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Kids these days don't need drugs or alcohol to have fun, according to a new study. The latest craze sweeping American youth - and thus, no doubt, British youth in due course - is "Space Monkey", aka "The Choking Game", in which thrill-seeking youngsters strangle or suffocate themselves or each other "in order to achieve a high …

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"so the point is - i invented this and want some bloody recognition"

*Points and screeches* Copyright supporter! Burn her! Burn her! She turned me into Newt Gingrich!

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Childcatcher

Darwinian

Isn't this "problem" likely to solve itself through darwinian selection if we just leave it alone?

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Clearly not

As reports on this vary forum date the practice to at least the 70's.

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Evolution in Action.

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IT Angle

Nothing new here....

This used to be the normal lunch time game at school that we used to play, when we weren't finding inventive ways to terrorise our alcoholic teachers.

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Several reported deaths

Some years ago, there was a rash of people dying in odd auto-erotic asphyxiation incidents, all of whom (strangely) had somehow managed to annoy the British secret intelligence services. One of them, I seem to remember, died while hanging by the neck in his septic tank, suspended from the handle of a garden roller.

Beat that, as you might say

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Pint

Another way for the 'merkans' to speed up the complete demise of the human race (or most likely the western hemisphere).

As per El Reg standards I think I'll go on with the tried and tested way of deleting brain cells by way of good old alcohol, at least that way I guess I'm helping the economy through my purchase and taxation of it.

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Ai no korîda

It's a major plot element of this film

http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0074102/combined

Michael Hutchence was a big fan as well...

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why is that 'i' wearing a hat? is it raining?

Don't forget John Carradine. He won the game too.

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David Carradine?

praps?

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@theodore

No idea if it's raining.

The film is Japanese, but was made by a French company, and there's several spellings of the title, it is sometimes referred to by the closest English translation "In The Realm Of The Senses".

It's probably the strongest non-pron film ever made, although Shortbus probably comes close...

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As a teenager...

...I quite frequently used to make myself feel good by "choking it".

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A few fewer Texans

Not necessarily a bad thing!

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Pint

Yet again

Darwin intervenes where health systems artificially preserve life which without intervention Nature would otherwise have left stillborn...

Balance shall be restored!

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Criminal Minds

Teens playing a strangulation game involving nooses to achieve a legal high formed the basis of 'Risky Business', Episode 5.13 of the series Criminal Minds - http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1560564/

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Coffee/keyboard

You owe me a new keyboard..

..for "generally as part of a cheery group event with pals rather than as a solo Tory-MP-style experience."

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Anonymous Coward

One can only hope they die

Obviously this is an effective means to cleanse the gene pool.

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Unhappy

As many have pointed out...

...this is not new... by several decades, not that it is something I've ever fancied trying.

If only there was a harmless, natural, plant like sustance that could provide a high with minimal or even no risk* and has a recorded history of being used for millenia.. oh hang on, I think... ahh shoot.. nevermind somebody put a bloody ridiculous law in the way of that one.

*no risk if vaporized or eaten

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Seriously now, a few 'Jazz Cigarettes' and who's going to care about doing this?

If a teenage child of mine was sent home for doing this I'd kick them straight back out again - to Brixton High Street to get the proper stuff, then there would be a lesson in how we do things *in this house*

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Terminator

What goes around ...

Facebook.com brought us The Social Network (2010). Perhaps Flatliners (1990) will bring us Facebag.com. (Already registered and delivering the oddly appropriate message: "Partir, c'est toujours un peu mourir".)

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New? What?

Nothing at all new here.

Most of us saw or did this in grade school and out grew it long ago.

Folks behind the survey must have been raised in a closet or something, causing them to have the intelligence of a fungus.

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Devil

Whatever happened to...

...huffing fermenting sewage? Now those kids were hardcore.

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Am I the only one who thinks that this sounds like a story from Brasseye, especially with the name "Space Monkey"?

All those kids out there, taking cake....

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Fight Club? Project Mayhem?

space monkeys

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what sub-heading of tech news does this story come under? What is this, the Daily Mail?

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The real news story is:

Texan teenagers think they're oh-so-clever having discovered a cheap and accessible way to induce a different state of (un)consciousness...

Plano student, Spanky Cowpoke: "Urrr, yah, it's a cool game which, yes, yes, which I invented. Thank you, thank you."

Later: A special report from Vatican City where rumours abound that the Pope has adopted Catholicism as his preferred faith.

Breaking news: We go over to our reporter in the field, live on the scene as a bear is seen shitting in the woods.

Solvent abuse is so passé.

Apnea: the drug of a new generation. "Who needs oxygen?"

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Hmm...

