Michael Phelps Can Get Real Stoned
Hat tip to Eben, who clued me in to this Slate Explainer article:
…fans are wondering whether Phelps’ abnormally large lung capacity means he can take monster bong rips. Can he?
He can. Total lung capacity refers to the volume of air contained in the lungs at the point of “maximal” inspiration—i.e., the biggest breath you can take. It’s measured in liters. The greater a smoker’s total lung capacity, the more he can inhale from a given joint, bowl, or bong. According to some estimates, Phelps’ lung capacity is twice that of the average human, or 12 liters rather than six. So if he puts his mind to it, he can take a hit that’s twice as big as that of the next partygoer.