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(Daily Mail)   Chinese World Cup fan dies due to sleep deprivation, because there's no possibility something else might have gone down   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 45
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2014-06-17 04:12:06 AM  
Don't you get tired before đying of exhaustion?
 
2014-06-17 08:23:36 AM  
there's no possibility something else might have gone down

At least, not if my wife was involved.....
 
2014-06-17 09:03:48 AM  
That was only the 2nd day of the tournament. So basically he would have had to stay up one night, maybe two depending on time zone malarky. That doesn't seem lethal.
 
2014-06-17 09:04:55 AM  
Dead from sleep deprivation...

So then, how are all the slaves who make your iPhones still alive?
 
2014-06-17 09:09:00 AM  
With the game kicking off at 4pm local time, it did not finish in China until around 5 in the morning, and doctors believe his death could have been caused by the sleep deprivation.


I'm guessing China has really lousy doctors.
 
2014-06-17 09:10:34 AM  

danielscissorhands: Dead from sleep deprivation...

So then, how are all the slaves who make your iPhones still alive?


They are powered by the spirit of Saint Jobs.
 
2014-06-17 09:10:59 AM  
Whatever the reason the guy died (hell, there are 25-million people in Shanghai, someone's gonna die for basically no reason at least once a day), to my mind the best part of the article was that after discussion of this poor soul's untimely demise, the last line of the article is:

"Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben both scored twice as Oranje ran riot against the current world champions."

Let's not forget what's really important here.

/ORANJE!
 
2014-06-17 09:13:48 AM  
So they were playing starcraft and just happened to have the tv tuned to the world cup?
 
2014-06-17 09:16:31 AM  
Seems legit.

/totally
 
2014-06-17 09:26:06 AM  
I may be wrong, but I thought I read about this exact same thing happening four years ago during the World Cup.
 
2014-06-17 09:29:53 AM  
A lot of people there think that it's OK to stay up by drinking tons of caffeine and...

oh, they got that from American college students.  Nevermind.
 
2014-06-17 09:48:55 AM  
Too bad he had to stay up late watching a shiatty sport.
And before I get jumped on by the soccer hooligans, American football sucks just as bad.
 
2014-06-17 10:04:15 AM  
What's ironic about this is that soccer would put most people to sleep.

Not to start a flamewar about soccer.  But...  The field is WAY too large.  And for that reason, scores occur entirely too infrequently to keep it interesting.  It's like 90 minutes of watching people running in circles.
 
2014-06-17 10:30:54 AM  
Bored to Death?
 
2014-06-17 10:36:34 AM  
Lot more likely that he died from a simple heart attack, maybe with a little help for an energy drink overdose.
I don't think it is possible to die from sleep deprivation. In any case, when you are all alone watching TV, if you are tired enough you will fall asleep no matter how much noise there is around you.
 
2014-06-17 10:36:39 AM  
I was once hospitalized for exhaustion during a Farscape marathon.
 
2014-06-17 10:38:52 AM  
Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.
 
2014-06-17 10:41:32 AM  
You can't "die" from sleep deprivation, but years and years of shiatty sleep habits can have a negative effect on your health.
It can raise your blood pressure, cause irregular heart beats, depression, obesity, poor decision making...
But you can't just drop dead from lack of sleep. Your brain will just start shutting off and force you to narnia.
There was a single case where a guy did die from his inability to sleep, but it took 3 months.
 
2014-06-17 10:41:44 AM  

durbnpoisn: What's ironic about this is that soccer would put most people to sleep.

Not to start a flamewar about soccer.  But...  The field is WAY too large.  And for that reason, scores occur entirely too infrequently to keep it interesting.  It's like 90 minutes of watching people running in circles.


I don't watch sports. I find it funny that so many people complain about how boring soccer is, but they watch football (oh, someone ran 10 yards, let's stop the action for 5 minutes and show people on the sidelines discussing the play), hockey (scoring is about as frequent as soccer but I guess they added fighting to spice things up), and basketball (someone scores every minute or two--gotta keep it interesting!)

The only time I watch sports is when the World Cup comes around because as the child of European immigrants, that's what you do. You get into it because it's a championship game.

My point is that all sports are equally boring, you would probably be just as into soccer if you followed the teams on a regular basis.
 
2014-06-17 10:43:05 AM  
I am guessing he was already in poor health and that sleep deprivation had nothing to do with it.
 
2014-06-17 10:47:31 AM  

zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.


You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".
 
2014-06-17 10:52:12 AM  
If it's a legitimate sleep deprivation, the human body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
 
2014-06-17 10:55:59 AM  

danielscissorhands: Dead from sleep deprivation...

So then, how are all the slaves who make your iPhones still alive?


FoxConn is actually one of the best employers in China, positions there are highly desired.
 
2014-06-17 10:58:39 AM  

Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".


... Actually kickball around here is quite popular and there are multiple adult kickball leagues on the Mall...
 
