Some sensitive souls might have been offended by Deadpool's seemingly fucking senseless stream of shitting expletives, but a new fan theory suggests the Merc with a Mouth deserves the pearl clutcher's sympathy instead of being shunned.
Redditor Vexelius has thought up an incredibly simple and succinct fan theory that might explain why Deadpool is constantly stank-mouthing like a woman in labor on a particularly harrowing episode of One Born Every Minute.
You see, when Wade Wilson is cured of his cancer and gains his healing factor, along with a few undesirable pustulous side effects, there is one small loophole that just isn't really put into the spotlight.
While Wilson might be able to heal himself, there is no indication that he is immune to the pain that the wounds have, let alone the potentially painful process of accelerated tissue growth.
There is a legitimate scientific study published in The Scientific American conducted by psychologists that shows swearing can be a legitimate pain relief tool, possibly because of the way curse words link to the emotional side of the brain. Psychologist Richard Stevens of Keele University in England even goes as far as to say:
"Swearing is such a common response to pain that there has to be an underlying reason why we do it. I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear"
As the prophet Loreal would say: Now for the science bit. Unlike normal everyday chitter-chatter which relies on the outer few millimeters of the left hemisphere of the brain, taboo words such as expletives hinge on ancient structures that are embedded deep in the right half.
One of these old-school evolutionary structures in the amygdala — a cluster of neurons that trigger the "fight-or-flight" response which makes our heart race gallop and, as a side effect, makes us less sensitive to pain.
A study on how long college students could keep their hands immersed in icy cold water showed that when students were repeatedly sullying the air with an expletive of their choice they reported less pain and endured an extra 40 seconds of the freezing discomfort as opposed to when they were chanting a neutral word such as "cat."
In these experiments, scientists confirmed that students' heart rates did indeed raise, suggesting that their amygdalae were engaged and helping them counter the painful freeze in their hands.
Expletives aren't always a good thing though, and they can also be linked to aggression (ringing any Deadpool bells for anyone?!), as Timothy Jay, a psychologist who has studied our use of profanities for almost 40 years explains:
"It [the use of expletives] allows us to vent or express anger, joy, surprise, happiness. It's like the horn on your car, you can do a lot of things with that, it's built into you."
Unfortunately for Deadpool, the study also notes that swearing profusely numbs the effect of swear words on your heart rate and potential pain relief, but old habits die hard eh, motherfuckers.