Polar Warmth

Ursus_maritimus_us_fishOver time, polar bears have adapted themselves to freezing cold climates as low at -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Polar bear’s utilize a thick fur and fat layer to insulate themselves and can at times overheat because their insulation techniques have evolved to be extremely efficient for such low temperatures.

Polar bears have two types of fur: long oily guard hairs and short insulating hairs. The oily long hair keeps the polar bear protected from the ice cold temperatures of the water by repelling the water. The oily long hairs pull in the heat for the short insulating hairs to snatch up and trap right next to the skin.

The polar bear’s fat layer, or “blubber,” covers the bear’s whole body and can range from 2-4 inches in thickness. This fat layer may also be used as a source of energy when food is scarce.

polar6Another technique used by polar bears to keep warm is known as “winter sleep,” a state in which the polar bears metabolic process slows creating lower energy demands on the body so that the bear may be kept warm. This process differs from hibernation in that in winter sleep the bears can still be woken up.

Polar Bear Facts:

  • The hair of a polar bears’ fur is hollow.
  • Polar bears have been known to swim 100 miles in one stretch.
  • Polar bears spend most of their life on sea ice.
  • Polar bears are an endangered species as of 2008.
  • Adult male polar bears can weigh up to 1,700 lbs.
  • Baby polar bears are called cubs.
  • At birth, cubs are about 12-14 inches long and weight about 1 pound.
  • The scientific name for polar bear is “Ursus Maritimus” which translates to “sea bear.”

(These are by far the cutest bears to ever exist.)



Warm Wash

washing-machine-cartoonHow To Choose The Right Temperature For Your Clothes

  1. Hot Water: Hot water is to be used when dealing with really stained clothing. Hot water can be used to get rid of grass, dirt, crayon, grease/ oil , mildew, sweat, and tar stains. Dish towels, wash cloths, bath towels, bedding, and pillow cases should also be washed with hot water for the most efficient clean. It is important not to mix dark and light colors when using hot water because the hot temperature could cause some fabrics to bleed and ruin your nice new white sweater! 
  2. Warm Water: For really messy clothes that you don’t want wrinkled, warm water is your best bet. Warm water minimizes not only wrinkling but also color fading. Warm water is best used to get rid of chocolate and paint stains. Cotton and polyester should be washed in warm water.
  3. Cold Water: Cold water is your safest bet to preserve both color and size. Cold water is used to best remove blood, adhesive, coffee, or alcohol stains. Viscose/ Rayon, silk, ad wool should be washed with cool water. 

(For a complete list of stain removal techniques check out this Stain Removal Chart)

Symbols & What They Mean 


  • 1 Dot: Machine Wash Cold Water
  • 2 Dots: Machine Wash Warm Water
  • 3 Dots: Machine Wash Hot Water
  • 1 Dot Horizontal Line: Machine Wash Cold Water Permanent Press
  • 2 Dots Horizontal Line: Machine Wash Warm Water Permanent Press
  • 3 Dots Horizontal Line: Machine Wash Hot Water Permanent Press
  • 1 Dot 2 Horizontal Lines: Machine Wash Cold Water Gentle Cycle
  • 2 Dots 2 Horizontal Lines: Machine Wash Warm Water Gentle Cycle
  • 3 Dots 2 Horizontal Lines: Machine Wash Hot Water Gentle Cycle
  • Hand: Hand Wash
  • Cross: Do Not Wash


Warm Bodies Review

warm_bodies Warm Bodies is a movie about a zombie, R, and a living girl, Julie, who’s relationship sparks in the midst of fighting during a human scavenger party. A relationship of this sorts was unheard of seeing as zombies eat humans and humans kill zombies… Slowly though, this new relationship starts to bring back the life in R. As his heart starts to beat, his being begins to warm. Julie and R must now work together to find a way to rid both people and zombies of their differences in order to work together and defeat the “Bonies,” a mutual threat to both species.



