Re: Need answer to something I've always Wondered About
Originally Posted by hopcar
I also tried this as a teenager. I couldn't inhale at much more than a foot. Tube diameter has nothing to do with it. It's just pressure differential.
"As kids snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, we sometimes used a large tough clear plastic bag that was held open at the mouth with a wire frame weighted at the corners and sunk a few feet to the bottom, to provide a few lungfuls more air before we needed to head back to the surface."
This works because the air in the bag is pressurized to the same pressure as the water. The danger is that if you breath from the bag and then rise to the surface with out exhaling, your lungs will burst.
True enough.. but in practice, unless you're a Darwin Award candidate, it doesn't happen. You can feel the pressure building in your lungs as you rise and you automatically exhale.
From RFC 1925: "(3) With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead."