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Doing the Funky Chicken for kicks: the choking game gets updated

by | 3rd, August 2013

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EVER do The Funky Chicken? It’s where the children hyperventilate until they pass out. This report worries about its popularity in South Australia.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) says the big issue is with the  falling down  and hitting your head. Dr Patricia Montanaro from the AMA says:

“Death can occur in extreme cases, it becomes more of an accident at the end.” 

A quick search of the web tells us that funky chicken is “That smell, you know it, when chicken has been left out too long”.

It is also the name of a chicken restaurant in London.

Most famously is is the name of a tune by Rufus Thomas.

It’s hard to find evident that the new Funky Chicken has led to deaths.

We did come across thumb-blowing. The Times tells us: of a boy placed in a medically-induced coma:

A 12-year-old boy who watched an internet video that showed him how to make himself faint by trying a “thumb-blowing” craze had to be placed in a coma and spent 36 hours in hospital, his parents said yesterday.

Sam Thomas, of St Columb Minor, Cornwall, fell and hit his head after carrying out the stunt, which is shown in several videos online and involves hyperventilating before applying pressure to the chest. Sam’s parents, Celia and Rob Thomas, have since warned other young people against trying the craze.

“We didn’t know if he was going to wake up knowing us,” Mrs Thomas told a local newspaper, Newquay Voice. “We were in disbelief that this could be so dangerous. But having spoken to people, it’s not a new thing. It’s caused death before and many more children have suffered brain damage. Children at that age don’t understand things like this, there’s no fear of danger. They need to realise this is dangerous.”

Mr Thomas, a firefighter, said: “I picked him up and he had no blue in his eyes, they were all black. There was nothing I could do to help him. He didn’t know who I was, he couldn’t talk, couldn’t walk. We went to the doctor’s, and they called an ambulance.”

Says Sam:

The schoolboy said he could now remember little about the experience. “It was all a bit scary and I would definitely say to others not to bother doing it,” he said.

It’s not new.

In 2010,

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