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FUNNY BONE IS NO JOKE

When is a bone not a bone?

When it is a funny bone - that sensitive place at the bend of the elbow. In this area, the ulnar nerve passes close to the surface between skin and bone.Because the nerve is relatively unprotected, any sharp impact stim-ulates it and causes a sudden painful, tingling sensation in the arm and fingers.

The funny bone got its name, according to some sources, from its location near the humerus, which connects shoulder and elbow.