Every scar has a story. You might have a scar on your knee from when you fell off your bike as a kid. Or a cool scar on your face from a sword duel when you fought off Cardinal Richelieu’s men alongside Athos, Porthos, and Aramis (or was that just a dream?). And even though there are a lot of things that separate us from celebrities, we all have one thing in common—scars.
Stars aren’t immune to getting scars. The stories behind them can be fascinating and give us a closer look into who celebs are as people and what their pasts were like. Imgur user Cheesemenolike collected some celeb facial scar stories and shared them on the internet. We've added some other stories about how celebs got their scars—and not just facial ones, either. Scroll down, upvote the stories that left an impression on you and let us know in the comments what you thought of them.
Cheesemenolike's post got more than 119k views and over 4.8k upvotes in less than 15 hours since posting. According to the Imgurian, they love being on Imgur but sensed that people are getting very tired from all the political and coronavirus-related posts. "People go to Imgur for interesting or funny things. So I decided to post something I personally would like to read," the Imgurian told Bored Panda. Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Cheesemenolike and have a read, dear Pandas.
"It wasn't too difficult to research. I have an interest for trivia about these things so some stories I already knew," Cheesemenolike told us how he collected the info about celebs.
For Cheesemenolike personally, the most interesting story was that of Joaquin Phoenix. "He has stated numerous times that his mother felt a sharp pain when being pregnant with him and that his scar is merely a birth mark. But I heard in the discussion underneath the post he stated something else in the recent year, that it is in fact a cleft lip/palate," they said.
"I think he is a great actor and I love his complex back ground story. His family took on the last name Phoenix to represent their rise from the ashes after a difficult time."
The Imgurian also shared with Bored Panda their own scar stories. "After I broke my right arm and was in a cast for six weeks, I burned my right hand with boiling water. It healed very well though, and the scar looks like freckles. I had to write with my left hand for months on end," they revealed what happened when they were 10 years old.
"Maybe there will be a next segment soon," Cheesemenolike said about their future plans for Imgur posts. "It's not something I wanna put a lot of time in, just a couple of posts every month or so about various objects if I can find the time."
Scars are a natural part of life because it’s your body’s way to heal and repair wounds. Unfortunately, human beings aren’t like some animals that can regenerate without scarring.
When we get cut or burned, the first thing that happens is that we bleed. The blood then forms a clot and later on—a scab. This is our bodies’ way of stopping yucky infections from getting into our blood. While the top part of the scab is hard, the bottom part becomes host to cells that scientists call fibroblasts. It’s their job to replace the scab with scar tissue to close the wound as quickly as possible. Think of it this way: if there’s a hole in your roof and it’s raining, you’d want to plug the hole ASAP, no matter how ugly it might look.
Even though scars are made from collagen just like our ‘normal’ skin, the two feel and look different. That has everything to do with how collagen is ‘woven’ in the two tissues: normal skin has a random cross-weave collagen structure while scars have collagen that’s aligned parallel, according to mathematicians John C. Dallon and Jonathan A. Sherratt.
Meanwhile, new studies like the one conducted by the German Research Center for Environmental Health indicate that there might be something more to how our bodies produce scars. Researchers have found indications that scars might actually originate from “reservoirs of matrix jelly” and these new findings could completely change what we know about scarring and anti-scarring therapies.