Re: Breathers (was Microchatter chit chat)

From:"J. A. Kiernan"

Bryan Hewlett wrote:
> It would be intriguing to pole the 'netters', in order to find the ratio of
> 'Breathers' vs 'Non-Breathers', how about it folks?
> It would also be intriguing to find out why the 'Breathers' think it works?
> ... '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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