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Hard News: Who'd have thought?

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  • Carol Stewart, in reply to chris,

    My lad's intermediate school uniform consists of thin cotton shorts for winter. Luckily they get to wear a voluminous polarfleece jumper which covers their nether regions if not their legs.

    I don't understand it either. Must be something to do with this Character, which Lucy refers to.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 828 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    This discussion has taken a Pythonesque turn ;-)

    They were gotten up, every morning of the year, to swim in the cold pool

    .. walked 20 miles to school, barefoot, uphill, both ways

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 504 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to chris,

    The thing I've never quite understood about New Zealand school uniforms was dressing children in shorts in winter.

    The All Blacks wear shorts in any weather. It's really a sifting process.

    Edit: And c'mon! They were woolen shorts.

    Edit2: And anyway, since 90% of body heat is lost through the head, so long as you're wearing a warm cap, you could go starkers and only be 10% cold.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to BenWilson,

    since 90% of body heat is lost through the head, so long as you’re wearing a warm cap, you could go starkers and only be 10% cold.

    Yeah, quite! Thus that myth is, uh, exposed. ;-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to BenWilson,

    And anyway, since 90% of body heat is lost through the head, so long as you’re wearing a warm cap, you could go starkers and only be 10% cold.

    You ever actually tried this Ben?
    Say, somewhere in Central on a real bonspiel night?
    I guarentee you'll find you really would wish you'd bought more than a woollen cap within...o. about a minute?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Islander,

    And silly me, I thought it was 10%!

    And, I thought you were serious!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    They were gotten up, every morning of the year, to swim in the cold pool. Sado-masochistic they must have been, back then.

    Hey, I had to swim in an unheated, thoroughly shaded pool at 8am when I was at high school. Only in the summer, mind, but it didn’t precisely encourage a love of the activity.

    Yeah, quite! Thus that myth is, uh, exposed. ;-)

    IIRC it derived from a 1950s British study where they measured heat radiating off otherwise well-clothed but hat-less people in the Arctic. As the heat had nowhere else to radiate from....

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    As the heat had nowhere else to radiate from....

    yet everyone left out that detail

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Sacha,

    yet everyone left out that detail

    It fascinates me as an anecdote because it's such a good example of how a result can be both true and totally wrong.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    More slick NASA public relations- these guys are good at it :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

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