When I watched this movie, I wasn’t too impressed. The movie itself did not grab my attention as much as the trailers did. I thought the acting was just okay. The main character, Julie, reminded me of Kristen Stuarts and that was just unpleasant in my eyes. The movie is classified as a horror/ comedy/ romance, yet I only laughed a couple times during the whole movie. I was not scared enough for this movie to be considered a horror movie in my eyes. The only classification that actually fits this movie romance. This movie was a true romance movie because R and Julie’s love was forbidden and like all good love stories, they fought valiantly to preserve their love. In my opinion, this movie is not worth watching until it’s free on Netflix.


5 Warmest Places on Earth

Dallol, Ethiopia

Dallol-Ethiopia The average annual temperature in Dallol as recorded from 1960-1966 is 94 degrees Fahrenheit. With 94 degrees Fahrenheit being an average, that means that temperatures seldom drop significantly below 94 degree. Temperatures can reach as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit with the help of the sun… oh and not to mention the active volcano within this valley.

Death Valley, United States

death-valley Death Valley holds the highest temperature ever directly recorded, 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Death Valley is surrounded by mountains on all sides which causes hot, dry air masses to become trapped in the valley. The average temperatures over the summer exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ten Geographic Facts to Know About Death Valley

Timbuktu, Mali

timbuktu Timbuktu is classified as a tropical thorn woodland biome, which means it has a tropical wet & dry savannah climate. Timbuktu has no cold season and its average max temperature is recorded at 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

Australia’s Badlands

australia_hottest In 2002 a NASA satellite detected a land temperature of 156.7 degrees Fahrenheit. So few people live on this region of Australia, so there are not accurate temperature reading readily available.

Kebili, Tunisia

tataouine 01 Located in Africa, Kebili has reached temperatures as high as 131 degrees Fahrenheit. Ironically, one of the hottest places on earth is actually one of the places where African’s go to find relief from the heat. Palm trees and water holes provide a place for tourists to escape and cool off.

While I am a fan of warm temperatures, I don’t think I would be able to stay more than three days at places like these. Normally when I think of warm places I think of places like Mexico and the Bahamas, places with beautiful beaches. This blog post reminded me that desserts and valleys do exist and they can reach unbearable temperatures.


Synonyms/ Antonyms

Warmth- (n.) Quality or state of being warm; liveliness of feelings, emotions, or sympathies; quality of being intimate or attached; the effect of brightness/ coziness achieved by warm colors

mother natureSynonyms:

  • Affection
  • Compassion
  • Passion
  • Spirit
  • Zeal
  • Amiability
  • Sincerity
  • Ardor

jack frost Antonyms:

  • Apathy
  • Coolness
  • Dislike
  • Hatred
  • Indifference
  • Incompatibility
  • Chill
  • Hate

When I think of warmth I think not only of love and affection, but also the heat given off by a fireplace or a blanket. Affection, compassion, and sincerity are the three synonyms I would say represent warmth in my mind. A warm person, to me, embodies these traits; they are affectionate, compassionate, and sincere. I rarely ever think of warmth and think of warm colors or a cheerful personality. This blog has opened my eyes to the variety of meanings of warmth.

Likewise, this blog has opened my eyes to the possibilities of the opposite of warmth. Prior to starting this blog, if someone were to ask me what opposes warmth, I would reply with coolness or someone with a cold personality. I would never have thought of someone who wasn’t warm as hateful or incompatible, but through these blogs I can now see why someone who is not cold could be considered incompatible or filled with hatred or indifferent.

As mentioned in a previous blog, warmth is a vital leadership characteristic because people who are warm are approachable and understanding, therefore the antonyms above fit perfectly. If you were a leader without a warm personality, others may see you has cold and hateful or even apathetic.

Mother Nature and Jack Frost are perfect examples of a warmth synonym and antonym. Mother Nature embodies compassion, affection, and sincerity. These traits are commonly associated with warmth and a warm personality. In Greek myth, the change in seasons was explained as the periods of sadness Demeter experienced when her daughter was down in the underworld with Hades. Mother nature is also connected with pregnancy, a natural phenomenon. Mothers need to be nurturing and affectionate in order for their children to grow up properly. Mother nature may as well be warmth.

