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Determined kid learns about brain freeze in Icee drinking contest at minor-league game

Kid gets massive brain freeze during Icee-drinking contest at Memphis Redbirds game

A kid gets a massive brain freeze from competing in an Icee-slurping contest at a Memphis Redbirds game.
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A kid gets a massive brain freeze from competing in an Icee-slurping contest at a Memphis Redbirds game.

We’ve all been there. The ice cream or shake or ice coffee you’re enjoying is so tasty that you overdo it and pay a big price.

We’re struck by sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia — although it’s common name is brain freeze or an ice-cream headache.

Science Daily explains that it this way: “When you slurp a really cold drink or eat ice cream too fast you are rapidly changing the temperature in the back of the throat at the juncture of the internal carotid artery, which feeds blood to the brain, and the anterior cerebral artery, which is where brain tissue starts.”

This boy at a Memphis Cardinals game on Saturday wasn’t going to lose this Icee drinking contest and the result was sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. It’s pretty funny.

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