YouTube has brought the world many gems, but none greater than the trend of filming people at their most vulnerable - under the influence of laughing gas - and sharing all the funny stories with the rest of the internet.

Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is a sedative that calms the nerves, used commonly during dental procedures, like pulling teeth, and while the name suggests the patient will break out into fits of laughter, a lot of times the side-effects makes those around them laugh even harder. Someone on Reddit asked, "Anesthesiologists, what are the best things people have said under the gas?" and the answers may send you into fits of giggles without any local anesthesia. Scroll down below, and don't forget to upvote your favorite funny anesthesia stories!

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Vicky Zar
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2 years ago

OMG! This is my favorite!

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The laughing gas (nitrous oxide) we use today was developed through experimentation by British chemist and inventor Humphrey Davy in 1799. He was curious to see the effect the gas would have on people and what they might do, so he began with experiments on himself.

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KatJ
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2 years ago

This is hilarious

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Lotte
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2 years ago

I spit out my water reading this hahahahaha

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Humphrey and his assistant Dr. Kinglake, began by heating up crystals of ammonium nitrate, collect the released gas in a green oiled-silk bag, pass this through water vapor in order to remove any impurities, and inhale it through a mouthpiece. According to records the Public Domain Review, anesthesia side-effects recorded involved giddiness, flushed cheeks, intense pleasure and the “sublime emotion connected with highly vivid ideas.” 

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Lotte
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2 years ago

imagine the face of the nurse hahaha

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UniversalMel
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2 years ago

That would be a nice way to wake up everyday

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Eventually, the experiment conditions evolved in setting and frequency. Humphry would inhale larger amounts of the gas outside of his lab, “occupied only by an ideal existence”, and even consume it after drinking. The researcher continued to record the effects in detailed accounts but his addiction grew as well. He constructed an "air-tight breathing box" and would sit for hours at a time inhaling large amounts and almost died on several occasions. 

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Hans
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2 years ago

Scary!

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Kangaruby
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2 years ago

That's amazing1

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Early in the summer of 1799 the nitrous oxide trials began on other people. The two researchers began to give the gas to their circle of friends and had them report their experiences after. Future Poet Laureate, Robert Southey said of the experience: "O, Tom! Such a gas has Davy discovered, the gasoeus oxyd! O, Tom! I have had some; it made me laugh and tingle in every toe and finger-tip. Davy has actually invented a new pleasure for which language has no name. O, Tom! I am going for more this evening; it makes one strong and so happy, so gloriously happy! O, excellent air-bag!"

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Hans
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2 years ago

I would like to have that dream!

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devi L.
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2 years ago

"Staring out the window collecting blood in my mouth" lol

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While nitrous oxcide is safe when administered by health professionals some young people have begun a trend of inhaling it for festivals, nightclubs and concerts. Ian Hamilton, a drug researcher at York University, told MailOnline: "This significant rise in deaths due to nitrous oxide use needs urgent action, we need to educate young people about the dangers of using this drug. While the drug is relatively safe, the way it is used means people are at risk of asphyxiation. These reported deaths are most likely to have been accidental rather than deliberate, that gives us an opportunity to reverse this appalling trend."

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Kelly Murray
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2 years ago

LOL

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

So, for my thesis I work with human aortas that we get from the mortuary of the uni hospital, but in recent months the pathologist responsible has been very ill and unable to harvest the organs. I got the call that she was well in the tube, so I proceded to say, in a normal voice, 'well a few more days and I'd have taken an axe to the tube and get them myself, yay for dead donors.' The entire cart froze. It's why I don't go out much...

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Rowlie
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2 years ago

I hope it was worth the wait

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Muhammad Cisco Zulfikar
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2 years ago

Not the best way to start a wrestling career, but quite a hilarious one

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Kari Panda
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2 years ago

To be fair, that was an incredibly poor choice of words :(

Kaisu
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2 years ago

Yes, when I was that young and had surgery, they kept assuring me that I would see my mom soon etc

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Eva Muller
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2 years ago

Kinda happened to me too.. I needed a lump removed from my inner lip, when I was about 6-7years old, and hadn't been told that I was going to be put under. So when I got the mask on, I started crying hysterically, cause I thought "My parents don't love me and are having this man kill me!" I woke up to a mother screaming, cause her son had had his tonsils removed and the stitches had gone up and he was bleeding out of his mouth - right next to me! Aweful day!

Patricia Posito
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2 years ago

The hospital didn't give me a pre-surgery tranquilizer so, needless to say, I was extremely nervous on the operating table (and wide awake). They're trying to get the needle in my arm with no success (heard them muttering about a vein spasm), so they went to the vein in my hand. The last thing I heard was, "It looks like we tried to murder her".

