trivia question. Let’s extricate
it from its paper prison here. The question: What is the type of lubricating fluid found
within the knuckles and other joints? Multiple choices, inverse alphabetical order. Is that
thyroidal, synovial, hormonal, or adrenal fluid. Now the prize, only prize for the correct
answer: one pat on the back, that you’ll have to administer to yourself. But you’ll have
to agree that’s a heck of a lot better than a slap on the belly with a wet trout, isn’t
it? Okay, is that your answer? Hormonal? No. Turns out that its synovial fluid. Now, let’s
see what’s in the little black bag today. Why it’s a human hand! Do you see that?! A
human hand was in the bag! Now this pertains to knuckle cracking. Ooh aw ooh oh. I’m sorry
but we have to do it for the show. Sorry. Now, does knuckle cracking cause arthritis
of the hand. It’s long believed that it does indeed do that. However, there’s a small study
that’s published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism back in ’79 that indicated
there was no problem. However, a courageous doctor, Doctor Donald Unger from Thousand
Oaks, California, decided to use himself as a human guinea pig. And for fifty years he
would crack the knuckles on his right hand, but not his left hand. Everyday, doing that.
Well, he reported recently that after fifty years of doing that, there was no difference
between his right hand and his left hand. No arthritis. So cracking your knuckles may
disturb other people, but it doesn’t cause arthritis. And when you crack a knuckle, you’re
actually compressing that synovial fluid, which causes the sound – an acoustic wave
generation – by cracking your knuckle. I’m sorry; we had to do it for the show. I’ll
make it up to you. I’m sorry. And that concludes this edition of the Realm f Bizarre News.