How's Winter? Do People Hibernate?
By Dodo Azo
December 5, 2017 7:53am CST
It's already cold here in our place early in the morning until sun is up. While listening to the popular Christmas song, "Winter Wonderland" by Bing Crosby, I noted these lines from that song: Later on, we'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid, the plans that we've made Walking in a winter wonderland It's Winter I have learned from Science that animals could survive a season which is extremely cold like the winter by hibernation. These animals have the ability to survive, that is, taking a deep sleep until the end of the winter. What about humans? Do they hibernate too especially those the early people? Unlike this modern times, there are lots of surviving mechanisms, gadgets, food storage, among others. Thus, humans like the animals don't have to hibernate. I am just curious to know how those people prepare and make themselves ready for the winter. I don't know how long that season last for I belong to the tropical zone where we have only two distinct seasons, the wet and the dry.
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• United States
We have a long winter here, but people still go out and about even when it is very cold and lots of snow is on the ground. We are used to it and we know how to dress for the cold outdoors to keep ourselves warm. We wear very warm coats, boots, gloves, scarves to protect our faces, and hats.
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• United States
@dodoazo We wear a scarf around the face if it is really cold. Have to protect the face from frostbite. Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. No one I know has ever had frostbite because the really cold days do not last that long and everyone is very careful to bundle up in warm clothes when outside.
@Corbin5 That's it. I have a question though sounds ridiculous but it's dangerous. I have seen some videos of those kids or even adults tried to lick a snowed steel lamp post or road sign and get their tongue sticks and it's difficult to remove. Why? Have witnessed it?
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
Some people go to warmer climates in winter. I stay home, enjoying all that winter wants to give me. It's my favorite season of the year, and being where I live, Wisconsin, on the border with Canada, it can get quite cold and we can, if God permits, give us a lot of snow. I hope we get a lot this year. We just bundle up to stay warm when going outside, and turn the heat up so we don't freeze inside.
This is quite clear for me. In our place, when we experience cold weather especially in late January or early February in which a very cold breeze is terribly freezing us due to the wind coming from Siberia where the ice of ocean is melting, we don't usually go out early in the morning. Or if we do we wear sweaters or jackets, cover our both ears,
• Moses Lake, Washington
My husband still works but does not drive. We live about 15 miles from a little town. I have to get him to work every day, no matter if there is ice or snow on the roads. Once in a great while we might call a cab but that costs quite a bit of money. So from November to maybe April we dress in heavy coats and have gloves handy. I also wear a knit cap cause it is icy and frosty out even when the roads are good to drive on. I put a light bulb down in the chicken house to keep the hens a little warmer and to keep their water from freezing over. I make the cats come in at night. I am not a fan of snow and cold but its what winter is for me. I also buy a little more food just in case it is hard to get to a grocery store. We also have extra jugs of water in case the pipes freeze and the well pump quits giving us water. I use a cane if it gets too slippery out.
The animals that hibernates have the capability to slow their metabolism and reduce their body temperature, this is not something that humans can do. It is very cold here, but our houses are well heated and when we go out we wear warm clothes, a coat and boots.
• Guangzhou, China
It makes sense if this discussion was posted by a person who comes from a cold place. Philippines is not a cold country and perhaps it is just a little cool sometimes. You shall not even have winter there. Whereas in my city it is winter now but fortunately it is not that cold yet. When it is very cold, I would like to have a hibernation
What's wrong? I am raising this question for I don't belong to a country where there is no winter. I am interested to know. I want my curiosity be satisfied. If I belong to a country where there is a winter, do I need to post this question? Of course, not, for hibernation, frost bite, warm clothings, among others are already common. Well, if it doesn't make sense for you, you are free not to comment. I may seem rude of my reaction but it must be for myself this post has a sense for me.
• Greencastle, Indiana
I can tell you I'm one that Hibernates in winter & there's really nothing to it, you get everything you need for the winter set up like the food your gonna need & anything else you'll need for 6 mos & just stay home & not go anywhere unless you REALLY need to.
• Riga, Latvia
It is hard to explain and to understand if you haven't experienced real winter. Take a look at this link.