September 19, 2005
Fanning yourself is stupid.
Today's person who really annoys me: People who fan themselves with pieces of paper when it is extremely hot. Hey, great idea! I'm really hot, so why don't I perform a repetitive physical activity that will send 8-10 molecules of air moving across my face. The cooling effect can't possibly be more than the heating affect of moving around that much. How about this idea: instead of just getting air on your face, why don't you run at full speed for half an hour. Think of all the air that will be blowing across your whole body!
Posted by mill1991 at September 19, 2005 10:14 PM
Not so fast, you unflappable bastard! Get the Straight Dope.
Haha I've thought about this before too. And it's usually some fat woman or some tiny little soccer mom who does it. Sometimes I think it's just an excuse for them to look over at the person next to them and say "wheewww, oh boy it's hot".
I fan myself under certain circumstances and damnit IT FEELS GOOD. So what's wrong with it then? :P
As Nathan pointed out it could effectively cool you down as well, but that's not why I do it. I do it because the air movement feels good, hotter or colder is not the point.
Dead air is the suck.