#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, February 10th, 2014 13:55
#2 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, February 10th, 2014 14:14
-Oldest surviving- snow goggles, not first.
Antler preserves much better than other, easier to to obtain and/or shape materials like tree bark or leather, which are more likely to have been what the actual "first" such items were made out of.
#3 By: Matthew Yriart, February 10th, 2014 16:34
Check out these snow goggles in the Smithsonian that my great grandfather brought back from St. Lawrence Island in 1913. You'll see exactly where Kanye got his inspiration!
#4 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, February 10th, 2014 20:13
I have seen snow goggles with caribou fur insulating from the bone/antler, in casing the goggles.
Edit, wolf or caribou fur will not freeze with moisture and ice up, under normal conditions. There is always 'that point' as the mercury descends.
#5 By: Jon Sowden, February 10th, 2014 20:20
Huh. When I was a kid ... 30-mumble years ago ... I had a pseudo-scientific book about gnomes. it was kinda cool. Anyway, one of the things in it that I distinctly remember was that in wintertime the gnomes would make themselves sunglasses that used exactly that technique.
I've also seen a lot of buildings which use that technique to reduce the internal glare on sunny days.
#6 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, February 10th, 2014 20:33
Sounds like the work of Howard Roark. If he ever existed.
#7 By: William_Holz, February 10th, 2014 20:57
Yeah, none of the ones made of meat survived.
#8 By: bombblastlightningwaltz, February 10th, 2014 21:07
Tauntaun sleeping bags would be nice in a pinch.
#9 By: TheGlitchEcliptic, February 10th, 2014 22:50
Bark, leather and meat are all, technically, flesh.
#10 By: Brent Miller, February 11th, 2014 01:47
There are statues from pre-historic Japan, dated to roughly 2500-3000 years ago that depict strange alien-like figures with big googly eyes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shak%C5%8Dkidog%C5%AB#Shak.C5.8Dkidog.C5.AB
They're thought to be depictions of people wearing snow goggles.
#11 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, February 15th, 2014 13:55
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