I saw this story and did not immediately notice the link to superstition until it was pointed out to me by the tipster. What’s the Harm in superstition? It can lead to accidents. It appears to be the case here.
A 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel northwest of Portland, Oregon State Police said.
Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel near the community of Manning, according to a news release. His car, a 1990 Toyota Camry, drifted across the centerline and crashed head-on with a Ford Explorer.
State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said Monday he’s not sure why Calhon was holding his breath, but some people hold their breaths in tunnels as part of a game or superstition.
Calhon was cited for reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault.
It should have only taken 10 seconds to get through the tunnel. But if you hold your breath for a long while, you will go unconscious and, resume breathing. So you can’t hold your breath to death.
Why did he hold his breath? Well, I found out a few things. There is a superstition that if you hold your breath through a tunnel and make a wish, the wish will come true. Being practical, the first thing I thought of was the stagnant or bad air in a tunnel though most today are ventilated so this is not an issue. Some people also think that holding your breath helps if there is a change in air pressure so your ears do not hurt. That does not seem plausible. Obviously, the wish one is just silly nonsense. Some people also do it when crossing bridges.
Here is an interesting post by a person who truly fears what will happen if the superstition is broken. 36. Breathing in tunnels | THOUSAND THOUGHTS.
Does anyone else still hold their breath when they’re in a car going through a tunnel? I can’t seem to kick the habit, and no matter how long that tunnel is, I’ll turn blue before I dare exhale underground.
We need to lose these crazy supersitions. Yeah, normally they are no big deal and almost never lead to accidents but why be a slave to nonsense? I prefer not to go through life being silly.
Tip: Jeb Card