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Nitrogen Bar

A relaxing environment to meet with friends and breath pure nitrogen
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Just like Oxygen Bars which are popular in some cities, Nitrogen Bars would be the same relaxing places where the trendy go and hook up breathing tubes fed with pure nitrogen. These would be places to go for about 15 minutes, after the user has already been to an Oxygen Bar for 35 minutes, so that they would even out the air in their system.
Huge, Dec 10 2002

Oxygen Bars: Is a Breath of Fresh Air Worth It? http://www.fda.gov/...s/2002/602_air.html
[Huge, Oct 21 2004]

The Helium Bar http://www.churchof...urces/howtodie.html
Is a nightmare at chucking-out time... [my face your, Oct 21 2004]

for bungston http://www.howstuffworks.com/scuba3.htm
Nitrogen narcosis and the bends. [st3f, Oct 21 2004]


       Risk of losing consciousness and/or suffocating for no benefit, as far as I can see.
st3f, Dec 10 2002

       Darwin Device. Allows stupid, trendy people to self-extinguish quickly, cleanly and without fuss. Important social service. Croissant.
8th of 7, Dec 10 2002

       seeing as how fruit are preserved in pure nitrogen atmospheres for periods of up to a year, maybe this could be marketed as a longevity treatment:   

       "if it's good enough for a fruit, it's good enough for you!"
mihali, Dec 10 2002

       Hmmm... how about a Helium bar? Funny voices are always a plus.
Pharaoh Mobius, Dec 10 2002

       Oxygen Bars? People really pay money for such things? I guess P.T. Barnum was right.
half, Dec 10 2002

       Sheesh. Just take a walk outside if you want to score some nitrogen.
DrCurry, Dec 10 2002

       Helium is the Church of Euthanasia's recommended method of offing yourself, Pharaoh.
my face your, Dec 10 2002

       I like the idea of nitrogen narcosis as a trippy altered consciousness state. The problem is the requirement for a decompression chamber to avoid the bends afterwards. Although maybe 18 hours in a nice quiet chamber would be better than 18 hours of brutal hangover.   

       This could be an optional adjunct at the super ritzy bottom of the sea casino.
bungston, Dec 10 2002

       bungston: the bends would only occur if the nitrogen bar itself was pressurised to more than a couple of atmospheres. I'm not sure about nitrogen narcosis but think that this, too, would only occur at significantly higher than atmospheric pressure... (checks) yep, only at high pressures. [link] (or were you inferring that this bar would be found only at the bottom of the sea)
st3f, Dec 11 2002

       This is why it would not be at every old casio, but only at the super ritzy bottom of the sea casino.   

       Although I suppose a superduper ritzy surface casino could acquire a hyperbaric chamber and duplicate the effect.
bungston, Dec 13 2002


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