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How Is a Colonoscopy Like a Boring Soccer Match?

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A reader named Florian Kern writes from Germany:

I was listening the other day to your very interesting podcast on memory and pain. Yesterday, then, I watched the incredibly boring soccer game between Germany and Kazakhstan. This is where I realized that soccer is a bit like the study you were discussing in your podcast on the decisive last five painful minutes in colonoscopies: while Germany shot three goals in the first half, the second half was so bad that people started to boo and continued untiiiiiiiillll….. Germany scored in the last minute, and everybody was happy ;-).