There are numerous reasons why you could never get a job as a tech support, as my answer to most queries would be, “Did you blew it? Maybe you should blow it. Any? OK hold on. Try to hit him.”
We all remember doing this hundreds of times as kids. The Nintendo or Sega (inclusive) game kicks in, and as if you were Sir Isaac Newton developing the theory of universal gravitation after witnessing an apple fall, you grab the cartridge, blow it out with your Capri Sun breath, and reboot. the game now works. haha!
This is clearly great scientific work in action. The cartridge probably has dust and dog hair on it because it’s sitting on a stack of textbooks about a foot off the ground, and his Superman breath quickly removed all the debris that was preventing the connectors on the cartridge and the console slot from connecting. they hug each other. .
It works, right?
Since then, many have received the note that blowing was probably not the solution. It’s not the act of blowing that magically made the game work, but removing the cartridge and reinserting it. Connectors wear out over time and reinserting the game gave it another chance to work. This is how I get my car to start when it’s stalling: I leave the car and sit back inside.
Unless the inside of his cartridge was covered with dry leaves or battered because he accidentally grabbed it while making fried chicken, it’s probably not the puff that brought Mario back to life. And the moisture from your breath could even damage the game over time.
Have there been any ironclad scientific studies disproving the whole blowing effect? Not really. You would have to do an experiment where you would blow 10 cartridges and then reinsert another 10 without blowing, and by the time you were done, your girlfriend would be gone.
But it is natural that we would think this because the placebo effect made us feel that we were helping. We have all sorts of powers in video games that we don’t have in the real world, so maybe we’ll enjoy that this advanced video game still needs the old gentle human touch to help it work.
Plus, we’re used to blowing out things that work, like birthday candles, cooling hot food, and blowing on a gun to look badass after winning a showdown at the OK Corral.
In fact, many things are dusty and become less after we blow on them. Indiana Jones regularly dusts, sands, and cobwebs off things when he saves the world, it’s only natural that we do the same when trying to save the world in a video game.
When any device in my life starts to fail, exhaling a little air is often my initial gut reaction. I’ve blew up wireless routers when Wi-Fi isn’t working, my laptop keyboard when the computer stops, and I once blew up a giant stuck drill I was using to deposit a nuclear bomb inside a meteor hurtling toward earth. True story.
Blowing on electronics may not be the cure-all we want it to be, but it’s a fun way to feel that basic human ingenuity has a role to play in a rapidly advancing technological world. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear that an astronaut tried this on the International Space Station and saw floating dust cause even more problems in zero gravity.