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Dashing Swiss Officers

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Chris Kemp, Dec 18, 2008.

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  1. Chris Kemp

    Chris Kemp Member

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    Dear Forum,

    Having lurked on the forum for some time now, the "Favourite Quotes" thread has finally brought me out of hiding.

    I am currently a final year student at The University of Northampton, having come somewhat late to podiatry via engineering and boot fitting. If I had known that podiatry would be this much fun the transition would have been made years ago. But on to the original quote:

    "Catto "now I now (sic) these look just like a pair of flat rubber insoles but they are scientifically designed by reasearch (sic) so that they give just the right amount of proprioceptiuon (sic) for the patient""​

    This made me smile - even after twenty-odd years of listening to sales reps pitching new wonder products it still never fails to amuse. :deadhorse:

    To Craig Payne's worthy example I would add the reflexology sock sample that left indents in my feet for hours after taking them off :O), or perhaps the "Outlast TM" gloves with liquid paraffin capsules to soak up heat when you are sweating and release it when you chill down. Exactly how much energy is captured and released by the latent heat of a gram of paraffin as it undergoes a phase change? The Rep didn't know and this source claims "1000%".*


    So before everyone's patience is exhausted, my favourite quote is:

    “Certain phrases stick in the throat, even if they offer nothing that is analytically improbable. 'A dashing Swiss officer' is one such”**
    John Russell
    Kind regards and Season's greetings,

    Chris Kemp

    *Half Answer - about twice the "energy density" of water- it works well enough over the narrow temperature range that the body works with, if you have enough wax (water inconveniently has phase changes at 0 and 100 celcius). So how much is in the lining of a glove?

    http://www.cibse.org/pdfs/Latent heat storage.pdf

    As in Jurassic Park, the manufacturer skips over the part that explains how the DNA becomes a dinosaur. A maximum of 20% of the weight of the lining perhaps is the weight of glycol.

    Perhaps the most balanced view comes from this paper:


    But my experience was that when Outlast was put into a good quality ski glove, I found it hard to tell blind which glove had the paraffin in.

    **With due apologies to any Swiss podiatrists on the forum.
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  2. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member



    Although before I twitter on may I advise you (although thank you muchly for introducing yourself so well) that your post (or part of) belongs in the http://www.podiatry-arena.com/podiatry-forum/showthread.php?t=22372 area so all our members have a chance to view your response. :D

    That is of course unless the lovely Mr. Admin moves it 1st. :drinks

    Many thanks for joining.


    PS. I will have no mention of the National Swiss Guard as being anything less than a wonderful group of professionals protecting their realm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Guard

  3. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Well done:drinks A year of luring and yopu should know your way around:D
    Good to have your thoughts at this festive time of the year
    All the best for 2009, I'm sure it will be divine.

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