Can Hanging Upside Down Kill You?

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  • When you were a kid, did anyone ever tell you that your head would explode if you hung upside down for too long? Well... they might have been on to something.

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Comments: 1 089

  • hedwig hammy
    hedwig hammy 9 hours ago

    1K people liked this so much they risk the health of their phone/computer by hanging it upside down just to like the video again

  • George Henery
    George Henery 2 days ago

    Does anyone else have a problem with constantly ramping up contrast in their videos or is it just me?

  • Amanda Curry
    Amanda Curry 3 days ago

    But... what about yoga <_<

  • Wisdombylearningtruth :)

    what about using a teeter hang ups for a bad back ?

  • VictorKane115
    VictorKane115 20 days ago

    Man, we are super easy to kill in simple ways.

  • BrklynBlackbelt
    BrklynBlackbelt 28 days ago

    Question... why don't babies in the womb who are upside down have any problems?

  • Wanda Thomas
    Wanda Thomas 28 days ago

    Her hand movements are giving me serious vertigo...

  • Sebastian Hernandez
    Sebastian Hernandez 1 month ago

    Pffffftttt..... Screw gravity

  • Mahmoud Jimmy
    Mahmoud Jimmy 1 month ago

    she just mooooves a lot while talking. However, very helpful.

  • vgman94
    vgman94 1 month ago

    Once I held my breath for over a minute as a kid and felt a sharp pain right before I probably was going to begin fainting. Hurt like hell, did not feel normal for the rest of the day and did not attempt that again, ever.

  • Overlord Productions

    It's funny how I'm watching this video upside down as well as making this comment. LOL

  • Moepowerplant
    Moepowerplant 1 month ago

    How did Ms. Gordon become an issue, people come here to know something new. I really find her great, tbh.

  • Pepper Conchobhar
    Pepper Conchobhar 2 months ago

    One of her better videos.

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 2 months ago

    It must be safer hanging up-side-down than right side up. I mean, look at the number of people who have died hanging right side up! It's not an uncommon suicide method and had been used as a form of execution and "mob murder" for thousands of years.

  • Dominick Aldrich
    Dominick Aldrich 2 months ago

    but why would I wanna do it for 28 hours???? I'd do it to straighten out my back for 20 minutes. you should have brought up the fact that short time spent upside down can be good for your back.

  • Monsoonjr99 Mapping
    Monsoonjr99 Mapping 2 months ago

    Astronauts in 0G have health problems, and -1G can kill you. So does 3G take just as long as -1G to kill you, being the same difference?

  • TheSoloGamer
    TheSoloGamer 2 months ago

    You get strokes when you hang upside down for a few hours.... sometimes many minutes too

  • Meadow.Starr
    Meadow.Starr 2 months ago

    i watched 1000 ways to die and i saw this one where a man was robbing a house and somhow got hung upside down and died

  • Alexander Labis
    Alexander Labis 2 months ago

    what if u Just Hang a second or to many times??

  • grfgg Baseball
    grfgg Baseball 2 months ago

    what happens when you eat when you're upside-down?

  • Jazzy Jose
    Jazzy Jose 2 months ago

    I do this everyday for 4 minutes on my bed lmaooo that's probably why my eyesight is shit

  • miloradvlaovic
    miloradvlaovic 2 months ago

    DOesn't seem to bother the Australians tho, and they live upside down. Than again, everything is wrong in that isle, even the water plummets down the drains spinning in the wrong direction and otherwise harmless genuses of animals are deadly there...

  • WatercoloredSilver
    WatercoloredSilver 2 months ago

    Short Answer: Yes, if for long enough.

  • Nick Dubois
    Nick Dubois 2 months ago

    I did it for a minute I stoped

  • Pdot The Deterimed Pines

    It could take more work to get to your legs. it basically shuts down vein flow to your legs and when it's at your head it stays there slowly loosing all it's oxygen. your legs could give out and you would fall but other than that the rest of your body wouldn't get the blood that it needs shutting down vital organs and eventually the brain and the brain stem

  • June Lemon Girl
    June Lemon Girl 2 months ago

    Hi Scishow, I would like to know if inversion table is actually bad for your health. After watching this video I'm not sure if my family should use it anymore. Thank you.

    • Firaro
      Firaro 2 months ago

      since they said it takes hours i wouldnt worry unless they use it for hours at a time. no issues other than death seem to be permanent and if death were common we'd be hearing about all these cases of inversion table deaths. so long as they have a way to right themselves and dont try to go for hours they'll be perfectly fine

  • nosuchthing8
    nosuchthing8 2 months ago

    good video

  • Andrew P
    Andrew P 2 months ago

    Curious about this question after reading Shigurui. I guess I got the answer (Kind of).

  • Vatra
    Vatra 3 months ago

    How she bounces for emphasis is so freaking cute.

