Can you really explode from eating too much?

explosionIn Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, a man eats a massive feast, but one wafer-thin dinner mint puts him over the edge.  He explodes all over the restaurant.  With the obesity epidemic in our country, we have a great deal to worry about, but don’t expect to see people exploding at McDonald’s.  People won’t explode from overeating, but if you eat too many Big Mac’s you can rupture your stomach.
Stomach rupture, or gastrorrhexis, is a rare condition, although it has been reported to occur from eating too much.  In a 2003 issue of Legal Medicine, Japanese scientists Ishikawa et alia, reported the case of a forty-nine-year-old man who was found dead in a public restroom after his stomach exploded from eating too much.  There is no mention of what his last supper was, and therefore no reason to suspect Pop Rocks and Coke.

From: Why do Men Have Nipples? by: Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, M.D.


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