Splinters are high in the national ranking of Most Annoying Things. They're in a heated competition with Fran Drescher, traffic jams, and how horrible your internet is at home. The nagging pain of a splinter ensures you do nothing but try to remove it for thirty minutes after it punctures your skin. But what would happen if you just ignored it and never remove the splinter? (Will it train baby turtles in martial arts and raise them as though they were its own?)
As ever, SciShow rides in on a white stallion to answer your most pressing least-pressing questions. Unfortunately, the answer doesn't align with the misguided folk wisdom that splinters work their way out of your skin eventually and everything will be fine.
SciShow explains a couple assumptions about splinters you might have wrong. In showing how splinters don't necessarily get ejected from your skin automatically, they also show wood splinters can be much worse than a glass or metal splinter.