Red Out

The 1948 high school fad of "Red-Out." Certainly one of the stupidest high school fads ever.

What it involved: "Students would kneel, breathe deeply 10 times, close their lips around their thumbs and then blow, without actually exhaling, until they turned red and passed out."

Bonus thrill: students would wake up believing they had been chased by monsters!

Lubbock Evening Journal - Nov 26 - 1948
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 29, 2014
     Category: Fads | School | 1940s

I remember something like this going around back when I was in high school. IIRC it didn't get much play.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/29/14 at 10:30 AM
20 years later we were still doing dumb stuff in high school but at least we had the excuse that drugs were involved.
Posted by F.U.D. on 11/29/14 at 10:40 AM
I did a version of this in middle school during the late 80s: the person to pass out would hyperventilate, and then hold his breath while a friend gave gave him a bear hug. It wasn't much of a thrill, and I was told later that it was dangerous (probably because passing out by any means is a bit dangerous?). Teenagers are just dumb.
Posted by Joe on 11/29/14 at 06:51 PM
That's a suckers buzz! And the correct term is Oxygen depravation.
It seems to get a different name (and cause) every few years but the result is the same Cumulative and permanent brain damage!
To any high school students reading this and considering any kind of pass out game, Don't do it. Wait a few years and get some weed! Take it from ole Tyrusguy! There's a time and place for everything, And it's called college! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/29/14 at 08:59 PM
People are always trying to achieve altered states of reality. Unfortunately most of the ways to do that cause varying amounts of damage to the brain. Also, the more damage the less likely one is to make good decisions so it becomes a vicious circle.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/30/14 at 08:07 AM
There was a fad around 1961 in my grade school. Kid A would hold his breath while Kid B gave him a bear hug until Kid A blacked out and then Kid B would let him go, with Kid A hitting the pavement. Most of us had decided this wasn't a great idea before the school frantically did an announcement that this was strictly verboten.

I found other ways to achieve brain damage, including staying in school.
Posted by Harvey on 11/30/14 at 09:46 PM
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