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(SouthBend Tribune)   Teen huffs can of compressed air, drives across four lanes of traffic, knocks parked car through Nextel store, stumbles from car and says, "We're here"   ( divider line
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2005-01-30 06:46:24 AM  
Did you not get the memo. Its Sextel now.
2005-01-30 06:46:47 AM  
What I want to know is who sits in their room wondering, "Oh, that can of compressed air! Wow, that would really get me high!"

/old drivers surrender
2005-01-30 06:49:46 AM  
[image from too old to be available] indeed
2005-01-30 06:50:38 AM  
In other news, said teen to soon be featured as another fark headline, this time wearing the new darwin tag
2005-01-30 06:54:29 AM  
He should have huffed a can of helium. Then he coulda got out of the car and said "We're here!" in a squeaky voice and everybody would have laughed.
2005-01-30 06:56:27 AM  
Hmmm... I didn't happen to see anything in the article about this [then again, just skimmed it], but to you science-farkers out there - what exactly is it that gets the user so high? The propellant? Or is it the sudden rush of so much air?

/pardon bad grammar/spelling/etc; I just spent 4 or so hours programming Sequent parallel C for a CS lab. My mind hurts. :P
2005-01-30 06:58:29 AM  
How is it that there are no charges laid ?

If it was booze or dope kid would be farked !

This is sad really, i mean couldn't he get real drugs !?

2005-01-30 06:58:34 AM  
Dammit, CruiserTwelve, I hate pissing my pants so early on a Sunday Morning.
2005-01-30 06:59:05 AM  
Jeff Spicoli unavailable for comment.
2005-01-30 07:02:45 AM  
aww i got beat to the spicoli reference
2005-01-30 07:06:33 AM  
*golf clap*
2005-01-30 07:14:13 AM  

it's not the air that gets you high, it's the aerosol propellants associated with it that get the job done. For example: spray one of those bottles an inch or two from a hard surface, and you'll see a brief condensation of some kind. That's not air, those are the CFC w/o being bad for everything (hopefully) propellants. Propellants = highness. (Presumably)
2005-01-30 07:16:34 AM  
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/loves dusting
2005-01-30 07:16:57 AM  
The propellant, usually, SniperWolf. In spray paint, it's most prevalent in metallic and especially gold and silver paint. When cops or parents find a huffer, they usually have a gold or silver spray paint can. They spray it into a rag and huff the fumes.

In this case, I think it was CO2 that is used to blow dust out of computer parts. Same thing happens with too much Helium. It deprives the brain of O2 and, for some peer-pressured idiots, makes you feel good.

/That took entirely too long...
2005-01-30 07:17:14 AM  
Hmmm... I didn't happen to see anything in the article about this [then again, just skimmed it], but to you science-farkers out there - what exactly is it that gets the user so high? The propellant? Or is it the sudden rush of so much air?

It's the propellants used to compress the air. The 'high' is not so dissimilar to oxygen deprivation... in addition to whatever effects the chemicals inside the can have on you as well. Ever remember sticking the nozzle from that can of whipped cream into your mouth, giving yourself a burst of faux-dairy and getting a little high in the process? Nitrous Oxide, baby. Some compressed air cans still use that.

The can of compressed air I have here uses a whole lot of Butane in addition to something else. probably hence the "EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE!" warnings all over the can.

Snorting a bunch of (any chemical or gas other than oxygen, or hell, even pure oxygen does it) will give you some sort of a high, usually.
2005-01-30 07:21:41 AM  

That's not air, those are the CFC w/o being bad for everything (hopefully) propellants.

From what I understood, most CFC's are illegal now. Anything that people use for propellants must be non-ozone depleting elements. I forget what the exceptions/exemptions are. Found an older can of airduster in the trash. It uses 1-Difluroethane.

Oh yeah. Refridgerant. That shiat'll get you high.

