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1st Jul '17 4:29:44 PM nombretomado
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Often in TV, a character who is panicking will be shown inhaling and exhaling into a paper bag to calm down. In milder examples, it can be used to cure hiccups. Actually TruthInTelevision, as breathing into a paper bag is a good way to reduce the symptoms of hyperventilation[[note]]Hyperventilating causes you to lose carbon dioxide too quickly, causing dizziness and fainting. The bag helps you retain it.[[/note]], according to TheOtherWiki. However, one should [[TooDumbToLive never use a plastic bag]] for this, because suffocation ''will'' ensue.[[note]]Being porous and not as likely to cling around the mouth, a paper bag allows some oxygen to come in, which a plastic bag cannot do.[[/note]] While there are other ways to cure hyperventilation, the paper bag is the most iconic, providing an easy visual shorthand (and comical prop) for viewers.

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Often in TV, a character who is panicking will be shown inhaling and exhaling into a paper bag to calm down. In milder examples, it can be used to cure hiccups. Actually TruthInTelevision, as breathing into a paper bag is a good way to reduce the symptoms of hyperventilation[[note]]Hyperventilating causes you to lose carbon dioxide too quickly, causing dizziness and fainting. The bag helps you retain it.[[/note]], according to TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki. However, one should [[TooDumbToLive never use a plastic bag]] for this, because suffocation ''will'' ensue.[[note]]Being porous and not as likely to cling around the mouth, a paper bag allows some oxygen to come in, which a plastic bag cannot do.[[/note]] While there are other ways to cure hyperventilation, the paper bag is the most iconic, providing an easy visual shorthand (and comical prop) for viewers.
1st Jul '17 2:12:59 PM DeckardCanine
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* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', Zelda uses this before interviewing her semi-celebrity crush, Nip.
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22nd Jun '17 8:00:19 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Discord also does it in "Discordant Harmony" when he starts to panic about what kind of tea party Fluttershy might like. Being [[RealityWarper Discord]], ''he'' inflates and deflates as he uses it rather than the bag.
13th May '17 9:37:56 PM Monolaf317
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* Rachel is show breathing into a paper bag during the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' pilot.
** And later Janice does this when Chandler reveals he saw her kissing her (supposedly soon-to-be) ex-husband. She also gags on the receipt from the large box of condoms Chandler had just purchased that was in the bag, just to be more ironic.

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* Rachel is show breathing into a paper bag during the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' pilot.
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pilot. And later Janice does this when Chandler reveals he saw her kissing her (supposedly soon-to-be) ex-husband. She also gags on the receipt from the large box of condoms Chandler had just purchased that was in the bag, just to be more ironic.
1st Apr '17 9:56:26 AM nombretomado
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* RJ in ''Film/OverTheHedge'' did this once.

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* RJ in ''Film/OverTheHedge'' ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' did this once.
31st Jan '17 11:18:17 AM longWriter
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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'': Alvin uses a paper bag (and is told to do so by Heathcliff) while he's hyperventilating while Sandra is giving birth.
23rd Dec '16 10:18:07 AM SuperSonicHeroes
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/298317/it-sounds-better-than-pity-date It Sounds Better Than "Pity Date"]]'' Flash Sentry hands Sci-Twi a paper bag for her to breath into after Sci-Twi panics, realizing [[spoiler:she got carried away with the "simulation date" she and Flash were on and actually tried to kiss him, knowing he likes Princess Twilight.]] Flash claims he brought the bag [[CrazyPrepared because "you never know what you might need."]]

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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/298317/it-sounds-better-than-pity-date ''[[Fanfic/HarmonyAndValor It Sounds Better Than "Pity Date"]]'' Flash Sentry hands Sci-Twi a paper bag for her to breath into after Sci-Twi panics, realizing [[spoiler:she got carried away with the "simulation date" she and Flash were on and actually tried to kiss him, knowing he likes Princess Twilight.]] Flash claims he brought the bag [[CrazyPrepared because "you never know what you might need."]]
21st Sep '16 2:53:23 PM SuperSonicHeroes
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/298317/it-sounds-better-than-pity-date It Sounds Better Than "Pity Date"]]'' Flash Sentry hands Sci-Twi a paper bag for her to breath into after Sci-Twi panics, realizing [[spoiler:she got carried away with the "simulation date" she and Flash were on and actually tried to kiss him, knowing he likes Princess Twilight.]] Flash claims he brought the bag [[CrazyPrepared because "you never know what you might need."]]
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* One episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has Sheldon breathing into a paper bag when he tells Leonard that his WorldOfWarcraft account had ben hacked.
8th Aug '16 9:33:23 PM DirefulAnt
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*Lampooned in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire": Cleveland Brown begins to hyperventilate as he vows to kill Glenn Quagmire for sleeping with his wife. Peter grabs a plastic bag instead of a paper one, placing it over Cleveland's head and causing the latter to lose breath and pass out.
18th Jun '16 12:42:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* On ''TheSimpsons'', in the episode "Lisa's Rival", when Lisa does this after meeting a girl who appears to be smarter than she is.
* Seen in ''RocketPower''.
* Carver does this once in ''TheWeekenders''.

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* On ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in the episode "Lisa's Rival", when Lisa does this after meeting a girl who appears to be smarter than she is.
* Seen in ''RocketPower''.
''WesternAnimation/RocketPower''.
* Carver does this once in ''TheWeekenders''.''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''.



* Done one time in ''TheMightyB''.

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* Done one time in ''TheMightyB''.''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''.
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