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Why Did We Blow On Nintendo Games?

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Published on Jun 30, 2014

if you played NES, you did it too. Did it work?
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Did blowing on NES cartridges actually do anything? http://mentalfloss.com/article/12589/...
http://gaming.stackexchange.com/quest...
http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showt...

Mario speedrun video via akyeren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boq3g...

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary: http://www.wired.com/2014/04/fantasti...

Mice from dirty laundry and other spontaneous generation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontane...

Here's another video testing the effectiveness of blowing into NES cartridges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNi4A...

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