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(Short List)   Vodka saves elephants from freezing to death in Siberian forest - "Dude, I think I'm trunk"   (shortlist.com) divider line 32
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2012-12-14 10:31:39 AM  
It's vodak.
 
2012-12-14 10:31:58 AM  
Ivory told you, you've had enough to drink.
 
2012-12-14 10:32:24 AM  
www.belgianbeerschiangmai.com
 
2012-12-14 10:32:34 AM  
What's vodka?
 
2012-12-14 10:33:29 AM  
You would need a mammoth amount of vodak.
 
2012-12-14 10:34:10 AM  
i2.listal.com
 
2012-12-14 10:38:49 AM  
In russia, the vodak drinks the elephants.

//got nothing.
 
2012-12-14 10:48:46 AM  
Willing to overlook the Vodak for the "trunk" line. Nice.
 
2012-12-14 10:52:50 AM  

BolshyGreatYarblocks:


So delicious.

And dangerous.
 
2012-12-14 10:54:19 AM  
I thought booze only made you think you weren't freezing to death as it slowly dehydrates you and allows you to go off to a sleepy frozen death.

Stupid Army training from funny Cold Weather survival manual.
And Gorky Park.
 
2012-12-14 10:55:17 AM  

greenboy: In russia, the vodak drinks the elephants.


Damn you. Fewer than 10 comments and you already beat me to it.
 
2012-12-14 10:55:23 AM  
I thought the MythBusters proved that didn't work
 
2012-12-14 10:57:21 AM  
This far in and no Lindsay Lohan reference? Fark is slipping...

"Stranded Elephant" would be a good name for a novelty drink.
 
2012-12-14 10:59:51 AM  
Typical Russian response. "Person/thing is suffering from X? Get the vodka."

In reality, alcohol is the worst thing for hypothermia - it increases blood flow to the skin, meaning your core temperature collapses a lot faster.

No wonder Russian male life expectancy is down to 60.
 
2012-12-14 10:59:53 AM  
Isn't vodak the whole reason Russia has been able to colonize Siberia?
 
2012-12-14 11:01:33 AM  

lenfromak: It's vodak.


Shut the fark up. It isn't funny, and you're disgracing the name of an excellent beverage.
 
2012-12-14 11:02:05 AM  
Yeah, here's my darwin tip for you if you ever find yourself needing to be warmed up and only alcohol is available. Drink it. It makes you feel warmer. And if you feel warmer, you must also be experiencing less the effects of the cold. And when the spring comes and you thaw out and start to smell, we'll be able to find you.
 
2012-12-14 11:04:04 AM  
They're conditioning the elephants for the mammoth cloning program.
 
2012-12-14 11:05:03 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I thought booze only made you think you weren't freezing to death as it slowly dehydrates you and allows you to go off to a sleepy frozen death.

Stupid Army training from funny Cold Weather survival manual.
And Gorky Park.


I heard this on the radio this morning and had the same thought (but replace Army with wilderness first aid). And it got me thinking: maybe the BAC effect on an animal of that size is nothing compared to the raw caloric intake. But IANA-Zoologist.
 
2012-12-14 11:05:39 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: I thought booze only made you think you weren't freezing to death as it slowly dehydrates you and allows you to go off to a sleepy frozen death.

Now I Is!: I thought the MythBusters proved that didn't work


Alcohol moves warm blood from your core to your extremities, so hypothermia happens faster but frostbite is delayed. Since they knew that they would be rescued quickly, and elephants don't have earmuffs, it sounds like a pretty good idea. Also, elephants with ears that are half gone from frostbite aren't worth the cost of feeding them, from a strictly business standpoint.
 
2012-12-14 11:06:01 AM  
stupid effing link I don't care about mr hyde
 
2012-12-14 11:07:38 AM  
Now I kinda want to thaw out some mammoths just to see if they are soaked in alcohol.
 
2012-12-14 11:18:07 AM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Typical Russian response. "Person/thing is suffering from X? Get the vodka."

In reality, alcohol is the worst thing for hypothermia - it increases blood flow to the skin, meaning your core temperature collapses a lot faster.

No wonder Russian male life expectancy is down to 60.


What else are they going to drink? It's the only thing liquid at room temperature.
 
2012-12-14 11:22:25 AM  

THX 1138: greenboy: In russia, the vodak drinks the elephants.

Damn you. Fewer than 10 comments and you already beat me to it.


It is sad that it took that many to get there.
 
2012-12-14 11:23:30 AM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Typical Russian response. "Person/thing is suffering from X? Get the vodka."

In reality, alcohol is the worst thing for hypothermia - it increases blood flow to the skin, meaning your core temperature collapses a lot faster.

No wonder Russian male life expectancy is down to 60.


The enhanced feeling of warmth from alcohol can serve to motivate people to continue moving and generating more body heat. So although it does act as a peripheral vasodilator, the increased heat loss can be offset by increased heat generation.
 
2012-12-14 11:38:36 AM  
It looks like whoever built that web page was nipping more than a bit at the vodak himself.
 
2012-12-14 11:44:16 AM  

This text is now purple: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Typical Russian response. "Person/thing is suffering from X? Get the vodka."

In reality, alcohol is the worst thing for hypothermia - it increases blood flow to the skin, meaning your core temperature collapses a lot faster.

No wonder Russian male life expectancy is down to 60.

The enhanced feeling of warmth from alcohol can serve to motivate people to continue moving and generating more body heat. So although it does act as a peripheral vasodilator, the increased heat loss can be offset by increased heat generation.


Link to supporting medical studies or it didn't happen
 
2012-12-14 11:51:04 AM  

thedumbone: Harry Freakstorm: I thought booze only made you think you weren't freezing to death as it slowly dehydrates you and allows you to go off to a sleepy frozen death.

Now I Is!: I thought the MythBusters proved that didn't work

Alcohol moves warm blood from your core to your extremities, so hypothermia happens faster but frostbite is delayed. Since they knew that they would be rescued quickly, and elephants don't have earmuffs, it sounds like a pretty good idea. Also, elephants with ears that are half gone from frostbite aren't worth the cost of feeding them, from a strictly business standpoint.


This. Add the fact that elephants are quite a bit larger and thus take longer to freeze to death would combine to produce elephants with pain in the ears instead of frozen ears and trunk.

And there was warm water in the vodka.
 
2012-12-14 12:40:08 PM  
In people, alcohol dilates capillaries and cause massive heat loss. Maybe it's a little different in something as massive and thickly-skinned as elephants. I think we need more research - which means many more drunk elephants. Dangerous fun is the best fun.

When I was a kid I saw a documentary about Africa which showed a herd of elephants eating a bunch of fermented fruit. Falling-down drunk elephants are freaking funny!

/BTW: It's VODAK!
 
2012-12-14 01:22:45 PM  
I guess the Russians have never heard of blankets.
 
2012-12-14 01:26:38 PM  

Contents Under Pressure: I guess the Russians have never heard of blankets.


No, it's just that vodka is their answer to everything.
 
2012-12-15 01:52:06 PM  
So, they just HAPPENED to have 10 liters of vodka with them. Gotta love russia
 
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