Picking your nose can lead to irreparable brain damage, a group of scientists said today.
Lead researcher Greg Shoemaker said that oils from the human finger can permeate their way into the brain's frontal lobe, causing loss of brain cell integrity. The damaged brain cells then ooze their way down the nostril and over the upper lip, where they are mistaken for snot.
"It's best not to pick your nose, just like Mom said," Shoemaker advised. "Besides, you don't know where that finger's been."
A finger condom can help prevent the damage, Shoemaker said. More research is forthcoming.
It is widely believed that some spoof writers often pick their nose, with some releasing queen-sized boogers.