As a young woman, Betty Jenkins received a gift from her mother that was meant to attract the attention of young men. But as Jenkins, who is now 94, tells her niece, the attention she got wasn’t the kind she was expecting.
“I was very skinny, and I didn’t have any curves. I guess my mother got kind of worried, because she didn’t think I had enough boyfriends,” Jenkins said.
The gift was an inflatable bra that was designed to enhance its wearer’s figure. A straw-like tube was used to inflate pads in the cups.
So, you can probably guess what happed when the young Ms. Jenkins was flying over the Andes Mountains in the unpressurized cabin of a passenger plane.
“The co-pilot came into the cabin with a gun, wondering what had happened. The men all pointed to me.”
Jenkins then tried to explain in Spanish what she could hardly explain in English, “that part of your anatomy just blew up.”
Take 3 minutes and 18 seconds out of your life and listen to Ms. Jenkins tell it.
By the way, I was always fond of invoking the ideal gas law when hiking or running at progressively higher altitudes during my years in the Rockies. When pressure decreases, volume increases (assuming all other variables remain constant) resulting in HAFE, high-altitude flatulent emission (not to be confused with the very serious high-altitude medical condition, HAPE).
The usual response from my hiking or running partner was, “That is not an ideal gas.”