2014-06-17 11:00:23 AM  
Man, it's bad enough that everyone pretends to be a soccer fan during "#WORLDCUPOMG", but pretending enough that it kills you??
 
2014-06-17 11:01:07 AM  

gopher321: With the game kicking off at 4pm local time, it did not finish in China until around 5 in the morning, and doctors believe his death could have been caused by the sleep deprivation.


I'm guessing China has really lousy doctors.


Maybe he fell asleep and was hastily buried?
 
2014-06-17 11:01:55 AM  

Carn: Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".

... Actually kickball around here is quite popular and there are multiple adult kickball leagues on the Mall...


Damn, hadn't heard of that before :(
 
2014-06-17 11:01:58 AM  

durbnpoisn: What's ironic about this is that soccer would put most people to sleep.

Not to start a flamewar about soccer.  But...  The field is WAY too large.  And for that reason, scores occur entirely too infrequently to keep it interesting.  It's like 90 minutes of watching people running in circles.


You're suppose to sit there and take in the "beauty" of what's happening in front of you.  This "beauty" is inevitably broken by: some player rolling around on the field, in his death throes, because he was bumped in the back (to be eventually healed by the "magic spray"), outbursts of singing when nothing in particular is happening, and maybe, just maybe, the always festive deadly riot and/or stampede.  Oh, and good sportsmanship, too, like the fans throwing an African player bananas (I know, they probably worried about his potassium levels).
 
2014-06-17 11:10:49 AM  

Slaxl: Carn: Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".

... Actually kickball around here is quite popular and there are multiple adult kickball leagues on the Mall...

Damn, hadn't heard of that before :(


Well I think it's only because, like softball, it's easy to play and get shiatfaced at the same time, so I've been told.  Not going to become a national pastime any time soon.  DC region also isn't necessarily typical either.
 
2014-06-17 11:15:35 AM  

ChuckRoddy: You can't "die" from sleep deprivation, but years and years of shiatty sleep habits can have a negative effect on your health.
It can raise your blood pressure, cause irregular heart beats, depression, obesity, poor decision making...
But you can't just drop dead from lack of sleep. Your brain will just start shutting off and force you to narnia.
There was a single case where a guy did die from his inability to sleep, but it took 3 months.


I've been told by all of 2 (count 'em 2!) psychology professors that it's not lack of sleep that can kill you, but lack of dreams. Sleep is merely a means for the body to catch up on its oxygen supply, dreams are what really matter.

/didn't mean to get sappy at the end
 
2014-06-17 11:17:53 AM  

Bedstead Polisher: I don't watch sports. I find it funny that so many people complain about how boring soccer is, but they watch football (oh, someone ran 10 yards, let's stop the action for 5 minutes and show people on the sidelines discussing the play)


Hey, but those 11 minutes when the ball is actually in play is soooo exciting!!!!

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2014-06-17 11:20:54 AM  

gfid: Bedstead Polisher: I don't watch sports. I find it funny that so many people complain about how boring soccer is, but they watch football (oh, someone ran 10 yards, let's stop the action for 5 minutes and show people on the sidelines discussing the play)

Hey, but those 11 minutes when the ball is actually in play is soooo exciting!!!!

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http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142405274870428120457500285 2 055561406


Unless I'm at a bar, I can't watch football on tv anymore unless it's on dvr, but then you realize this so pointedly.  It's also why hockey is my favorite to watch now.  Hockey on dvr is an hour and 45 minutes of non-stop awesome.
 
2014-06-17 11:24:44 AM  

Carn: Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".

... Actually kickball around here is quite popular and there are multiple adult kickball leagues on the Mall...


Hipster.
 
2014-06-17 11:31:00 AM  
I wonder who the Chinese are cheering for?  Perhaps South Korea?  Certainly not Japan.  I've known, worked with and lived amongst many Chinese people in the past and none of them had anything good to say about people or things that weren't also from China (unless they were very expensive products that could be used to show off status).
 
2014-06-17 11:33:15 AM  

MemeSlave: Carn: Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".

... Actually kickball around here is quite popular and there are multiple adult kickball leagues on the Mall...

Hipster.


Hey I didn't say *I* played, just that it's a thing.   With hipsters and dude-bros.
 
2014-06-17 11:38:15 AM  

HairyNevus: ChuckRoddy: You can't "die" from sleep deprivation, but years and years of shiatty sleep habits can have a negative effect on your health.
It can raise your blood pressure, cause irregular heart beats, depression, obesity, poor decision making...
But you can't just drop dead from lack of sleep. Your brain will just start shutting off and force you to narnia.
There was a single case where a guy did die from his inability to sleep, but it took 3 months.

I've been told by all of 2 (count 'em 2!) psychology professors that it's not lack of sleep that can kill you, but lack of dreams. Sleep is merely a means for the body to catch up on its oxygen supply, dreams are what really matter.

/didn't mean to get sappy at the end



Did you roll your eyes at those professors?  Because that's grade A stupid.
 
2014-06-17 11:48:46 AM  

BafflerMeal: HairyNevus: 

I've been told by all of 2 (count 'em 2!) psychology professors that it's not lack of sleep that can kill you, but lack of dreams. Sleep is merely a means for the body to catch up on its oxygen supply, dreams are what really matter.

/didn't mean to get sappy at the end


Did you roll your eyes at those professors?  Because that's grade A stupid.


It had to do with the fact that when we dream, it is also the time that our brains create connections between neurons most productively. I guess a better way of putting it would be "REM sleep is vital to health" (dreaming also occurs REM sleep).

Also, they were psychology professors. Of course I rolled my eyes at them!

/went down the biology route
 
2014-06-17 11:49:05 AM  

Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".


Nope.
Any 'sport' you can play missing half your limbs isn't really that tough a sport.
 
2014-06-17 12:51:12 PM  

zepher: Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".

Nope.
Any 'sport' you can play missing half your limbs isn't really that tough a sport.


A sport isn't tough if you can play it with half your limbs missing? That doesn't leave a lot of tough sports, does it now?
 
2014-06-17 02:21:50 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: durbnpoisn: What's ironic about this is that soccer would put most people to sleep.

Not to start a flamewar about soccer.  But...  The field is WAY too large.  And for that reason, scores occur entirely too infrequently to keep it interesting.  It's like 90 minutes of watching people running in circles.

I don't watch sports. I find it funny that so many people complain about how boring soccer is, but they watch football (oh, someone ran 10 yards, let's stop the action for 5 minutes and show people on the sidelines discussing the play), hockey (scoring is about as frequent as soccer but I guess they added fighting to spice things up), and basketball (someone scores every minute or two--gotta keep it interesting!)

The only time I watch sports is when the World Cup comes around because as the child of European immigrants, that's what you do. You get into it because it's a championship game.

My point is that all sports are equally boring, you would probably be just as into soccer if you followed the teams on a regular basis.


I'll entertain this...  Because I agree on some level.  And I will explain...  btw, I am a moderate sports fan.  I have no favorite teams really.  And I much prefer to see any sport live rather than watching on TV.

Now having said that...  The actual biggest problem with professional sports is that the players are all so friggin good, that everything seems to run like clockwork.  The only way a game really gets interesting is when someone makes a mistake, or someone pulls a fantastic move that has never been tried.  This is what makes hockey and basketball so frustrating.  It's just back and forth with the same result until something weird happens.  Like a score, or a miss (hockey and basketball respectively).

Baseball is very much like this too.  The pitcher throws.  If the pitch is great, nothing happens.  If the pitch gets hit, it's either caught, a home run, or a lucky infield base hit.  But the players are all so good, that nothing interesting ever happens.

Football is actually the worst offender of all sports.  They took Rugby, and decided that it was too chaotic.  We can't have all these plays, all planned out, but running amok.  We have to stop EVERYTHING.  Get EVERYTHING in order.  And only THEN can we run this play.  Then, we have to stop and annalyze it.
It's been calculated that a 3 hour football game only has about 12 minutes of actual activity on the field.  And every single thing that happens on the field is scrutinized, because the slightest little thing could upset the balance of the perfectly planned play.
And, as a bonus that I think is really farking stupid...  When they aren't sure of a first down, they bring out the chains to measure.  Even though the tic marks on the side are exactly the same as the tic marks in the middle.  They still waste time by bringing out the chains and measure it RIGHT there!

Holy crap is that over-regulation.
 
2014-06-17 02:47:21 PM  
Poopsocking
 
2014-06-17 03:50:05 PM  
Could be a case of fan death moving in from South Korea.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death
 
2014-06-17 04:44:31 PM  

zepher: Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".

Nope.
Any 'sport' you can play missing half your limbs isn't really that tough a sport.


That is the stupidest argument I've ever heard.
 
2014-06-17 07:07:00 PM  
Pai Mei's work at play...

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2014-06-18 06:26:13 PM  

DerAppie: zepher: Slaxl: zepher: Good.
Anyone dumb enough to be that hard core a fan of kick ball deserves to be removed from the gene pool.

You can call it 'kick ball' in an attempt to be a snappy insultmeister all you like, but we both know that if kick ball caught on it wouldn't be long before you inscrutable Americans came along with a sport that involved no kicking of balls, and called it "American Kickball".

Nope.
Any 'sport' you can play missing half your limbs isn't really that tough a sport.

A sport isn't tough if you can play it with half your limbs missing? That doesn't leave a lot of tough sports, does it now?


Name another sport that you can play with no arms and only legs.
Football? Nope.
Baseball? Nope
Auto racing? Nope.
Tennis? Nope.

Only one I can think of is soccer.
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