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    I just popped a melatonin tablet (to help me fall asleep) and I did this laying down. How does it make it to my stomach when there is no gravitational pull to bring it in that direction?

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    Esophogeal (sic?) muscles.

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    By peristaltic muscle contractions (a wave of muscle contractions down a tube). Really, your body uses both muscle contractions AND gravity. So you're making it harder. But the muscles can still do it alone.
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    them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” -Neil Gaiman

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    Muscles. The same ones, I suspect, that help you throw up when it is not supposed to go down.

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    Did you drink any liquids with it? Some pills can be dangerous to swallow dry. That being said, Patches description is correct, Wikipedia has a good article on peristalsis with a neat graphic.
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    Me and a friend once wondered how much longer it would take for a person to go to the bathroom when said person drinks all his beer while upside down. Thinking it was a good idea, we put it to practice, thinking we could drink much more before needing to go take a leak.

    The result however was far from what we had expected.
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