Stephen Fry on Blowing Smoke Up One’s Ass

I’ve always heard the expression “Don’t let me blow smoke up your ass” and never really knew where it came from. Do you?

Through hard research (Google) I found out it was actually a medical procedure used in the eighteenth century where, literally, smoke + tobacco was blown up a drowning victim’s bum to resuscitate them! Makes perfect sense, right?

Below, Stephen Fry and friends go into detail about the small bellows used to “revive” a drowned person.

Via Dangerous Minds

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on February 7, 2012.

2 Responses to “Stephen Fry on Blowing Smoke Up One’s Ass”

  1. I saw this episode of QI on Youtube, and that had to be one of the most strangest of the many strange things I’ve heard on that show. Huge fan of Fry, as we all should be.

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