Yas Min
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2 years ago

30 y/o me would think the same :O

HelloGoodbye
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2 years ago

Well you just told a 9 year old to say goodbye to her mum, of course she’s going to think that you want to kill her! Word it better next time!

Pamela24
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2 years ago

Poor child.

Kim Mahood
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2 years ago

Aw that cracked me up!

okpkpkp
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2 years ago

"say bye to your mommy", smh.

Jane Alexander
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2 years ago

This reminds me of the old funerals where they would sing "He is not dead but sleeping", put the box in the ground and pile dirt on it, -then when night came tell the kid to "Go to Bed, go to sleep".

Bumble Boozle
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2 years ago

no matter what age I am, if the doctor/dentist said that, I would start freaking out.

Nostalgic Hyena
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2 years ago

Someone in my class was once sharing the story of how he had surgery a little after he was born, and his dad said to his mother "Say goodbye to your baby boy!"

Elisabeth Bergbom
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2 years ago

Maybe not the best thing to say right after you've given someone drugs and have a knife dangling in front of a nine-year-old...

Patricia Posito
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2 years ago

I was having surgery and they forgot to give me the presurgery tranquilizer. Naturally, they had trouble getting the needle in my arm while I was on the operating table, so they went tried the vein in my hand. As I was finally going under, I heard "It looks like we tried to murder her".

Abbass Muhammad
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2 years ago

Only an evil clown face saying that could have made it worse.

Jaxx Roa
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3 weeks ago

Lol

InSaNe JaRvIs
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1 year ago

holy s**t that's f*****g halarious

Teri Donovan
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2 years ago

LOL, retired nurse. I took my son in for an ACL repair. He was a freshman in high school. At there last minute he asked me "what if I die in surgery?" My (not terribly considerate) response was "well, you will be asleep so you won't know it, now will you?" He ALMOST backed out of the surgery and is still scared of anesthesia (he's now almost 28 and has had one other major surgery since then).

Dawn Soehren
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2 years ago

Oh poor kiddo.

Sanjeev Sharma
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2 years ago

Lol

Sadie Jayne
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2 years ago

Oh poor kid!

Full Name
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2 years ago

Oh no! Poor little one.

Koni Royval
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2 years ago

Had my tonsils & adenoids out when I was almost 5. Was NOT at all frightened. Had been promised ALL the ice cream I wanted. I never worried one bit. My brother--was not happy at all. THAT I do recall.

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

There are some words and phrases that should be off limits for doctors and nurses to say in front of patients. I had a biopsy done a while ago and, while extracting the tissue sample, the doctor whispered something to the nurse that included the words "I can see it". I thought he was saying he could see cancer! I was too much in shock or I would've said something right then. I was a wreck until the labs came back. Luckily, there wasn't anything wrong. Turns out he was talking about something entirely unrelated to my procedure, but I think he and the nurse forgot for a moment that I was awake and my ears work just fine.

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Hard 2 Guess
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2 years ago

Insert "Ain't nobody got time fo dat!" meme.

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Benjamin Boysley
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2 years ago

Technically they are.

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

Permission to board, Captain Kirk.

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I HAD A GRAT TIM
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2 years ago

I had to go under this once too. I had a rock stuck in my upper left eye. I did the same thing. Surgery lasted 2 1/2 hrs and for me it was like ZAP. When I woke up everyone was staring at me like a lab experiment. Turns out I had a huge black eye and looked like a panda 🐼 😂

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Cristina Sacchi
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2 years ago

LMAO!!!!!

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Hard 2 Guess
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2 years ago

LOL that's just too funny.

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Shika Louis
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2 years ago

When you come in again - You:"Hi again" Surgeon : "Oh God, what name am I going to be stuck with now?"

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Alex K
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2 years ago

aw poor grandma

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

Omg I lost it at the Pinocchio penis.

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Kangaruby
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2 years ago

That's funny!

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Muhammad Cisco Zulfikar
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2 years ago

Wife: Am I a joke to you?

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logical fallacy
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2 years ago

The screaming kids are common when they come out of anesthesia. I used to volunteer at my country's main childhood cancer hospital and we would even tell the parents before the treatment started (usually small kids going for multiple sessions of radiation), so they wouldn't freak out if their kid started screaming for no reason when they woke up. We called it anesthesia rage.

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Mer
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2 years ago

Awww, that was so sweet!

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Charlotte Brine
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2 years ago

I'm afraid I'm tempted to call r/thathappened on this one... Thoughts from other people?

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Foxxy
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2 years ago (edited)

I know it is extremely rare for that to happen but that was my biggest fear when I had my first surgery.

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