This may very well be the most excruciating way to celebrate Mother’s Day. For men who can never imagine the hardship of giving birth, they can now at least experience the same degree of pain.
A special televised event in the Chinese city of Nanchang organized for men to endure simulated labor contractions on Mother’s Day, to the delight of female attendees.
The 20 male competitors, including hardened professionals such as firefighters and boxers, were tasked with bearing the cramps for as long possible.
Each competitor had their abdomens attached to a machine that discharged electric shocks – to simulate the pain.
The winner of the competition turned out to be a firefighter, who was able to hold on for 80 seconds.
It’s commendable, but considering a normal labor usually lasts hours, or even days, it may not have impressed the mothers watching. According to the organizer, the competition was to remind people of a mother’s sacrifice.
These are mole feet, which would have been carried by labourers as a curative charm against cramp. This was apparently a very common traditional folk remedy. They were collected in Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester, and acquired by the museum in 1908.
Imagine yourself curled up on the sofa because of cramps. Your eyes are squeezed shut from the pain, but they open when you feel something warm against your leg - and there Loki is, peering up from the edge of the sofa and trying to stuff a hot water bottle between your drawn in legs and belly. He smiles and kisses you on the forehead.