TIL: The first snow goggles were made from caribou antler


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-Oldest surviving- snow goggles, not first. stuck_out_tongue

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

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!

Snow-Goggles


#4

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.


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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

Sounds like the work of Howard Roark. If he ever existed.


#7

Yeah, none of the ones made of meat survived.


#8

Tauntaun sleeping bags would be nice in a pinch.


#9

Bark, leather and meat are all, technically, flesh. stuck_out_tongue


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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.


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