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Fox fur is known to insulate from heat as well as cold. Hassidim wear ritual Streimels (or Shtreimels as they are pronounced) on festive occasions, including every week on the sabbath, in hot countries, and in hot seasons.
Hidden inside the streimel fur is a removable ice pack and a tiny battery
(or solar panel) powered motor that sends a small amount of cooling fluid in a cycle from the head and back through the ice pack, so that the heat of the cooling fluid is slightly lower than the hassid's head temperature. This keeps the hassid cool and comfortable while dressed for a snowy blizzard in the Karpathean mountains.
Solar Cooling Hat
Albeit not made of fur, this idea preceded mine by six years. [pashute, Jul 20 2012]
Accept the "mystory"
[pashute, Jul 22 2012]
||Hey, I'm all for staying cool. But, I wonder if the Hassidim ever had to dodge red paint balls thrown by incensed PETA members... (I recently found out that PETA did NOT mean "People who Eat Tasty Animals. " Dang. Who knew, wrong again.) Sorry, PETA, I know a winner when I see one! Put me down for one of 'em, [pashute]! Karpathean mountains, here I come! Bun! [+]
||But could it be used on Shabbos?
||For every ointment, there is a fly.
||It would work with a shabbos clock, set by turning the black yarmulka in the middle...
||//the Karpathean mountains//
Anyone done the "wear the fox hat" gag yet?
||I can't help thinking that the more straightforward
solution to this would be to do away with the
||I think I could become religious if I could find a
religion that wasn't even more perverse and
obsessed with stupid details than my happily
antitheist life already is. No pork or shellfish
here, funny pants there, having to tie a box to
your forehead on Tuesdays, or not eating beef
from the left flank of the animal... c'mon,
religious leaders - check with your marketing
||Does wearing one of these things make the wearer more holy? Because if it doesn't, it's just another example of utter pointlessness.
Unless looking like a dork wrapped in bits of dead animal is a desired outcome.
||That's "Dork" with a capital "D". The Dorks (or
Dorques, or Dorci) were one of the early tribes in
Britain, known to have existed in about 300BC (as
noted by Pytheas on his travels), but not recorded
subsequently (or before). They occupied an area
in the south-east of England, and may have also
occupied (or fled to) the Isle of Wight. History
does not record, however, whether they wore fox
furs although, given the English weather, one
coudn't blame them if they did.
||Does that explain Dorking?
||Isn't that sort of the point of religion, [Max]? Do
something you wouldn't otherwise do because you
believe some higher power wants you to.
||//Does that explain Dorking?//
||Nothing can adequately explain Dorking. It was
called Dorchinges, after a titled person of some
but whether his (and Dorking's) name is derived
the Dorks (or Dorci) is lost in the mists of
||//Isn't that sort of the point of religion//
||Well then, that's bloody stupid, isn't it? I can just
imagine the gods down the pub on a Friday night.
||Yahweh: Hey, Godster, betcha can't beat this:
persuaded my guys that they absolutely had to
the ends off their dicks, and they've gone for it
time, especially the males. And you know that
time we all got pissed and made that cheese-
shaped hat out of a dead fox? Well, guess where
they're all the rage now.
||God: That's nothing. I told a bunch of mine that
they had to eat fish on Fridays, that beavers were
kind of fish, and that I'm a trinity of three people
who are actually one. They're so gullible I'm gonna
try them with transubstantiation next week.
||Allah (setting down his bloody mary): Gentlemen,
do not wish to be so bold as to say I can beat that,
but listen up. You know that yeast-and-grape
you created, and you figured everyone would go
completely ape over? Well, guess who managed
get all his followers to be teetotal. Cheers.
||Yahweh: OK, guys. How about a bet. Last one to
split his followers into two opposing factions with
more than 20% casualties on both sides buys the
||I could explain the Streimel if you cared to listen...
Not that I wear one, but
||a. Most, today, are made of synthetic fur.
||b. One of the leaders in my country of endorsing real
care for our planet, including the initiation of most
recently accepted environmentally friendly laws is
the Ultra-Orthodox rabbi member of our
||and c. There are all kinds of stupidity in religious laws
especially in the Jewish religion, like washing your
hands after the toilet and before eating, or taking an
early morning ritual freezing bath, which, counter to
scientific knowledge and even to Ignaz Semmelweis'
crazy unscientific ideas, can get you killed because
you don't die in the black plague, and so are
necessarily accused of poisoning the water wells,
which gets you and your family murdered in a
||Or the really stupid idea of resting once a week,
letting nature catch its breath, together with your
family and community, spending the day on learning
the law and your cultural myths. Why waste so much
time on cooperating? Life is short, free sex is fun,
the smog is only because we aren't using the correct
technology, and having kids is a kind of pollution,
unless they are the type that will jump onto a mine
with glee, in which case they may be tolerated as the
hope of the human wipe-out future.
||Seriously: IMHO, its not religion and tradition vs.
atheism and science. By now we reached an age
where most people who have thought this through
realize that there is still much to be understood,
there IS quite a lot of hidden wisdom in culture and
tradition, and that striving for the good of the world
is what's important, and mainly that we should be
open to listen, see and comprehend.
||[Edit] This is not to say that any anti-science, pro-
anti-women culture is something to be promoted. On
||Of course "Culture Clash", as the Cohen brothers call
it in "Serious Person", must be consolidated one way
or the other, preferably but not always possibly
||did I just find myself endorsing the Streimel? :(
||//"Culture Clash", as the Cohen brothers call it in
"Serious Person", must be consolidated one way or
||I think that's unlikely to happen - Boy George is
pretty much wasted these days.
||Or they could take the things off and hand them to loitering children to hold, for a few shekels.
||I agree with all of you. Its just too hot to argue, my old
laptop is boiling at the keyboard (now there's an
ingenious idea, put the cpu and heat dispersion away
from the kb... now why didn't anyone think of that?!):
and I can't find an air conditioned Streimel to help cool