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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Why the Furry Side Out?


Those pictures you may have seen of what prehistoric humans looked like usually always showed them wearing animal skins.

I believe, no matter what the paleontologists may try to tell us about them.  Yes, they probably got a lot of it right, but all the pictures of depicting early man show them wearing animal skins.  No, that part is probably correct but they all the pictures I have seen show them wearing the fur side out:


Yep, maybe they did, just like this next picture shows:

But I don't think that mankind would have survived if they were all that dumb.  Now tell me, wouldn't those poor cavemen be much warmer and a lot more comfortable if they had worn the fur side in and the skin side out?  That is the way I would do it.

Well, looking at this last picture below, I guess mankind hasn't learned much over the last few thousand years.


Maybe I am wrong in my thinking and if so, please enlighten me.  Now. you all have a great day, you hear?


20 comments:

  1. What I have been told (and never been able to verify)is the fur side sheds water and snow better. Skin side out gets waterlogged and then you are wearing a wet blanket.

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    1. If they rubbed the skin side with fat, wouldn't it waterproof it? Yes, you are right, the hair side sheds water and snow the best.

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  2. I've never worn fur... or feathers either... so don't know. I do remember as a kid in church being absolutely fascinated (and appalled) at the red fox neckpiece a lady in the pew in front of me wore... seems it was 3 foxes kind of fastened together to wrap around her shoulders. I'm sure she didn't have any worries about rain or snow...

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    1. I have seen neckpieces made from mink, fox, etc. and hey left the heads on them and they were holding on to the other pieces with their teeth. Not a great sight for animal lovers.

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  3. have no idea what they did, but,,, i wouldnt want that skin on the outside.

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    1. I am sure they tried it both ways and chose the one that suited each one the best.

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  4. Now the real question you need to ask how did they get it so soft and no grandma didn't chew it to death to make it soft that's a myth
    I won't go into details but it's called brain tanning and yes they do
    And yes it's the hair side out and no it's not completely waterproof somewhat water repellent but not waterproof If you get the hair wet to the skin there's a good chance that nobody's gonna let you in there TP
    you will stink if you think taking your socks off after the end of the day it's even worse

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    1. Glad I live in east Texas where we don't often need to wear a lot of extra "skins". I have always been told that each animal has enough brains to treat its own hide. NO, I don't mean "knowhow", I mean physically.

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  5. From what I have read about animal fur it seems to me that the fur side out would be best; just as in nature the fur is on the outside. As Barney said, the skin would get wet and the fur would soak up the water. Who really knows for sure - we are all guessing. As for me I don't wear fur. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I don't know the correct answer, but the next time I run into a caveman, I will ask him (grin). Of course some people think I am old enough to have known some cavemen. . .

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  6. Hermit's Baby SisJuly 29, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    I've often wondered the same thing myself, Dizzy.
    With a faux fur throw or blanket, don't we want the soft fuzzy side next to us? Yeah, they're pretty, but I guess living in the South I never thought much about having to repel snow with a coat.

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    1. You know, just a thought, but maybe feathers would be better. Didn't they have some really huge birds back in that era??

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  7. Your brain must run in circles like mine does. For instance: WHY are #2 pencils always yellow? Anyhow...Maybe they wore it fur side out because that's how the animal wore it. But it would make sense to have the warm fur, instead of the stiff hide, against their bodies. Then again....maybe the fur was full of fleas?

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    1. My brain runs in circles, triangles, and squares and in very special occasions, it runs in ellipses. And once in awhile, I explain things correctly and sometimes I get it wrong. (grin).

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  8. My grandmother had one of those fox stoles that fascinated me as a child. It was kept in a cedar chest so it smelled like cedar. I don't remember seeing anyone ever wearing it. Everyone could have smelled you coming, that's for sure.

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    1. A cedar chest kept coat would smell better than ones in moth balls.

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  9. Furs were worn close to the body and fur side out to keep them warm. If they had the fur just thrown over the body, it would be breezy underneath, sort of like wearing a sweatshirt that is flapping in the breeze. Of course, these are just pictures with the fur hanging on the body.

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    1. I would wear a wool WW2 army sweater under my hunting coat to keep warm when hunting in the winter time when I lived up north. That would keep me very warm. Created a dead air space that insulated the outer jacket from my body.

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  10. Good question, Dizzy! One I don't know the answer to...again!

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    1. And one we may never know the answer to unless they find a caveman frozen in the ice somewhere.

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