Month: August 2014

Long pig, anyone?

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Anthropology / Biology / History

This post isn’t for the squeamish. Whether we are talking about Hannibal Lecter, Sweeney Todd, the witch in Hansel and Gretel, or the many accounts from early human history, cannibalism makes us uncomfortable. And why wouldn’t it? Who wants to think about people eating other people or worse, being on the menu yourself?

Every breath you take

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Biology / Health

What is the longest a person can hold their breath for, and survive without obvious brain damage? No Googling… Five, ten, maybe even 15 minutes? Take a deep breath… how about 22 minutes!? That's the Guinness World Record. Given what we know about the enormous risks of permanent damage if the brain is starved of oxygen for even short periods, how on earth can that be possible?