Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Breath-holding for men

The textbook I'm teaching from at the moment is up to date enough to include David Blaine, would-be latter-day Houdini, whose magical shenanigans are at least not as irritating as watching David Copperfield.

The book doesn't include Blaine's underwater breath-holding world record, though: 17 minutes 4.4 seconds, which puts my own record of two minutes in the shade. Blaine's record has apparently now been broken, but I think the "underwater" format could use a change:

ME: What's the big deal about holding your breath underwater? Why not do it in a room full of poisonous gas? That'd be wicked.



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