RE: Breathers (was Microchatter chit chat)

From:"Ryan, Genoula K Ms USAMH"

Non-breather!  I also dip my thumb in the warm waterbath, rub the face of
the block and then place on ice and cut.  I am a breather in the cryostat
for MOHS specimens though.  So I am a Bi-Breather!! :-)
Genie K. Ryan,
Histology Supervisor
DSN: 371-2653
Civilian:  +49-622-117-2653

-----Original Message-----
From: J. A. Kiernan []
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 6:12 AM
To: Bryan Hewlett
Cc: Jeff Silverman;
Subject: Re: Breathers (was Microchatter chit chat)

Bryan Hewlett wrote:
> It would be intriguing to pole the 'netters', in order to find the ratio
> 'Breathers' vs 'Non-Breathers', how about it folks?
> It would also be intriguing to find out why the 'Breathers' think it
> ... 'Huffing', that arcane, gentle, open mouthed art that Jeff describes.

Dear Bryan,   I'm a breather. 

Gentle low-velocity oral exhalation helps a lot when static 
electricity renders ribbons unduly unruly. As to why? How 
about the same reason that static generally is reduced by 

The dry/damp stuff is probably explained in physics books 
for schoolchildren, but I stopped reading them more than 40 
years ago, and can't remember why water vapour discharges
John A. Kiernan
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
The University of Western Ontario
London,   Canada   N6A 5C1

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