SYNONYM(s): Freon 152a; Ethylidene Fluoride; Refrigerant 152a; Difluoroethane; Genetron 152a; Genetron 100; Ethylidene Difluoride

Remember, there are different forms of Freon.
2005-01-30 07:23:34 AM  
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2005-01-30 07:30:46 AM  
12inpianist - actually, one of the appeals of "dusting" is that the propellants actually end up making your voice slightly lower, as opposed to heliu which makes it higher. This result sounds artificial (yes, I've witnessed this) and is a bit less blatant than helium, and the brain damage is certainly not worth the laugh.
2005-01-30 07:34:13 AM  
bloodynose - Holy Wet Sack of Asshats... Freon? I thought that Freon was highly toxic and had to be specially disposed of, like when you recharge your car's AC...they just let people spray this crap everywhere? Please tell me it's a tamer, more intert form...
2005-01-30 07:34:14 AM  
No charges filed. That kid needs to be put in a decompression chamber.
2005-01-30 07:36:47 AM  
I got to see one of my friends suck down some Duster. It dropped his voice really low and he laughed hysterically for 5 minutes or so for no reason and when it wore off he sucked down some more. When asked if I wanted to try that I said something along the lines of "hell no!"
2005-01-30 07:43:45 AM  
Winktologist: Nowdays we use hydrofluorocarbons; they're a little less effective as refrigerants IIRC, but they don't do nearly as much damage to the environment. They work well for aerosols, though.
2005-01-30 07:48:59 AM  
Winktologist, I was just comparing the two because they both eat brain cells.

I didn't know it made your voice lower. Interesting. What's the theory behind that?

/You know what will really mess you up? Running shoes.
//Marathon running, you dig?
2005-01-30 07:49:13 AM  
If that's what the kid would do to get the Nextel, I shudder to think what happens whenever he craves a Klondike bar.
2005-01-30 07:53:34 AM  
How an I drivin'?
I think we're parked, man!
2005-01-30 08:02:53 AM  
can you hear me now?

2005-01-30 08:16:20 AM  
more evidence as to why we need an "Indiana" tag

actually kind of sad, a guy I knew in 8th grade died huffing butane, scared me straight, never touched drugs in the 15 some odd years since.
2005-01-30 08:20:44 AM  
"compressed air" keyboard cleaner isn't air. It's usually either tetra- or di- fluoroethane. It is not a CFC ( ChloroFluoroCarbon) but just a FC (fluorinated hydrocarbon). Good for the ozone layer, bad for the central nervous system.

For huffers it's pure drug, no paint and shait to get all over everything. It's effect comes from depriving the brain of oxygen and possibly from some chemical intereference with neurons. It appears to break down the 'insulation' around nerve cells and kind of shorts them out.
2005-01-30 08:24:10 AM  
"It was pretty loud," said Nextel distribution manager Brent Swindler

A guy named Swindler working for Nextel? How apropos...
2005-01-30 08:25:28 AM  
bloodynose: Ahhh.... okay. Thanks for that. I figured it was somehow at least similar to oxygen depravation, combined with whatever nasties were in the propellant.

And considering how much whipped cream I directly ingested growing up, I'm surprised I'm not more screwed up than I am. :P
2005-01-30 08:35:20 AM  
Figures... I'm from the South Bend area... Seems we always make the lamest of news...

//bows head and just shakes
2005-01-30 08:35:27 AM  
"We're here" makes the story for me. Big LOL. Nothing caps off a moment of insanity like a throwaway comment in the context of the moment before the insanity.
2005-01-30 08:38:45 AM  
Speaking of funny things that happen with inhalants. I went to a jungle rave in an old Hollywood theatre once. They were selling nitrous balloons at the top of the stairs. Several times that night, you'd see some kid go upstairs to get his 3 nitrous balloons, and soon after you'd see a balloon come whizzing down the stairs, followed by the same kid, passed out, tumbling down the stairs with two other balloons wrapped around his fingers. The kids would get their nitrous, do the first hit on the stairs, and pass out, dropping their balloon and falling down the stairs. Big LOLs.
2005-01-30 09:12:49 AM  
Whre does this "compressed air" come from?

