Dutch television hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zena entered territory no man can quite comprehend during their recent broadcast of the show Guinea Pigs — childbirth.
They tried, though, hooking themselves up to machines that reportedly simulate the pain of contractions.
The Huffington Post describes how it went:
“Do you think the pain will make us scream?” Zeno asks before the shocks begin.
One of the nurses responds bluntly: “Yes, it definitely will.”
She wasn’t lying.
Propped on a bed with electrodes attached to their abdomens, Storm and Zeno last through two hours of the simulated contractions. Though they try to laugh through the strain, the men appear to be in complete misery as they double over and clutch pillows tightly.
While the time span of the simulation was much shorter than many instances of real-life labor, Storm and Zeno appeared to get the full experience. In the end, Zeno sums up the challenge as torture and wonders if he wants his wife to go through the same pain.
The video does not have subtitles, but the scene is one that transcends linguistic barriers: