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Teenager has stomach removed to save her life after drinking lethal liquid nitrogen cocktail
Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 17:54 EST, 7 October 2012 | Jill Reilly

Posted on 10/07/2012 5:39:32 PM PDT by Olog-hai

An 18-year-old woman has had her stomach removed to save her life after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen.

Gabby Scanlan had been drinking at Oscars wine bar in Lancaster to celebrate her 18th birthday when she was left feeling breathless. After developing serious stomach pain, she was rushed to Lancaster Royal Infirmary where she diagnosed with a perforated stomach. The young woman, from the village of Heysham in Lancashire, then underwent emergency surgery to remove her stomach, reported ITV News. …

Liquid nitrogen is pure nitrogen in a liquid state at a very low temperature. It boils at –196°C (–320.8°F), and can cause rapid freezing when it comes into contact with living tissue. …

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KEYWORDS: beverages; cocktails; liquidnitrogen; mixology; nitrogen
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1 posted on 10/07/2012 5:39:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Yeah .. like ... the lips and tongue before it even enters the esophagus


2 posted on 10/07/2012 5:43:51 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Olog-hai

She didn’t notice that what she was drinking was at more than 300 degrees below zero and exploded in her mouth as soon as it hit her tongue?


3 posted on 10/07/2012 5:43:58 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Olog-hai

The “pornstar martini”.

Wow when I went out drinking @ 18, all we had was cheap beer....


4 posted on 10/07/2012 5:44:17 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Olog-hai

stupid people....they think that LN2 is just so nifty and does so many wonderful things....like freezer your innards...

Would she have been so willing if alcohol weren’t involved?? Yeah thought not.

Some stupid is just self induced


5 posted on 10/07/2012 5:45:25 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Olog-hai
Let me think...
What does this remind me of?

Oh yeah. Teenagers often do stupid things

Teenager and ignorant?
A double whammy.

6 posted on 10/07/2012 5:48:31 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Steely Tom
She didn’t notice that what she was drinking was at more than 300 degrees below zero and exploded in her mouth as soon as it hit her tongue?

What kind of bar would even serve a drink like this?

7 posted on 10/07/2012 5:48:55 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: nascarnation
The “pornstar martini”.

I guess she was supposed to spit instead of swallow (ducking for cover).

On an unrelated note, how does her digestive system work without her stomach? Is she going to have to be tube-fed indefinitely?
8 posted on 10/07/2012 5:49:00 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: verum ago

Enzymes ~ lots of folks walking around these days without a stomach.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 5:52:22 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Olog-hai

It would never make it to her stomach.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 5:54:41 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Olog-hai

11 posted on 10/07/2012 5:55:52 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Olog-hai

I am sort of dumbfounded....why would a bar serve a drink with liquid nitrogen in it... Even a small amount....

That stuff is extremely dangerous...

That is beyond stupi..... Falls into criminal ....


12 posted on 10/07/2012 5:58:43 PM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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To: SamAdams76
I did a lot of very risky things in the lab after everyone left, some involving liquified gasses, big lasers, big thyratron-switched power supplies, big low-inductance capacitor banks, huge electromagnets, acetylene torches, muffle furnaces, abrasive cut-off wheels, 50K rpm centrifuges, anechoic chambers, molten metal, molten salt baths, induction heaters... came through it fine, and no one found out. On one or two occasions, a wee bit of spectroscopic-grade C2H5OH was involved as well.

I never, in my wildest moment of off-the-wallness, ever for one second contemplated putting liquid nitrogen in my mouth. I had it soaked up to the calves of my jeans once though, although that situation didn't last very long.

13 posted on 10/07/2012 5:58:59 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Olog-hai
I would dare her to do it again. But she doesn’t have the guts.
14 posted on 10/07/2012 6:02:20 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Olog-hai

I guess the girl never watched “Terminator” where the cyborg takes a liquid nitrogen bath....


15 posted on 10/07/2012 6:03:04 PM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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To: Steely Tom

You obviously understand the danger of ingesting liquid nitrogen but evidently not this 18-year-old girl. Still, I question why the bar she was in would even serve up this kind of drink? Why didn’t other patrons of this bar have a similar experience? I have a feeling that there is more to this story that we haven’t been told.


16 posted on 10/07/2012 6:03:30 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Olog-hai

This is the girlie version of “hold muh beer!”


17 posted on 10/07/2012 6:04:49 PM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: martin_fierro

Sorry to hear what happened to her. Sounds like something Mr. Freeze would drink.


18 posted on 10/07/2012 6:06:32 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SamAdams76; Popman
"That is beyond stupi..... Falls into criminal ...."

"What kind of bar would even serve a drink like this?"