  • Lala pirpara
    Lala pirpara 3 months ago

    Thanks for telling us I could of died

  • Lala pirpara
    Lala pirpara 3 months ago

    But I like hanging upside down

  • Claudia
    Claudia 3 months ago

    girl..get that ring out of your nose cause of looks like a snot.

  • Jessica Sanchez
    Jessica Sanchez 3 months ago

    Well that was sufficiently frightening. :-D

  • Eek the Fireuser
    Eek the Fireuser 3 months ago

    Those poor Australians, not only the animals there want to kill them, but so does their orientation :(

  • Yangven
    Yangven 3 months ago

    Most forms of hangings can kill you

  • DDaddySupreme
    DDaddySupreme 3 months ago

    Is the sound only playing out of one ear for anyone else? This happens for me on a lot of scishow videos and I'm really getting tired of it

  • GraceAndGlory
    GraceAndGlory 3 months ago

    My record is 2 hours

  • HappyHime
    HappyHime 3 months ago

    Why can you taste things again if you burp?

  • Abhinav Varma
    Abhinav Varma 3 months ago

    Was that nerd look on purpose ?

  • Followmybliss2013
    Followmybliss2013 3 months ago

    I wish I was like SR Foxley and could afford to give my money away to this worthy cause.

  • catherine birch
    catherine birch 3 months ago

    I used to hang upside down from the monkey bars in the playground when I was a kid, & it did me no harm.

  • Idman Q
    Idman Q 3 months ago

    I used to do this when I was kid.

  • mian  fazle razik
    mian fazle razik 3 months ago

    Hmm I've been fine but with slight headache

  • SpookyWatcher
    SpookyWatcher 3 months ago

    Stop hopping while talking!!

  • Observing Rogue
    Observing Rogue 3 months ago

    This makes me think about what effects high G forces have on the body, and how to strengthen the body for high if someone races extreme vehicles.

  • Reindeer Urf
    Reindeer Urf 4 months ago

    why cant I drink alcohol after drinking my medications?

  • M Tolbert
    M Tolbert 4 months ago


  • M Tolbert
    M Tolbert 4 months ago

    ...which is called heart failure 😐

  • Morgenstern
    Morgenstern 4 months ago

    Those hands made me hate this chicken

  • Rainbow Dash
    Rainbow Dash 4 months ago

    hey, I remember camp lazlo that hanging upside down could make you super smart!~

  • Top 10 Awesome
    Top 10 Awesome 4 months ago

    how do bats do it?

  • Charlie Hutch
    Charlie Hutch 4 months ago

    I usually love this channel but this was plain bull shit.....

    she could have saved a lot of time and said 'I have no fucking clue why they die''
    but here's the real answer:
    An aortic dissection is a catastrophic failure of the big artery leading
    out of the heart. It can kill in minutes and requires prompt surgery if
    the patient is to have any chance, and even then half of all cases
    result in death. A common cause is inversion.
    Inversion tables can lead to death.. it is not a healthy position for a human...

  • Theldras Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

    we shuld do experiments in this subject by suspending criminals upside down untill they die and constantly observe them with various equipment to see just what it is that kills them and why.

  • Angel Arroyo
    Angel Arroyo 4 months ago

    Is she ugly Betty. ?

    KRIGBERT 4 months ago

    Sounds like those kids are perfectly safe, though. I doubt a child will bother to hang like that for more than a few minutes

  • corbin davis
    corbin davis 4 months ago

    i knew john jones was going to be mentioned...

    what was i expecting?

  • Eitan Amir
    Eitan Amir 4 months ago

    as a 21 year old, hanging upside down challenges are frequent and competitive,

  • Dominic Manester
    Dominic Manester 4 months ago

    So the act of hanging upside down could maybe give temporary vision problems and that's about it. Why not talk about the real danger of slipping and landing on your head and/or neck instead of giving the exact opposite of the impression that its even slightly dangerous?

  • LeMagicalPotato
    LeMagicalPotato 4 months ago

    Is it just me or is here skin changing brightness? One moment it shines, then it quickly turns a normal peach color.

  • Myles H
    Myles H 4 months ago

    Dislike bc Olivia.

  • スポポビッチ
    スポポビッチ 4 months ago

    @1:33 Who is responsible for that horrifying background graphic

  • Rocwell Edwards
    Rocwell Edwards 4 months ago

    orrrrr maybe, you could hang upside down to push your body as a workout and make your heart grow stronger! :D

  • Obvxously True
    Obvxously True 4 months ago

    Well she mentions That U cna die Hanging Upside down WHADa BOUT BATS They Have no idea......What's gonna happen💭💭💭💭 :( Poor poor Bats

  • Mel Tee
    Mel Tee 4 months ago

    I was always told that it was dangerous because the jugluar vein in your neck doesn't have any valves to stop blood from backwashing (since the vein is always effected by gravity, it doesn't seem to need the same valves as the rest of your veins have), so hanging upside-down can cause too much blood to pool in your brain.

