Holding the breath for 17 minutes, "How is that possible?", you may ask. It seems that nothing is impossible for him, David Blaine, the magic man.
On April 30, 2008, David Blaine broke the world record by holding his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds - it's more like a temporary apnea - and it's thought to be beyond human limit but he did it. "The body can be trained," said his chest physician. With the medical knowledge that I have, I still think that hypoxic brain injury occurs after 6 minutes of oxygen deprivation, and maximum maybe up to 10 min but definitely not more than that. But David Blaine has proven it wrong, and appeared in the TED talks sharing with audiences how he did it.
After listening to his explanation and the "training" that he has undergone, I have to say this is truly amazing and human's strong will can make almost everything possible. Good job to David Blaine - Think he has just shared another wonderful piece of inspiration!