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09 May 2006 @ 01:30 pm
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Turns out you can't hold your breath for nine minutes. What a dickhead.
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finfin on May 9th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)

I was wondering how he was going to rig that one...
Robet Éivaayvah on May 9th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
Apparently the record is 8 minutes 47 seconds... But I doubt it'd be just some magician who breaks it.
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Jacobyak_boy on May 9th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
I seriously doubt it, and it's probably best you don't try.

Actually, attempting to hold your breath isn't inherently dangerous. It's the doing it underwater that'll kill you.
finfin on May 9th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Yup, it has something to do with when you pass out and automatically start breathing again; it doesn't work when you're surrounded by a body of water.
Jacobyak_boy on May 9th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
Well, that's the problem, the reflex still kicks in, and you start gasping for air. When you're surrounded by water, gasping for air tends to have a somewhat negative effect - hence what happened to the abovementioned dickhead.
Kittymoorekittie on May 9th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
I nearly passed out trying to hold my breath underwater.

I was trying to beat my personal record of three minutes.

I don't think I could even nearly make that now...
Jacobyak_boy on May 9th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
It's pretty dangerous. You'd be surprised how easy it is to drown doing that.
Jacobyak_boy on May 9th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
Mmm... fish.