Yup! You are preaching to the choir with me! But I sure hope they are ok! This seemed to be a real hot button issue here on PT a year or so ago. There are quite a few people who thought i was having olfactory hallucinations. BUT it IS there, and it DOES stink, AND IT CAN BE ENOUGH TO BE DANGEROUS!
Ammonia is in all paints, the higher the quality, the lower the amount of ammonia.
JIM MAC, I was just rereading your post and realized that you did not punctuate the end of it. Are you making a statement, asking a question or something else (for example: is this perhaps an excited utterance under the Federal Rules of Evidence?)?
If someone was painting a small room, like a bathroom, with no ventilation while drinking many beers simultaneously, they could conceivably pass out. But honestly the concentration in Behr is enough that even with ventilation there is enough ammonia in it to cause my nose to run pretty badly. And I could choke to death on it.I'm not buying this story. The concentration of amonia would have to be so high as to render the paint useless. And I'm basing this on my experience around industrial containers full of high concentrate ammonia. I once opened one up and got hit in the olfactory glands with a smack like someone cracked a football sized capsule of amyl nitrate.