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Snopes.com gives a discussion of possible issues with the original experiment. Evaporation or bowel movements for instance. I think the biggest complaint about the experiment is that it has not been reproducible and that the original experiment was flawed. MacDougall only took six measurements and he threw two of them out in his original work. The ...
About 52 to 74 days according to hunger strike wiki page. This wiki page bases its data on 8 persons who died due to hunger strike: Days survived by each person: 66, 59, 61, 61, 61, 46, 71, 73, 62, 60.
This would vary a LOT depending on the amount of stored fat, previous diet, the weather and even the water drunk. Weeks though there is a good chance that a loss of electrolytes can cause health problems. (that's why I mention the water you drink, because many bottled water brands and wells have a bit of salt in them.) Its hard to say from anecdotal ...
Less then a minute breathing in the atmosphere (and a very painful death). Mars' atmosphere is >95% CO2 with only trivial O2. These are atmospheric conditions similar to those used to euthanize laboratory animals. He probably wouldn't even make it 200 meters before suffocating.
Coming up with the exact number is likely to be very difficult but i would put it in the range of 1-2 minutes to impossible. Let's ignore the lack of oxygen and assume you could hold your breath long enough to reach the safe haven. The extreme cold would easily drop your core temperature to the realm of severe hypothermia within minutes. If that doesn't ...
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