In most States in the US (I can't say for sure "all" States) it is illegal to even use dry ice (frozen CO2) in cocktails. The dangers of dry ice are mild compared to liquid nitrogen. It may never have occurred to anyone to make nitrogen illegal thinking that its use in something for consumption would be too far fetched.

But obviously the limits of human stupidity have been stretched once again.
19 posted on 10/07/2012 6:10:27 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Steely Tom

I agree - I spend many years in the lab as a research polymer chemist. We used LN2 as a coolant for certain reactions and as a cold trap for certain distillates (with acetone). I got a minor amount of frost bite on my right foot (still bugs me during the winter) when I didn’t use proper footwear when transferring from a larger container to a smaller...NEVER would I ever consider imbibing LN2 - freshman year physics class, our professor introduced us to LN2, he poured some into an insulated container, dipped in a rose, the LN2 boiled and bubbled over, he took out the rose and smashed in on the lab bench - it shattered...very impressive...


20 posted on 10/07/2012 6:11:56 PM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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To: Olog-hai

“Bartender, gimme something cold to drink.”


21 posted on 10/07/2012 6:14:20 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Popman

My chemistry professor in college dipped a rose into a thermos of LN and them smacked it on the table. It shattered into a million pieces.


22 posted on 10/07/2012 6:15:08 PM PDT by albionin
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To: Olog-hai

didnt read the article but maybe it was more like a pice of dry ice in a “specialty drink” and she swallowed the dry ice,maybe.
Cause she would have been in intense pain just as LN hit her lips.


23 posted on 10/07/2012 6:16:06 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: publius911
Some people seem to be blaming the teenage girl for this incident, but again, why would a bar serve a drink like this?

When I walk into a bar and order a drink, I assume that the bartender will hand me something that is fit for human consumption - with the possible exception of certain bars in Thailand.

24 posted on 10/07/2012 6:16:23 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: publius911
"Oh yeah. Teenagers often do stupid things"

-Like listen to idiot college indoctrinators who tell them to vote for Obama

25 posted on 10/07/2012 6:17:07 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: shibumi

——The dangers of dry ice are mild compared to liquid nitrogen——

Yup.... Where I work we use dry ice to ship temperature sensitive items....

And the OSHA safety regs are followed to the letter....

Yes, the limit on human stupidity does seem endless...


26 posted on 10/07/2012 6:17:39 PM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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To: Olog-hai

Darwin lives!


27 posted on 10/07/2012 6:18:56 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Hardraade

She ain’t dead yet.


28 posted on 10/07/2012 6:20:06 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SamAdams76
Last month the bar posted a picture on its Facebook page of a cocktail which contained liquid nitrogen called the Pornstar Martini.
Sold for £8.95 with a shot of champagne, the bar called it ‘amazing’.

29 posted on 10/07/2012 6:21:40 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: SamAdams76

100% agree with this.

Maybe it’s just as an American, but when I order a drink I presume it is drinkable.


30 posted on 10/07/2012 6:22:13 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Steely Tom

You had all those resources, and you didn’t even make a small nuke??


31 posted on 10/07/2012 6:22:19 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Hardraade
You had all those resources, and you didn’t even make a small nuke??

I only listed the non-classified situations.

32 posted on 10/07/2012 6:24:30 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Olog-hai

But she’s making a heck of an attempt.

ot to mention that all her eggs may be more than slightly frosted.


33 posted on 10/07/2012 6:24:50 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: expat1000
Sold for £8.95 with a shot of champagne, the bar called it ‘amazing’.

Well that £8.95 cocktail will probably end up costing the bar millions and the lawyers involved will consider that cocktail amazing as well.

34 posted on 10/07/2012 6:26:49 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: martin_fierro

Maybe she thought it would raise her eyebrows better than botox?


35 posted on 10/07/2012 6:28:09 PM PDT by Democrat_media (China is destroying all our jobs and manufacturing ability. China makes everything.)
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To: SamAdams76

£8.95 = $14.44 at time of writing. If prison time doesn’t ensue for bar owners on top of whatever punitive damages it’ll cost the bar in terms of money, then things have really gone wrong over there.


36 posted on 10/07/2012 6:33:19 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
I used to use liquid N2 in the lab for flash-freezing microbial suspensions, and sometimes other things like protein extracts which were very unstable at room temperature. I would freeze the tubes containing my samples by dipping them in the liquid N2 until the boiling would stop. (Liquid N2 boils at a very low temperature.) Even though I didn't touch the liquid, the tips of my latex gloves would freeze and get quite stiff. Sometimes the liquid N2 would spill on the floor, which was kind of cool, since before it evaporates, it rolls around and picks up dust.

It's fun to play with, but I can't imagine ever drinking the stuff. Even regular ice is too cold for me to ingest.

