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dualed
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How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


The pelican gullet kidnapper got me wondering about this. I'm assuming there's a point you reach where your lungs can't hold enough air to hold you above water.






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chud
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


fat floats a lot better than muscle.





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boonies
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


you serious Clark?





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Uncle JackD
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


You honestly believe its the air in your lungs that causes us to float?





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Doldil
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I think you have that backwards...while all my skinny friends used to exhale to have parties at the bottom of the pool, my fatass would bob right back to the top. #can'tbedrowned





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RealityTiger
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


What's heavier - a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?





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dualed
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


Generally speaking. I don't want a science lesson. I'm talking like you take in a huge breath of air and jump in water. You sink or swim. Maybe I should've been more specific





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roadGator
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


When my lungs are full, I float in my pool. When I exhale, straight to the bottom.







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JJ27
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Muscle is denser. Fat guys will float forever.





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chud
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


not to give you a big science lesson then, but let me rephrase my previous statement. fat people float. does that help?





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lsu480
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When my lungs are full, I float in my pool. When I exhale, straight to the bottom.


This is true!






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roadGator
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This is true!


And never fails in my case.






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Boudreaux35
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How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


You must got manure fer brains!






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SaintEB
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


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When my lungs are full, I float in my pool. When I exhale, straight to the bottom.


Dead people float. They usually aren't breathing.






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tgrbaitn08
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


fat people are more buoyant. Fact





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tgrbaitn08
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Dead people float. They usually aren't breathing.



When a person drowns they go straight to the bottom, it's not for about 24 hours before they come back up to the surface






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JordonfortheJ
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


Damn, people are dumb as hell





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jeff5891
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


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I'm assuming there's a point you reach where your lungs can't hold enough air to hold you above water.


i feel sorry for your brain






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Mr Fusion
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re: How fat do you have to be to sink in water?


why don't you go try to drown yourself to find out?





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SaintEB
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When a person drowns they go straight to the bottom, it's not for about 24 hours before they come back up to the surface


24 hours? Damn, that's a long time. I didn't realize it took that long.


Wiki Answers. Not sure how accurate, but sounds good.


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After death, the organisms/bacteria within the body will metabolise and multiply, producing lots of gas in the process. Most of this gas is unable to escape, so the body expand and float from all of the gasses present. The body will then sink again once it has decayed enough to allow the gasses to escape.



ETA: More Wikianswers...



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Dead bodies float on water much the same way living bodies do. And yes, living bodies do float on water. But if you panic and exhale, you will sink. IF you stay calm and keep your lungs inflated you will float. This is because of density. Anything less dense than water floats, and anything more dense than water sinks. Our human bodies have a density close to that of water and we WILL float if we keep our chest expanded and lungs filled with air. When people drown, their lungs are full of water and they sink. After a number of hours, up to a few days, gases from decomposition trapped inside their body make them buoyant and they will float. Then carrion eaters, blow flies, and other flesh eating creatures will puncture through their tissues, releasing the trapped gases, and causing them to sink again.




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