Here’s a curious thing. Scylla, at the Straight Dope message board, decided to try waterboarding himself to see what the fuss is all about. For those who don’t know, waterboarding is an interrogation technique used by American intelligence on detainees. It simulates the sensation of drowning without actually drowning you, triggering the Fuck I’m Gonna Die reflex.
Read Scylla’s report here. (Note: For some reason, today – 14 May 2014 – Google Safebrowsing has pinged the Straight Dope message boards as a potential hazard. Click at your own risk.)