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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
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4217 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Dec 2012 at 10:29 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-12-14 11:05:39 AM  
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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 10:59:51 AM  
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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.
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