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Nose mittens

An isulative lining for your nostrils
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Lets face it, anyone whose ever been through winter in Michigan knows that natures own nose lining is inferior and impractical. It runs, it clogs, and oft-times it doesn't insulate. One alternative means of nose insulation is to cover it, but this impedes breathing, collects moisture, and doesn't solve the nose-run problem. My idea is to make a lining for the nostils out of a thin, but highly absorbant cotton material. it would keep the inside of your nose warm, and absorb water/mucus to simulateously prevent dripping and chapping/nosebleed, without interfering with your breathing.
nick_n_uit, Mar 01 2001

Nose Warmers. http://rasmus.uib.no/~st00011/
"During the 1994 Winter Olympics the Idea of the Nose Warmer was introduced and provided a major income to poor Norwegian tenting students, primarily thanks to American tourists who willingly paid Nkr 50,- to be able to take a typical Norwegian souvenir back home." Not quite as high-tech as the outlined solution. [jutta, Mar 01 2001]

Comfy Nose http://www.lewisart.../portfolio/web3.htm
The site (and presumably, product) is no longer, but its designer's portfolio still gives a fairly good idea. [jutta, Mar 01 2001]


       My solution to this problem (I live in Canada -- and bike to school in the winter) is to put a headband over my nose when it gets brutally cold.   

       As for mucus, you don't want to see the back of my biking gloves. It's funny -- manufacturers put it more eloquently than "good for wiping snot", but they always emphasize that all-weather biking gloves have 'soft cotton highly absorbant strips' on the backs of the index and middle finger.
Wes, Mar 02 2001

       Mr. Hadamard: actually, I believe it is warm, MOIST air which fogs one's vision. The respective indices of refraction for cold air vs. warm air are fairly negligible. However, precipitate (water vapor not dissolved in air, in this case) would make seeing a problem. Also, what about drip?
zippy: Yeah, just rub it in, why doncha?
Maybe I should just start wearing a nose catheter in the winter.
nick_n_uit, Mar 04 2001

       I was trying to jog in Minneapolis "don't breathe throught your mouth" Minnesota, winter before last, and I ended up daydreaming about basically the same thing, but wider-- suitable for gasping through.   

       It ended up needing to be a kind of snorkel, one with a heat reservior in it. You'd heat it when you exhaled, and it would heat air on the inhale. There would be fins inside.   

       Of course, you'd have to jog around holding this corndog-sized thing in your mouth... nevermind.
mcdonald107, Mar 06 2001

       mcdonald 107: Just attach it to one of those Hannibal Lecter face masks.
nick_n_uit, May 25 2001

       I do like the original nose mittens idea- and they could be attached to a piece of string which goes up through one nostril and down out through the other, to stop you from losing one mitten (infuriating!).   

       You could even take them out of your nose and just let them hang, when the weather gets a little warmer and catches you by surprise before you've had time to get your nose mittens surgically removed.
Kaggo, Aug 25 2001


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