Do they recycle it?
2005-01-30 09:18:53 AM  
So what I'm wondering is, where is here?
2005-01-30 09:23:21 AM  

And considering how much whipped cream I directly ingested growing up, I'm surprised I'm not more screwed up than I am. :P

Don't shake the can before huffing. And hold it in the upright position.

/dang kids don't know nuthin' these days [grumble]
//I keed
2005-01-30 09:27:23 AM  
Man thats some good shiat!
2005-01-30 09:43:24 AM  
bloodynose: Oh yeah. Refridgerant. That shiat'll get you high.

Spent a week installing a network at a place in Sanford Florida once that shared a property line with a Juvenile Detention Facility - more like a school than a jail. I was out back one day looking for where the phone lines came into the building and noticed the air conditioner unit was 100% enclosed (the top even) by sturdy chain link fence.

I asked someone why and they explained that the kids used to jump the fence at night, crack into the line which held the refrigerant and huff it. On the third repair one of the guards asked what was going on, they told him they didn't know, that someone was vandalizing their AC and the guard explained it all to them.

Craziest shiat I ever heard of, except maybe those stories about kids eating the chemicals in the middle of a Polaroid photo to "trip".
2005-01-30 09:46:34 AM  
Kids do the darndest things dont they?
2005-01-30 10:11:07 AM  
"As of Friday afternoon, no charges had been filed in conjunction with the accident."

2005-01-30 10:34:05 AM  
I only learned as much as I did because I went to Staples to buy compressed air. The girl behind the counter (couldn't have been older than 17) asked me if I was 18 or older. I'm 26. Thanks to smoking, I probably look closer to 30. *ALL* of the canned air was kept behind the counter.



actually kind of sad, a guy I knew in 8th grade died huffing butane, scared me straight, never touched drugs in the 15 some odd years since.

That'll happen, but ugh... butane is a shiatty way to get high. At least with Reddi-Whip (Still packed with NO2, I believe) you get a yummy creame filling with your buzz.

/Hasn't huffed in 8 years.

PS: dunno if anyone will agree with me, but seems like the chemicals used to pack air was safer "back then." I never heard of stories like these involving cans of whipped cream or the earliest of the Compressed Air/Canned Dusters.
2005-01-30 10:44:23 AM  
But while the injuries were minor, the damage was major. Spencer said a total of $15,000 to $35,000 in damage was done to the vehicles and the building. The driver was insured, he said.

Not for long...
2005-01-30 10:54:55 AM  
2005-01-30 11:06:26 AM  
People. Nitrous Oxide, NO2 is the stuff in whipped cream cans. It is the same gas used by dentists. It is safe.

The propellants in cans of air and paint and such are not nitrous oxide and are not used by dentists and are not safe.

/the more you know
//the higher you can get safely
2005-01-30 11:08:19 AM  
Oh and when I say "safe" I of course mean that you don't inhale it at the top of a landing, or while driving, and such. I mean that unless you inhale a shaitload of the stuff on a regular basis, you will survive and be fine.
2005-01-30 11:18:17 AM  
My best friend was riding shotgun in a car that drove "THRU" his favorite bar at Purdue. Anybody remember that hole at Nicks Pool Hall?

Yeah. that was him.

Long live Michiana.
2005-01-30 11:22:40 AM  
Another alternative source for NO2 used to be nitrous bottles used for race cars. I've heard they've added some nasty chemical to it now that makes you sick when you inhale it.
2005-01-30 11:28:47 AM  
Lessee; Nextel will sue the kid's parents and the girl's parents. If the Nextel store is a franchise, they'll sue the parents. The owners of the cars will sue the parents. The driver will get nailed with a sackful of traffic charges. That kid might even end up with his car insurance recinded (read, they refuse to pay for damages), probably cancelled too, and his family would then have to pay for *everything*.....
2005-01-30 11:46:47 AM  
Mad Mark- NO2 is a poisonous gas. You mean N2O
2005-01-30 11:47:39 AM  
Is this not a reasonable place to park?
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