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Where you live, you must have heard people claiming the need, as soon as the temperatures drop slightly in the evening, for "une petite laine" (a little cardigan to prevent a cold, draft, terrorist attack and whatever else!). They do here in "la campagne genevoise", I wonder how long they'll last this week!
Always have one of those lurking in my (copious) handbag..... so clearly something's rubbed off after all those years chez les Helvetians.
Although my excuse is that it gets quite chilly down by the lake after dark and I don't want to catch my death of cold walking across the Pont de la Machine for a tram after meeting the girls at S'n'B.
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Well explain yourself then?

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Have you seen the size of some of them scarves, you could make a bed sheet out of them.
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When I first moved to Switzerland, I remember well an evening spent in a restaurant filled with smokers and the air thick with smoke. We were sitting next to a window, and in a desperate attempt for some fresh air, I cracked open the window.

Suddenly, every head in the restaurant turned and looked at us as if we'd broken some huge taboo. The waitress came over and asked us to close it again, as the other diners were concerned about the draught making them sick.

"Yeah," I thought as I looked at the cigarettes overflowing in the ashtrays, "that's what's gonna make you sick."

Had the same in Pickwick Pub in Baden a few years ago. The smoke was so bad, it made your eyes sting! Even looking across the bar, you'd think someone had turned on a fog machine. It really was that bad at times, especially when it wasn't summer.

After sitting at a table near a window with two mates, we finally succumbed and - OPENED THE WINDOW. Fresh, smoke-free air started to dissipate into the room! But not for long, as someone (can't remember if it was a smoker or not) near us leaned across and closed it again, spouting some rubbish that the air would make them 'sick', or 'ill', somehow.

Quite simply, we just did not understand. At all. The three of us just looked at each other with blank looks and then gave up trying to understand the logic.

There's many a story on this forum about draughts... Generally, I just do not get it, but I conclude that a possible root cause of such blatantly erroneous beliefs are derived from completely inaccurate, outdated, old-fashioned and anecdotal information, with no scientific basis whatsoever presented to a young mind by said young mind's granny and - for some reason - is then NEVER questioned, no matter what.

[My mum never took me to my granny when I was ill, as all that would happen would be that she would just force God-knows-what rubbish (even brandy - to a ten year old) down my neck "Ehh, come on lad, this'll sort yer out."]
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

yeah there's some people, especially 50 years old ladies, that is crazy about drafts but it's because in their brain a draft sensation is classified as uncomfortable for no reason I don't think there's much rational thought there.
Regarding the scarf it's also a fashion accessory, very common among italian truzzi too (overbrowned discoteque guys). Anyway when your throat is sore it's very comfortable and cold is uncomfortable.
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Well no- if you have real boobs- this just doesn't work

I am Swiss born and bred- and I just don't get this obsession with draughts and scarves in Summer. I have all the windows and doors opened now, and the draught is most welcome- and certainly no scarf

but in winter, I always wear a silk scarf as it gets really cold here, but remains dry- and I have a tendency to get sore throats- if my neck is warm, then I don't need so many layers for the rest ...
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Old 01.07.2015, 14:08
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I am Swiss born and bred- and I just don't get this obsession with draughts
Same here. My mother on the other hand has had that obsession as long as I can remember. When I was younger I figured it was an age thing but in the meantime I found out that it isn't.
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

I live in a draught. All windows open all the time winter or summer. I like a good draught me.

I do get sore throats, but I have absolutely no idea why they occur. I have never had a sore throat and thought, "hmmmm, that'll be because I stepped on a horses crack" or "well, as I got a sore throat last time I was sat at a 33 degree angle to the wall, and this time when I sat at a 33 degree angle to the wall, I got a sore throat. Ergo sore throats create angles of 33 degrees." I don't recall that much detail from my life, mores the pity....

How do people come up with this shit?
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I can't believe how naive you are, they are obviously hiding hickies

Yuck, who did these...do you know him?