  • Noel Blackketter
    Noel Blackketter 4 months ago

    I'm assuming this has something to do with why astronauts' vision gets messed up in space.

  • jackfavvv
    jackfavvv 4 months ago

    Wait, then how come Bats can hand upside down for a long as they want?

  • loret Biget
    loret Biget 4 months ago

    why are you jumping ?

  • Parker Raines
    Parker Raines 4 months ago

    Are you sure teachers say "Your head might explode" or is that youthful imagination changing "you might fall on your head and neck" to that?

  • ann Biedenbender
    ann Biedenbender 4 months ago

    Olivia! I bet you are a beautiful woman if you would show it! Please start thinking about how you present yourself to the world, keep those sexy glasses maybe just a smaller more square frame. Bet you would make a very sexy librarian. You could be very pretty if you didn't hide behind glasses, big sweaters and pulled back unkempt hair. Maybe people would like your bouncing around then too! Think about it, no offense best of luck on sci show! PS: LIPSTICK

  • Darian :/
    Darian :/ 4 months ago

    Imma post the 1000th comment just because

  • PooleParty24/7
    PooleParty24/7 4 months ago

    1000th comment.

  • Lil' Yeti
    Lil' Yeti 4 months ago

    The video finished in about 40 sec...

  • Jadesprite
    Jadesprite 4 months ago

    this episode was a lot more morbid than i thought it would be!!! :o

  • iiAliya
    iiAliya 4 months ago

    I need wanna be upside down..

  • HalfMuffin
    HalfMuffin 4 months ago

    A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. TheKing is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame.

  • Shibashish Mahapatra
    Shibashish Mahapatra 4 months ago

    Where is Hank?

  • AmaranthAngel
    AmaranthAngel 4 months ago

    For the eyesight disturbances was it still after a rather prolonged amount of time upside down? And in general is there evidence of negative effects from shorter amounts of time?

    great vid as always =)

  • kiles7
    kiles7 4 months ago

    olivia es una jeva

  • Karina
    Karina 4 months ago

    Amy Farrah Fowler :: The Big Bang Theory

  • Galaxy Swift
    Galaxy Swift 4 months ago

    So a tall person wont have as much pressure on their eyes.

  • Meme Machine
    Meme Machine 4 months ago

    Il stick to hanging myself the proper way

  • Isabelle May
    Isabelle May 4 months ago

    [homestar runner voice] the blood is rushing toooo my headdd, blacking out, blacking out, blacking ouuuut.........

  • Lefl
    Lefl 4 months ago

    she is so cute :3

  • Kate Parker
    Kate Parker 4 months ago

    But isn't being upside down good for you in small doses - a few minutes at a time? I always heard that inversions in yoga are great for your circulatory system because your heart doesn't have to work so hard to pull blood out of your legs. I do aerial yoga twice a week, which involves a fair amount of hanging upside down, because it's supposed to improve circulation and lower blood pressure. Thoughts on this, people more scientifically and medically knowledgable than me?

  • harm wikkerink
    harm wikkerink 4 months ago

    don't let kids play some dumb game. don't let them hang upside down, don't let them fight with sticks. what's next don't run you could fall?

  • Myna Detail
    Myna Detail 4 months ago

    Like seriiioously, its not even that its an anoyyiing way to speeeak, its just that it sound really patroniisiiing, like literaallyyy, oh em gee.

  • BenTDT
    BenTDT 4 months ago

    I'll have a try!

  • srwapo
    srwapo 4 months ago

    But Batman sleeps upside down in the 1989 movie. Are you saying Batman is unrealistic???

  • user123456789
    user123456789 4 months ago

    I disliked because of the morbid topic and not because of Olivia..

  • Kino Uy
    Kino Uy 4 months ago

    I really like her :)

  • Tomarty
    Tomarty 4 months ago

    What about astronauts in 0g? do they half-die?

  • Nameless Nom
    Nameless Nom 4 months ago

    why so many dislikes?
    I don't get it

  • Da Cashman
    Da Cashman 4 months ago

    Can hanging kill you?

  • Brady Schwabach
    Brady Schwabach 4 months ago

    Turn "night mode" on and go to full screen. The girl goes completely white.

  • Miguel Hernandez
    Miguel Hernandez 4 months ago


  • jobriq5
    jobriq5 4 months ago

    Why are there kids hanging upside down from my anus?

  • G3NOS
    G3NOS 4 months ago

    Kids these days don't even go outside. They have nothing to worry about :)

  • BunnyKitKat
    BunnyKitKat 4 months ago

    Why do some people have lazy eyes?

  • James Whitlock
    James Whitlock 4 months ago

    Miss jazz hands is back

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