An 8-year-old has died after inhaling helium from a balloon and we as a society continue to promote the “old gag” as a fun, harmless comedy act.
After not showing up to work for a week, 34-year-old UK factory worker Vitalijus Titok was discovered in his home, dead by helium suicide. Although this man’s actions were purposeful, incredibly, most people still do not understand the danger in inhaling helium.
Britain’s “The Paul O’Grady Show” is under investigation for its stunt featuring the talk show host inhaling helium – a practice that can result in serious injury or even death.
When we think of uses for helium, most everyone immediately thinks of party balloons, blimps, and high-pitched voices. However, the uses for helium go far beyond just a few novelties. (Never inhale helium, by the way. It can kill you.) In fact, without helium, we may have never had our supermarket checkouts, iPhones, or even the ability to detect tricky cancers.
Below are the different uses for helium that you probably didn’t know existed.
We’re nearly halfway through 2015 now and the first half of the year brought us a bizarre new trend among teens and adults alike: helium burping. Yep, it makes a funny noise. What isn’t funny about helium burping is that it is unbelievably dangerous and it can have fatal results.
Let us make this blatantly clear: HELIUM BURPING CAN KILL YOU.