By Heather O.
It was a quick run, and I’m glad I did it. I also got some nice new running gear for Christmas, and it was a good time to try it all out. Gloves, lined pants, a fleece running jacket, and a fleece lined ear thingie kept me pretty warm actually. Well, warm everywhere except my butt.
Even after I got home and warmed up completely, my butt and thighs were still freezing. My kids were waking up as I got home, and since I wasn’t sweaty (it’s hard to sweat in 25 degree weather), I curled up with them under the covers for a little while. With two little bodies pressed up against me, I got pretty warm—except my butt. It took 10 minutes in a hot shower to finally get every part of my body back to normal temperature.
This has happened before, and it puzzles me. I mean, why should my backside take longer to warm up than the rest of my body? It’s all fat back there, right? Isn’t fat supposed to retain heat?
So I did what any normal person does when she has a question. I googled it.
Turns out, OTHER women have this problem too. Who knew? There’s like a whole fleet of women with cold tooshies. The things we learn in this day and age.
And the answer is that I guess it has to do with fat and blood flow and stuff. It sounded all scientific-y, so I totally buy it as a legitimate explanation for my freezing tuckas. And it was on the internet. If you can’t trust the internet, who can you trust?
As far as other mysteries goes, this week I learned that there is a polymer in diapers that is hydrophilic, which translated into normal terms, means that it likes water. The polymer is found underneath the layers of absorbent mesh, and looks and feels like small styrofoam balls. If you extract these little guys, put them into a cup, and then add half a cup of water, you will see how Huggies Diapers are able to handle your toddler’s pee.
This info comes to you not from the internet (well, I mean, it sorta does, because you’re reading it on the internet, but the ORIGINAL source is not the internet, meaning I actually did not google this information. Yet.), but from my son’s chemistry kit, designed for 7 year olds. So if you’re looking for something to do with your 2nd grader, look no further than the nearest pack of Pampers.
Let’s hear it for raising nerds.
And now you also know where the term “butt cold” comes from. Don’t say I never taught you anything.
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