While, Jack Frost on the other hand, embodies chill, coolness, and hatred. As a character, Jack Frost is more than often portrayed as a sinister, mischievous man. He is heartless and cold to those around him. In the movie Fred Claus, Jack Frost tries to sabotage Fred from saving Christmas because he is not compassionate or warm. Jack Frost would be an example of an antonym to warmth because he does not have a warm personality.


Things That Make Us Warm

comforter fireplace fuzzy socks hats pumpkin spice latte scarvessweater uggs winter gloves







Hats, Scarves, Sweaters, Boots, Gloves. All of these are clothing items that we, as humans, wear in order to keep ourselves warm. Hats, scarves, boots, sweaters, gloves, they all entrap the heat our body radiates in order to keep us at a normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. I personally would not be able to survive the harsh winters of New England without boots, gloves, or sweaters.

Fireplaces, comforters, and warm drinks also help us sustain a normal body temperature. Blankets help us stay warm at night when temperatures drop, they’re cozy and soft and all around perfect, at least I think so! A nice cup of coffee or tea by the fire can not only give us a warm tingly feeling inside, it can also keep us physically warm.


Warm Colors

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Red. Yellow. Orange.


These colors are known by the general public as “warm colors.”


In a gardening article done by Cornell University, the effects of warm colored flowers are given. Warm colors, such as shades of red, yellow, and orange, catch a person’s attention because they are energetic and lively. Because these colors draw your attention, yellow flowers have the ability to de-emphasize buildings, as show in this picture.

Warm colors have the ability to make a large space seem smaller and more intimate.

Warm colors are suggested by home decorators if you want to have a cozy feel within your house. They give a lively look, like a warm fire or a sunny day.


Warm colors tend to pop and therefore you can use less of a warm color to make an impact.

Artists, like William Turner, use warm colors to create a feeling for their viewers. When you look at the reds and oranges in this picture, you can almost feel a light, warm breeze blowing on you.

Too much of a warm color can suffocate a room or a painting or a garden, so it’s wise to keep in mind that all colors should be used in moderation with one another.


Warm Hands, Warm Heart


Importance of Warmth to Life

babiesWarmth is something we crave even from a very young age. Babies, when they are first born, need warmth in order to sustain life. Within seconds of being born babies are taken to a heat lamp where they are cleaned and then wrapped in a blanket for the mother to hold. Warmth is especially important to life in colder temperatures, like Alaska or Antarctica. Hypothermia is the condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low. Warmth is a derivative of heat and if there is heat there is warmth and with warmth comes an  increase in body temperature. Humans are warm blooded so they need heat in order to live.

chickenWarmth  is not only a necessity for humans, but birds as well. All birds ranging from chickens to parrots lay eggs and in order to have their chicks hatch, they must keep their eggs warm. Chickens specifically are a good example of the necessity of warmth. If a chicken does not keep it’s eggs warm, it becomes a human’s breakfast.

Without warmth life would not exist.


Warmth- Etymology

warmthThe word warmth can be traced back to the late 12th century from the Proto- Germanic root “warmitho.” In the 13th century warmth became connected to baking through the verb “beek,” meaning to bask in the warmth of something. Then in the 1540s warmth took up a figurative sense through the word ardency, warmth of feeling/ desire. In the mid 14th century, fervor gave yet another meaning to the word warmth, warmth became a symbol of fury, passion, or heat from the latin root fervor. The modern meaning “soak up a flood of warmth” is actually derived from Shakespeare’s use of bask in his play “As You Like It” connecting blood with warmth. The word heat also derived from warmth, in Old English the word haeto meant heat or warmth and from that root, ha-, the word hot came about. In conclusion, warmth has expanded its meaning from the state of being warm or hot, to a feeling or a quality, to fire, to blood, or to sensations.