Taking the Plunge - Literally - Into the New Year

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

polar bear pool paws end Polar bear (Ucumari/flickr)

It happened last night, whether we were ready for it or not: The New Year. And today, on the first day of 2013, some of us are dragging our feet (perhaps with a headache) into the future, but others of us are literally jumping in.

Adrienne Adams is one of those people. This afternoon, at 1pm, she will be embarking on her 10th New Year’s plunge into the icy cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Adrienne is a member of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, and she explains how taking the plunge into the New Year is, for her, both figurative and literal.

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Adrienne Adams

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Your fake polar bear fur bikini has a huge disadvantage over the real thing.
Polar bear fur collects ultraviolet light coming from any direction. And, while the skin is warm, the temperature at the pelt's outer layer is about the same as the bear's surroundings. "He loses very little heat," says Grojean.

Eskimos have long known about these properties. An Eskimo never dries a polar bear pelt with its skin against the ground; the ice under the pelt would melt and later freeze the pelt to the ice. Instead, pelts are dried with the fur against the ground. "The pelt is a sort of thermal diode," says Grojean. "The energy flows only in one direction."

Jan. 01 2013 03:51 PM

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