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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 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.

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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 [[HiccupHijinks to cure hiccups.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 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.

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* One of the soldiers in ''Film/{{Windtalkers}}''
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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.

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* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'': Alvin Elvin uses a paper bag (and is told to do so by Heathcliff) while he's hyperventilating while Sandra is giving birth.

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** Twilight Sparkle does it in "The Beginning of the End" several times when she learns that Princess Celestia and Luna are [[AbdicateTheThrone abdicating their rule to her and her friends]].

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* Sydney of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' uses this when her mouth gets her into trouble and when she learns that everything she thought she knew is wrong.


* One episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has Sheldon breathing into a paper bag when he tells Leonard that his WorldOfWarcraft account had ben hacked.

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* One episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has Sheldon breathing into a paper bag when he tells Leonard that his WorldOfWarcraft ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' account had ben hacked.


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* Runt of the Litter from ''Disney/ChickenLittle''. He hyperventilates so hard he accidentally swallows the bag, then is seen breathing on two bags at once.
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' when [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Ginormica]] first sees the giant robot they have to fight.
-->'''Ginormica:''' I can't fight that thing! I've never... I'm hyperventilating! Does anybody have a giant paper bag?
* RJ in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' did this once.
* Alex does this once in ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted''.
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* Runt of the Litter from ''Disney/ChickenLittle''. He hyperventilates so hard he accidentally swallows the bag, then is seen breathing on two bags at once.
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' when [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Ginormica]] first sees the giant robot they have to fight.
-->'''Ginormica:''' I can't fight that thing! I've never... I'm hyperventilating! Does anybody have a giant paper bag?
* RJ in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' did this once.
* Alex does this once in ''Film/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted''.
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Compare CatharticExhalation.


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.

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* In ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'', Zelda uses this before interviewing her semi-celebrity crush, Nip.
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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.





* 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.


* RJ in ''Film/OverTheHedge'' did this once.

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* RJ in ''Film/OverTheHedge'' ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' did this once.

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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.


* 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."]]

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