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Can Hanging Upside Down Kill You?



When you were a kid, did anyone ever tell you that your head would explode if you hung upside down for too long? Well... they might have been on to something.

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Sources:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7633617.stm
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/man-trapped-utah-cave-limited-time-doctors/story?id=9184843
http://eknygos.lsmuni.lt/springer/662/137-154.pdf
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0379073893902205
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12024-007-0031-4
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21304286
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1306402/pdf/westjmed00170-0126a.pdf


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Author Andrew P ( ago)
Curious about this question after reading Shigurui. I guess I got the answer (Kind of).

Author Vatra ( ago)
How she bounces for emphasis is so freaking cute.

Author Lala pirpara ( ago)
Thanks for telling us I could of died

Author Lala pirpara ( ago)
But I like hanging upside down

Author Crazy Gamer ( ago)
girl..get that ring out of your nose cause of looks like a snot.

Author Jessica Sanchez ( ago)
Well that was sufficiently frightening. :-D

Author Eek the Fireuser ( ago)
Those poor Australians, not only the animals there want to kill them, but so does their orientation :(

Author Yangven ( ago)
Most forms of hangings can kill you

Author DDaddySupreme ( ago)
Is the sound only playing out of one ear for anyone else? This happens for me on a lot of scishow videos and I'm really getting tired of it

Author DragonDroid1000 Gaming and dog training ( ago)
In never hanging upside down again

Author GraceAndGlory ( ago)
My record is 2 hours

Author HappyHime ( ago)
Why can you taste things again if you burp?

Author Abhinav Varma ( ago)
Was that nerd look on purpose ?

Author Followmybliss2013 ( ago)
I wish I was like SR Foxley and could afford to give my money away to this worthy cause.

Author catherine birch ( ago)
I used to hang upside down from the monkey bars in the playground when I was a kid, & it did me no harm.

Author Idman Q ( ago)
I used to do this when I was kid.

Author mian fazle razik ( ago)
Hmm I've been fine but with slight headache

Author SpookyWatcher ( ago)
Stop hopping while talking!!

Author Ross Murray ( ago)
No mention of Inversion Table Therapy? Are there benefits to hanging upside down? How about starting slowly? Hang at less of an angle and for shorter periods and increasing the angle and amount of time after you acclimate.

Author Observing Rogue ( ago)
This makes me think about what effects high G forces have on the body, and how to strengthen the body for high Gs...like if someone races extreme vehicles.

Author Reindeer Urf ( ago)
why cant I drink alcohol after drinking my medications?

Author M Tolbert ( ago)
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Author M Tolbert ( ago)
...which is called heart failure 😐

Author Morgenstern ( ago)
Those hands made me hate this chicken

Author Rainbow Dash ( ago)
hey, I remember camp lazlo that hanging upside down could make you super smart!~

Author Bruce Dienst ( ago)
how do bats do it?

Author Charlie Hutch ( ago)
I usually love this channel but this was plain bull shit.....

she could have saved a lot of time and said 'I have no fucking clue why they die''
but here's the real answer:
An aortic dissection is a catastrophic failure of the big artery leading
out of the heart. It can kill in minutes and requires prompt surgery if
the patient is to have any chance, and even then half of all cases
result in death. A common cause is inversion.
Inversion tables can lead to death.. it is not a healthy position for a human...

Author Theldras Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis ( ago)
we shuld do experiments in this subject by suspending criminals upside down untill they die and constantly observe them with various equipment to see just what it is that kills them and why.

Author Angel Arroyo ( ago)
Is she ugly Betty. ?

Author KRIGBERT ( ago)
Sounds like those kids are perfectly safe, though. I doubt a child will bother to hang like that for more than a few minutes

Author corbin davis ( ago)
i knew john jones was going to be mentioned...

what was i expecting?

Author Eitan Amir ( ago)
as a 21 year old, hanging upside down challenges are frequent and competitive,

Author Dominic Manester ( ago)
So the act of hanging upside down could maybe give temporary vision problems and that's about it. Why not talk about the real danger of slipping and landing on your head and/or neck instead of giving the exact opposite of the impression that its even slightly dangerous?

Author LeMagicalPotato ( ago)
Is it just me or is here skin changing brightness? One moment it shines, then it quickly turns a normal peach color.

Author Myles H ( ago)
Dislike bc Olivia.

Author スポポビッチ ( ago)
@1:33 Who is responsible for that horrifying background graphic

Author Rocwell Edwards ( ago)
orrrrr maybe, you could hang upside down to push your body as a workout and make your heart grow stronger! :D

Author Obviously True ( ago)
Well she mentions That U cna die Hanging Upside down WHADa BOUT BATS They Have no idea......What's gonna happen💭💭💭💭 :( Poor poor Bats

Author Mel Tee ( ago)
I was always told that it was dangerous because the jugluar vein in your neck doesn't have any valves to stop blood from backwashing (since the vein is always effected by gravity, it doesn't seem to need the same valves as the rest of your veins have), so hanging upside-down can cause too much blood to pool in your brain.

Author Noel Blackketter ( ago)
I'm assuming this has something to do with why astronauts' vision gets messed up in space.

Author jackfavvv ( ago)
Wait, then how come Bats can hand upside down for a long as they want?

Author loret Biget ( ago)
why are you jumping ?

Author Parker Raines ( ago)
Are you sure teachers say "Your head might explode" or is that youthful imagination changing "you might fall on your head and neck" to that?

