Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Are we better than bears?

Odd thought: Brown bears (of which there are many around here) have a thick coat of fur, combined with about 400lbs of fat for warmth. These animals are obviously made to tough it out through the cold winter months. So what do they chose to do? Hibernate!

I, on the other hand, have a very thin coat of fur, and although I'll admit to having some superfluous fat, it isn't enough to keep me warm. So why don't humans hibernate? Seems to me it would make winter go by much faster.

Here's an interesting statistical tidbit for New Brunswickers:

  • In the first few months of 1992, Moncton and many parts of New Brunswick recorded record amounts of snowfall. Ex: from January 1st to February 11th, in 1992, we had a total accumulation of 136.10 cm of snow.
  • Reality check! This year, from January 1st to February 11th, we've already gotten 143.50 cm of the white stuff!


irondad said...

I could really get into the hibernation thing.

Lucky said...

One of my university buddies got a 6 month contract in Australia. He figured it would be a nice way to get away from winter... That was 5 years ago! Guess the weather in Brisbane ain't too shabby.