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Hi, everybody, and welcome to today's show.
Let's get ready to turn up the heat on all your science questions.
-What have we got today, BUD-E?
-I'm run off me feet here, I am.
This one just in from Anna in Buncrana.
Ah, Anna. Jellyfish stings, a subject very close to my own legs.
Jellyfish are found all over the planet,
from the deepest, darkest oceans, to the beaches all around us.
And there are loads of different species, right?
Sea wasps, the Portuguese man-of-war, The jelly Jedward Fish...
Now, jellyfish have very long tentacles,
which contain millions of tiny stingers filled with nasty venom.
If they sting, you'll know all about it! Ah!
However, some people say that peeing on the sting
helps to relieve the pain, as the chemicals in your pee
prevent some stingers from firing.
Which is why I always keep a bottle of wee to hand.
But Professor, sometimes the chemicals in your pee
can react badly with the chemicals of the sting.
They might even make it worse.
-But my mammy taught me it did work!
-Oh, don't be silly!
Instead, rinse the stung area with salt water
and get an adult to remove the tentacles.
And remember, jellyfish don't sting humans on purpose.
So please be nice to them.
So there you go, Anna. You can't cure a jellyfish sting
by peeing on it.
So that's just a load of old science fiction, huh?
I should probably get rid of this wee, will I? What'll I do with it?
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