RTW and Midweek Motivator

Today's Road Trip Wednesday question is what's the strangest/weirdest thing you've ever researched.

I had to research the effects of sudden pressure changes on the human body so a character could escape a watery death (he did.  He's fine!).  It certainly taught me to never get stuck in a sinking ship.

And seeing as we've got a watery theme for today's post, I can't help myself and offer up the following as my midweek motivator.


So, what's the weirdest thing you've ever researched?


  1. So what happens to the body? Does it explode?

  2. Tell me more! What happens when a person is stuck in a sinking ship?

  3. Alicia and Rebecca: Well, so long as the pressure inside and outside matches, nothing explodes! You have to wait (which is not good news when one is sinking!), and when the pressure is equal, open the hatch and SWIM! You have to breathe out all the way to the surface to stop your lungs from exploding because of the pressure change from bottom to surface.

    ...I think that's about it!

  4. Wow, that's really interesting. I don't know if I'd be able to breathe out for long enough if I were in a ship that sunk pretty deep before the pressure equalized.

    The thought of my lungs exploding makes me queasy.

  5. Aughhh have you ever seen The Abyss? Where the guy doesn't get pressurized in time? As you can probably tell, I have never recovered from that.

  6. Tracey: If you breathe out slowly you should make it. And be sure to hum to keep your airways open! That came up a lot in the research.

    Kate: I haven't, but I have seen Licence to Kill which is hilarious but gory.

  7. They tested the opening-a-door-underwater thing on Mythbusters once! Adam got in a car and they dumped it in a lake (he had a safety scuba tank, just in case), and he COULD NOT get out until the entire car filled with water. It was insane. He said it was one of the scariest things he has ever done, but it turned out to be a really great thing because a few people have written to them since that show aired to say that they went into some water in their cars (in accidents or whatever) and they remembered the show and were able to wait and not panic until they could get out.

    They didn't test the whole breathe-out-all-the-way-up thing because the car was only in a pond/lake and wasn't deep enough, but I've heard of people dying from the pressure change while scuba diving if their air tank stops working and they have to swim up without it. So scary!

  8. Laura: It's something to do with the air in the lungs expanding as you surface. Your lungs get crushed to crazy small sizes, so you have to breathe out the oxygen otherwise... BOOM.


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