Well,

a) I just have to say, Texas is the most redneck-filled, screwed up state in the country. And anything you read about Texas (fried butter, almost everyone carrying guns at all times, etc.) does not represent the rest of the US.

b) I've never heard of this... At my high school, if people wanted to get high they just smoked some weed (disclaimer, I am a giant nerd and did not partake). We even had a rastafarian teacher there. They did have to go out to the parking lot, but other than that the teachers and administration looked the other way. It actually worked well, the students that otherwise would have skipped classes, and maybe over time some would have drifted to harder drugs, would instead have their toke and go to class... our school did very well academically, even the stoners.

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Women's Underwear

"But what was most unusual was that the Tory candidate at the ensuing by-election was a man. Normally after a sex scandal, Tory selection committees choose a woman, it's almost a reflex. Presumably on that occasion they asked all the prospective candidates if they'd ever worn women's underwear, and disqualified all those who said they had."

So y'all elect only women who don't wear underwear (e.g., "going commando")? Or, do you also elect women who wear men's underwear?

Da...err, no, wait, I'm not putting my name on this one!

P.S. Mine's the one with the underwear in the pocket.

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FAIL

They should read up on David Carradine to find out how the choking game can end.

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New??

This was a huge craze when I was in middle school 20 years ago, and I don't think I've gone more than a year since then without hearing about the 'new' craze of the choking game. Surely after sweeping the country for the last 20 years it's not new anymore.

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People did this to other people

The one that fell on floor and got kicking didn't see the thrill value. The ones doing the kicking got the thrill.

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Unhappy

Just wait

till the Daily Fail gets hold of this, or. better yet, The Sun and immediatly calls for a ban on oxygen...

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Go

May I suggest we leave them to get on with it. Seems to me that the gene pool would be better off without any polluting contributions from these fecking idiots!

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Mushroom

Perhaps it's an exercise by sociologists to raise the average IQ level.

Those who've room-temperature IQs and snuff it will leave the average population IQ somewhat higher.

Perhaps the gene pool's better off without them!

Corollary: Is this what happens after 50, 60 or 70 years of mainstream sociology? Perhaps it's the sociologists who ought to be first up against the wall.

(In my next life I hope to hell I'm not reincarnated as a native English speaker. In this culture it seems the degenerates are almost fully in control now.)

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Pendant alert

You can't raise the average population IQ, because by definition the average is 100.

You can raise the average intelligence, but the average person (who would now be more intelligent that a prior average peoson) will still have an IQ of 100.

Ironically, this game will technically lower the IQ of all non-participants. If the average moves up, but you personally don't change, you will decrease relative to the average.

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Pendant?

So, if I understand correctly, the individual's IQ is affixed to a chain in such a way it can be moved up and down as an ornamental representation of current intelligence?

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WTF?

Degenerates speak languages other than English, ya know.

What a dweeb.

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I almost died from choking myself.

It was when swallowing goldfish came back in the '60s. I got one that was too big and its dorsal fin caught on my pharynx.

I saw the white light.

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Can an entire country win a Darwin Award?

Because the entire state of Texas just nominated itself.

Well done Texas! Keep up the good work!

Remember - these kiddies are going to meet GOD much earlier, and thats a great thing for EVERYONE.

Like Mies Van Der Rohe said: Less is More - this is especially true of Texans.

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WTF?

"parents are warned to keep an eye out for telltale signs that their kids might be indulging in it."

What like turning blue? Or is that too late?

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Paris Hilton

a couple of inner forearms gently pressed into the neck arteries of a sweet young thang is a much better hit for all concerned.. Breathplay tends to turn into deathplay as soon as it goes solo.

Asphy is the reduction of bloodflow to the noggin.

Easily confused by idiots.

Paris: cos I'd help her with the teethproof poly bag and fifteen laccy bands

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So..

If you forcibly strangle someone who was to scared to play the game, does that mean you were choking the chicken?

...I'll get my coat.

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Dammnit Kids

Damnit you kids, just smoke dope, that stuff wont kill you!

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It's all good, really

We have tremendous over-population so if a few people want to off themselves to help out, it's fine by me. A report last week showed that pedestrians with headphones on that are killed walking in front of cars has increased by 300% so that's another help, but the headphones of course are lost as a result.

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Maybe there is a market for second hand headphones. Slightly scratched, minor stain.

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Two seperate threads

There appear to be two completely separate threads here. One set says 'yeah, yeah, we all did this as kids years decades ago' and the other says ' kids nowadays huh! They're all so dumb. Not like when we were kids'

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interregnum

There is a gap because kids in the 80s and 90s were really lame. Might have had something to do with the introduction of soccer as a mainstream activity. And not keeping score.

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old news again new news

My older bother and his cohorts were doing this way back in 1961. A guy would blow all of his air out and a helper guy would grab the first guy around the chest and lift him off the ground until the first guy blacked out. Hmmm, he is bipolar now.

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Trollface

What's wrong with the old school methods?

Scotch + Weed + Pink Floyd album

The kids today, eh?

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