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Since, humans came from relatively hot parts of the earth
lean, hairless (mostly) bodies are not very well adapted to
cold. Since, were so clever weve made jackets (some
out of fur... well, before PETA, at any rate) But, even our
most advanced jackets lack the weather responsiveness
Take a bear, for instance, in the summer his fur is lighter
stands up more letting the air in. In the winter it thickens
if he swims (or if it rains) a layer slick hairs stick together
keeping much of the water from his skin.
To make a coat like this I say we use smart plastics. You
know, the stuff that can be trained to remember different
shapes depending on the tempeture?
If its hot, your coat turns white-silver and little air holes
If its wet, the coat seals up water tight.
If its cold, it turns black and a layer (or two depending on
how cold it is) of air is formed between you and the cold
Plus, a coat like this would be a mighty fashion statement.
And youd only need one. And no more putting on a coat in
the morning and carrying it home because it got too hot, or
any of that stuff.
Oh-- the thing here is to do climate controlled clothing, but
without the moving parts-- or the need for a power source.
Get Back Our Fur
Not quite the same development, but similarly hirsute. [Dog Ed, Aug 19 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Human fur coats would open up new fashion avenues... [Bonarein, Aug 19 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||I saw a picture on the AP wire of a guy dressed in head-to-toe fur, including a furry mask over his face, playing hockey. It was big long white fur. He looked like a yeti. It was ridiculous.
||arghblah: Yetis do not look ridiculous. They look mystical and soulful yet savage and fierce. If I was an imaginary animal, I would definitely be a yeti. Unless I could be Tigger.
||Anyhow, many people devote a large amount of time and effort to removing what hair they do have. Maybe the answer's just to increase body hair growth. Either that, or giant squirrel costumes.
||Why all the annotes about fur? The idea was to use smart plastics.
||If I could be any plastic, I would definitely be polypropylene. Rugged and persistent, yet glossy and flexible.