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Time for an experiment. Are you up for it?

  1. Oct 17, 2008 #1
    Okay, I need everyone to go get an ice cube. It needs to be small enough that you can chew it up. Put the ice cube in your mouth, chew it up just enough so you can swallow it. Now time how long it takes the coldness to get to your stomach. It takes seven seconds on me. I would have thought I swallowed a lot faster than that.
     
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  3. Oct 17, 2008 #2

    lisab

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    I don't think I can do this!

    When I swallow something really cold like ice or a slurpee (especially a slurpee), I get this horrible feeling in my chest, like my esophagus constricts. It's not painful, really, but it's really uncomfortable.

    Does anyone else get this?
     
  4. Oct 17, 2008 #3
    I only picked ice because it is easy to feel it all the way down. maybe you can tell with cold water, or hot water, or potato chips or pudding or kiwi fruit.
     
  5. Oct 17, 2008 #4

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    OK, so using cold water, I lose track about mid-chest level. But if I extrapolate the water's path and speed, I would estimate 8 - 10 seconds.
     
  6. Oct 17, 2008 #5
    wow, I had always assumed that stuff just fell into my stomach when I swallowed.
    now do it standing on your head
     
  7. Oct 17, 2008 #6

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    I can tollerate niether hot nor cold in mouth, i can only enjoy food that is warm.
     
  8. Oct 17, 2008 #7
    nobody asked you to enjoy it. this is for science
     
  9. Oct 17, 2008 #8

    Mk

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    An ice cube small enough to chew it?

    My friend, my ice is pretty hard. It takes longer than 10 seconds to swallow it I bet.
     
  10. Oct 17, 2008 #9

    Evo

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    Do not chew ice, it is bad for your teeth. :grumpy:

    Disclaimer: Anything tribdog suggests is potentially harmfull to your health. Follow tribdog at your own risk.
     
  11. Oct 17, 2008 #10

    dlgoff

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    You need more control on your experiment. If you have a large enough piece of ice, when you swallow it, it can become lodged in your throat until it melts a bit. Hence it would take longer to get to the stomach than a smaller piece would.
     
  12. Oct 17, 2008 #11
    This is quite strange.
     
  13. Oct 18, 2008 #12

    Monique

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    You can stop your experiments, someone already beat you to it. Not with ice cubes, but with puree of barium (don't try that at home).

     
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  14. Oct 18, 2008 #13
    did you read the comments on that video? there are some strange people in this world
     
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