Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mmmmm, Blubber

Pin It Now! How do pinnipeds stand to swim in such cold water? The answer is blubber, of course!

We completed a fun but messy experiment showing how this works. Both hands are gloved. One is loaded with Crisco (could use Vaseline instead). We timed how long the boys could hold each hand in the icy water.

Wow!! The "bare" hand with just a glove was pulled out before even a minute passed. The cold water was just too much to bear. Mullin beat Lincoln by a few seconds, here.

Mullin lasted about 5 1/2 minutes in icy water with the "blubbery" hand. Lincoln had him beat this time withstanding the cold for about 6 minutes.
** When sharing the interesting and fun (I mean educational) experiment with dad at the dinner table, he had some words of wisdom to add...
1. "So the lesson learned is that Crisco is good for you."
2. "If you eat too much, you will end up looking like a seal."
Leave it to dad. :)

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