Author ann Biedenbender ( ago)
Olivia! I bet you are a beautiful woman if you would show it! Please start thinking about how you present yourself to the world, keep those sexy glasses maybe just a smaller more square frame. Bet you would make a very sexy librarian. You could be very pretty if you didn't hide behind glasses, big sweaters and pulled back unkempt hair. Maybe people would like your bouncing around then too! Think about it, no offense best of luck on sci show! PS: LIPSTICK

Author Darian :/ ( ago)
Imma post the 1000th comment just because

Author PooleParty24/7 ( ago)
1000th comment.

Author Lil' Yeti ( ago)
The video finished in about 40 sec...

Author Jadesprite ( ago)
this episode was a lot more morbid than i thought it would be!!! :o

Author iiAliya ( ago)
I need wanna be upside down..

Author HalfMuffin ( ago)
A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. TheKing is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame.

Author Shibashish Mahapatra ( ago)
Where is Hank?

Author AmaranthAngel ( ago)
For the eyesight disturbances was it still after a rather prolonged amount of time upside down? And in general is there evidence of negative effects from shorter amounts of time?

great vid as always =)

Author kiles7 ( ago)
olivia es una jeva

Author Karina Guerra ( ago)
Amy Farrah Fowler :: The Big Bang Theory

Author Galaxy Swift ( ago)
So a tall person wont have as much pressure on their eyes.

Author Meme Machine ( ago)
Il stick to hanging myself the proper way

Author Isabelle May ( ago)
[homestar runner voice] the blood is rushing toooo my headdd, blacking out, blacking out, blacking ouuuut.........

Author Lefl ( ago)
she is so cute :3

Author Kate Parker ( ago)
But isn't being upside down good for you in small doses - a few minutes at a time? I always heard that inversions in yoga are great for your circulatory system because your heart doesn't have to work so hard to pull blood out of your legs. I do aerial yoga twice a week, which involves a fair amount of hanging upside down, because it's supposed to improve circulation and lower blood pressure. Thoughts on this, people more scientifically and medically knowledgable than me?

Author harm wikkerink ( ago)
don't let kids play some dumb game. don't let them hang upside down, don't let them fight with sticks. what's next don't run you could fall?

Author Myna Detail ( ago)
Like seriiioously, its not even that its an anoyyiing way to speeeak, its just that it sound really patroniisiiing, like literaallyyy, oh em gee.

Author BenTDT ( ago)
I'll have a try!

Author srwapo ( ago)
But Batman sleeps upside down in the 1989 movie. Are you saying Batman is unrealistic???

Author user13947 ( ago)
I disliked because of the morbid topic and not because of Olivia..

Author Kino Uy ( ago)
I really like her :)

Author Tomarty ( ago)
What about astronauts in 0g? do they half-die?

Author Nameless Nom ( ago)
why so many dislikes?
I don't get it

Author Da Cashman ( ago)
Can hanging kill you?

Author Brady Schwabach ( ago)
Turn "night mode" on and go to full screen. The girl goes completely white.

Author Miguel Hernandez ( ago)
THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!!

Author jobriq5 ( ago)
Why are there kids hanging upside down from my anus?

Author Black Knight ( ago)
Kids these days don't even go outside. They have nothing to worry about :)

Author BunnyKitKat ( ago)
Why do some people have lazy eyes?

Author James Whitlock ( ago)
Miss jazz hands is back

Author Weicheng Siah ( ago)
What about handstands? Could you suffer any damages from doing a handstand for too long?

Author Andrew Edwards ( ago)
What about yoga inversion poses that encourage body positions in which the head is below the heart and sometimes legs are above the heart for up to 5 minutes at a time? Is it a short enough period of time to not be of concern? Or are even these lengths of time actually detrimental instead of beneficial to the long term health of your circulatory system?

Author Alex Red ( ago)
Are you Sheldon's girlfriend from the Big Bang Theory

Author Tom ( ago)
if... could...may... lot of talking for nothing really being said

Author Turun Ambartanen ( ago)
shit....

Author Eric D ( ago)
I really did used to spend around 15 minutes or so upside down just cause when I was a kid and I'm fine. It was mostly headstands on a couch, not hanging but same dif.

Author Catalin Costea ( ago)
Can shaking allot when talking also kill you?

Author bob king ( ago)
Man everything is dangerous

Author SlimThrull ( ago)
But everyone in Australia is upside down. How do they survive?






(Obviously kidding.)

Author Greg Weatherup ( ago)
How does simply being upside down double the pressure within ones eyes?

Author Benjamin Marsh ( ago)
this video made me physically uncomfortable

Author Sylvanas Windrunner ( ago)
You're sick people SciShow.

Author dude ( ago)
y d u jump up n down when u talk?

Author PelenTan ( ago)
Yay.... more from snot-girl. That's it. Unsubscribe.

Author Cameron Pubben ( ago)
Question: How did our ancestors deal with tooth decay

Author Last Shadow ( ago)
Me and my siblings challenged each to hang upside down on a branch of a small tree when we were younger

Author Benjamin steffen ( ago)
can hanging upside down cause your Pee to smell like maple syrup

Author David Bhart ( ago)
Uh, why is the thumbnail porn? I think someone screwed up...

Author folkmarcmetal ( ago)
Am i the only one around here who likes Olivia?

Author Seaghán Pipistrello ( ago)
So Prison Break lied to me about the eye balls popping.

Author Mikkel Youreallydontwanttoknow ( ago)
Stuck upside down in a cave for 28 hours.. Holy fuck that must've been torturous

Author Y Sims ( ago)
the upside down world 😊😃😄😃😃 Stranger Things lol.

Author berry jordaan ( ago)
I'm not so sure. Bruce Wayne sleeps upside-down.

Author Vitor Madeira ( ago)
If Olivia could wear some more appealing female clothing, I totally presume her videos view counters would explode by the millions.

Author Symbiotic Coherence ( ago)
now you are just fear mongering. Fuck that.

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