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Water + You Drinking It = What!?

Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.

 

Puzzle ID:#39229
Fun:*** (2.27)
Difficulty:** (1.55)
Category:Science
Submitted By:AndrewWalkerAfi*****!
Corrected By:fedex337

 

 

 



"Hello folks, I am a man with a weird situation. Every week I will give you a situation in which you will have to find the answer to the question. Okay, here is the scenario:

"Two men were talking about water. One man was a chemist, and the other was a doctor. The doctor said, 'If you have pure water and drink it, it could potentially kill you.' But the chemist said, 'That's ridiculous! If you have pure water with nothing else in it, it won't kill you. If that was true I'd have been dead for years.'

"So which man was correct?"





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Comments

King_of_Smart*
Nov 16, 2007

Good one!
jsdodgersAus*
Nov 16, 2007

That one was too easy, but better than most teasers.
Mad-AdeAhu*
Nov 16, 2007

woudn't this then be true of any liquid? Seems a bit pointless, somewhat like saying certain makes of piano will kill you if it drops on you.
x0kandigurlx0Aus*
Nov 16, 2007

I agree with Mad-Ade.
happyhakAen*
Nov 17, 2007

LOL! That was a funny one
JohnMorr
Nov 18, 2007

Or if the pure water was at 98 degrees centigrade.....
jasmin215**
Nov 22, 2007

u kno, i was watch some movie and you can drown from drinkin alot of water wen u have just did drugs.. but yh, its all liquids, not only water


but i drink water alll the time n im not dead
snipatcn
Nov 26, 2007

turns inside out....
drowns in the brain....
barfs a kidney...
snipatcn
Nov 26, 2007

i agree with mad ade too
ElectronJohn*us*
Nov 28, 2007

The 'pure water' part was a curve ball designed to make the teaser a bit harder for us, but it does not make the answer any less correct.

I am still going to drink water though since the volumes that I drink have never been a problem to me.
moody12345*us
Nov 28, 2007

That was very interesting!
I didn't know that you can drown from that.
snipatcn
Dec 04, 2007

*gulp :carrot:
m_-_-_eus
Dec 15, 2007

Weird. I got it right but for the wrong reason.
masquerademe235*us*
Dec 19, 2007

It actually happened. Some radio had a contest that whoever could drink the most water in the shortest amount of time without going to the bathroom would win a wii. Someone called in and warned the hosts about "water poisioning". The next day, the girl who came in second place was found dead.
Holoten*
Jan 20, 2008

Why don't I get it?
rockstar1234567Aca*
Jan 30, 2008

i don't know about this one
woooo
Jan 30, 2008

Too obvious and besides, you can't handle not peeing. if you don't pee, you wet ur pants.
Cimorene**
Mar 23, 2008

it was really good!! i had never heard that before
yanksgirlAus*
Apr 13, 2008

great teaser
airmoose*au*
Jul 25, 2008

The issues at play are that the human kidney has a finite ability to create dilute urine. So if you keep drinking water you will be become depleted of important electrolytes. The second issue relates to a dilution of the intravascular fluid. If you make to fluid/ blood more dilute compared to the cells then osmotic forces will drive fluid into the cells which can lead osmotic lysis (rupturing) of the cells. Both of the above issues can kill you. This is the reason why fluids given in hospital intravenously are iso-osmolar. You do no give pure water intravenously. But when drinking water orally the body can accomodate relatively large amounts before there are any significant consequences.
srpwuzhereAus*
Nov 23, 2008

lol weird. i learned something new today!
TableElbowsA*
Aug 19, 2009

Yay osmosis! It took me years to understand that when I was at school...
It's also why sweet water fish drown in salt water. And cherries burst when it rains.
animallover2000*gl*
Nov 30, 2009

Okay, well I suck at science, and I thought that it was some sort of trick. I thought the trick had to do with the dead part.... but no! These are supposed to be brain TEASERS! Okay, sorry. I went a little overboard... but, nice one! Liked it! a little tricky for me, though... Bye!
princess2007A*
Mar 09, 2011

By pure, did you mean distilled?? In that case, even a small amount could kill you as essential electrolytes and vitamins from our body would be rapidly depleted.
C0untryGirlAus
Jul 30, 2013

I thought the answer was water that was boiling.



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