I read this great little tidbit at the bottom of a hack-a-day roundup article:
i recently used desitin as a substitute to thermal compound in an “el cheapo” generic aircooling system (mega or omega) when the wax that came with it failed to work.
It worked, the darn thing didn’t go further down from 69 degrees celsius and it went down to a maximum of 52 when doing heavy work.
Iit works because thermal compound (the white one) is made with zinc oxide… desitin is 40% zinc oxide.
What a brilliant super-geek dad (I assume he’s a Dad – the single folks are still trying to remember where they’re heard of Desitin). I would go so far as to say I’ve been paying the thermal compound guys $5 per tiny tube of what turns out to be plain ol’ baby crack spackle.
This actually explains a lot. I’ve always suspected that my son is somehow overclocked.