37 posted on 10/07/2012 6:37:58 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Olog-hai

The bar actually served this drink? Truly criminal. And if they’re advertising it, why didn’t an adult speak up?


38 posted on 10/07/2012 6:42:56 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: IMTOFT

Yeah, my father was a physicist, took us to his lab once, froze a piece of rubber tubing in the liquid nitrogen and smashed it - it’s just insane to use it in bar drinks.

I HAVE put dry ice in drinks - a little chip to chill and carbonate it but I didn’t put the dry ice in my mouth and there is a difference of 120 deg C after all...


39 posted on 10/07/2012 6:43:16 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Olog-hai

I did a fair number of dumb things at the age of 18 but I didn’t even know anyone this dumb. I knew an old drunk that drank brake fluid once but he had 60 years to pickle his brain. Good luck to her.


40 posted on 10/07/2012 6:44:06 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Olog-hai

is it even possible to do this?

i would think the rapidly heating gas would expand so much as to make it impossible to swallow

I dont think the muscles that force food down the esophagus would work once frozen SOLID


41 posted on 10/07/2012 7:02:16 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: IMTOFT
Froze rose.

42 posted on 10/07/2012 7:02:43 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: heartwood

I HAVE put dry ice in drinks - a little chip to chill and carbonate it but I didn’t put the dry ice in my mouth and there is a difference of 120 deg C after all...
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I sometimes use dry ice to revive a flat 2 liter bottle ... but it stinks for cooling a regular drink ,, for some reason it just doesn’t transfer the cold very well.. simple crushed wet ice is best.. I was at a trade show where they were selling a setup for making ice cream using LN2 ... but that was pretty safe ,, fogger type spray into the mixing bowl ... YUMMY!


43 posted on 10/07/2012 7:10:05 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Steely Tom
She didn’t notice that what she was drinking was at more than 300 degrees below zero and exploded in her mouth as soon as it hit her tongue?

About the most risque I get when it comes to hyper-cold drinks are Slurpees. And I've had enought (2 or 3) experiences with those where I drink to fast and it feels like my esophagus is consricting to the point of me going into a heart attack that I KNOW to take it easy with them.
44 posted on 10/07/2012 7:17:35 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Steely Tom

Oh, I have been known to put liquid nitrogen in my mouth and blow vapor rings. I never thought to swallow it though.

I put it in my hands then toss it on coworkers when they aren’t looking. They cant figure out why their back just got extremely cold. :) These are all very small amounts because once you get over about a single cc then its gets to be too much at once. Much like salt in a recipe. A little bit does the trick, but too much ruins the recipe.


45 posted on 10/07/2012 7:47:30 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Romney is a cresent wrench when you need a hammer. Sure it might work, but do you want to chance it?)
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To: SamAdams76

There is probably a certain amount of time you are supposed to wait before you drink the drink. The nitrogen is most likely meant to chill the drink into a slush and if you take it in before its done then you freeze your stomach. Or it might have been a numbers game where you ingest 2 or 3 of these drinks and you are OK, but 6 causes damage.


46 posted on 10/07/2012 7:50:57 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Romney is a cresent wrench when you need a hammer. Sure it might work, but do you want to chance it?)
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To: t1b8zs

The body temperature is so far above liquid nitrogen’s boiling point that it will actually create a insulating shield for a small amount of time.

I put my hands in it as a trick at work all the time. I even put it in my mouth and blow vapor rings.

Yes its dangerous, and maybe I like to flirt with danger. :)


47 posted on 10/07/2012 7:56:12 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Romney is a cresent wrench when you need a hammer. Sure it might work, but do you want to chance it?)
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My buddy was a PhD chemist at Penn State, and he would take me into the lab after the bars closed. He would work on some reaction, and I would come up with as many fun things to do with liquid nitrogen as I could. One time I filled one of the sinks with liquid nitrogen and (very carefully) peed into it...the vapor cloud was a sight to behold. The next morning people were trying to figure out what the giant yellow ice cube in the sink was.


48 posted on 10/07/2012 7:57:38 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Mr. K

I don’t think it could have been one drink. I think a series of lets say 8-10 drinks were the culprit. You can probably drink one drink that is -60f but not 6 in a row. Something like that.

I don’t know what the temperature of the drink was but I agree that I don’t think you could reliably drink liquid nitrogen. If it managed to get to your esophagus I think you would either rupture something internally or be belching because of the expanding gas.


49 posted on 10/07/2012 8:02:42 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Romney is a cresent wrench when you need a hammer. Sure it might work, but do you want to chance it?)
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To: Popman
Molecular Mixology home kits provide supplies which can hand off a martini that's chilled and dry, but glows in the dark. Perhaps someone substituted an ingredient, thinking it was 'cool'.
50 posted on 10/07/2012 8:04:18 PM PDT by wtd
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