Well, Paddy, I am wondering myself...when I see men, women and kids wrapped in scarves in 40 degrees. I wonder if it is to keep the sun away from scorching their necks, or, they might have misininterpretted Priessnitz compresses? (the compress is genius, btw)

http://en.mindandbody.sk/vas-doktor/...itz-compresses

I read somewhere we feel cold only if our feet are in temps 2 deg less than the rest, or, in a room colder than 18deg, for a period of time. It is interesting how cold people can have their living areas here, yet not tolerate a bit of air circulating. I tend to dislike aircon, usually, coz I know people don't change the filters corfectly. But something tells me the scarves, esp here, is a total fashion statement. I rarely wear one, I tend to forget useless items everywhere.



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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

The loosely-related topic of aircon: A few years ago I was in Mozambique (middle of nowhere) on a power plant (Cahora Bassa). Very hot, very humid - all the time.

A German guy who was there also, was complaining all the time about not being able to sleep (he looked terrible, red, baggy eyes, the lot) from being too hot and sweating too much. I told him to turn on the AC, just very low, just enough to remove the humidity from the air without really affecting the temperature - which is what I was doing, and thus slept very well.

His reaction was "oh my God, no that will make me SO ill!". He was terrified of the prospect.. I tried to persuade him to try, but to no avail - even to the point of explaining the risk of an accident (as he was working on live HV equipment..) was a few orders of magnitude higher due to his avoidable sleepiness than catching a low-grade case of the sniffles..
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Old 02.07.2015, 21:43
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

Let us not forget the death toll from iced drinks on a hot day. As I understand it the combination of drafts and cold drinks claim more lives than any other risk.


Oh, and drinking Coke with Fondue... but only furriners are at risk.
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

When I was a nanny in BS they even had me wrapping the three-year-old's neck in a scarf before putting him down (for the same silly reason). Here's another one though -- the amber necklaces that magically reduce all teething pain? Explanation please!
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

Now I've seen it all. Working at the indoor pool yesterday. It was 33 degrees in the water. My assistant (swiss) was wrapping a scarf around her neck each time we had a 5 min break between classes.
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

Just had a visitor - an elderly lady suffering from the heat. She appreciated the electric fan running in our kitchen. Sat right in front of it but had to grab her scarf and wrap it around her neck for protection.
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Re: Neck scarves, indoors, in a heatwave?

I must admit it is true, that if your body is exposed to a very strong cold wind, the muscles will tense up and you will feel different at the exposed part. But to extrapolate this to certainly being ill if the bus or train window is opened, is plainly ridiculous.

I have also noticed that those people living in northern areas where it is cold and windy on most days, are not addicted to scarves and also remain very healthy, probably because the viruses and bacteria from your neighbour are blown away from you!
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I must admit it is true, that if your body is exposed to a very strong cold wind, the muscles will tense up and you will feel different at the exposed part. But to extrapolate this to certainly being ill if the bus or train window is opened, is plainly ridiculous.

I have also noticed that those people living in northern areas where it is cold and windy on most days, are not addicted to scarves and also remain very healthy, probably because the viruses and bacteria from your neighbour are blown away from you!
I will remember that next time I am skiing at 3000m -18 & 60km wind, never had a problem & I don't wear a scarf. I find the air freezing in the back of my throat when I breathe in more of an issue.
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I will remember that next time I am skiing at 3000m -18 & 60km wind, never had a problem & I don't wear a scarf. I find the air freezing in the back of my throat when I breathe in more of an issue.
Yes I used to ski too: isn't it strange that wearing a scarf somehow keeps the cold air from the inside of the throat?
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Yes I used to ski too: isn't it strange that wearing a scarf somehow keeps the cold air from the inside of the throat?
I doubt you have been n the extreme conditions I am talking about, I have only had this happen once in over 1000 days on snow. It won't happen at Avoriaz, it's far to low.
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