Fun The Salina Journal Wednesday, January 15,1986 Page 21 Humans just aren't winter-ready The Far Side Crossword By Eugene Sheffer A lot of animals hibernate in the winter with success. Humans are not one of them. Researchers say people who live in the snow belt suffer from winter depression attacks that bring on "dark moods" and they don't know why. There is one theory that suggests our ancestors hibernated much as bears do. They just slept through the long winter. Another study proposes that our ancestors stored fat for the coming winter. (I'll buy that!) Still another trick of early survival was instead of mating all year around, they timed their reproduction so that the young were born in the spring or summer. Whatever they did, they did it in a full-length fur coat and did as little as possible. The trouble with humans is they carry on in winter with "business as usual." If the snow covers their driveway, they remove the snow. If ice threatens their car, they cover it with a blanket. If there is a life-threatening blizzard, they get a snowplow to take them to the beauty shop. I say humans are not physically or mentally prepared for winters. It's a Tank McNamara Erma Bombeck LOS ANGELES TIMES time when they put on fur-lined boots, a coat, heavy gloves, scarf and hat to go to the mailbox to discover a card from Ed and Lois from St. Petersburg with a pink flamingo on the front of it and a message, "Please keep Killer for another week. Decided to stay over." It's a time when an Act of God closes schools and as soon as their kids arrive home, they con mothers into driving them back to the schoolyard to "play." It's a time when their backs go out more than they do. Little things bother people in the winter months that they ordinarily could slough off. Having a stranger say, "Have a good day," is grounds for assault. What do they know about you? What is good? What is day? If you wanted advice from them, you'd ask for it. Having all their warranties on a winter schedule really ticks them off. You'd think manufacturers would stagger them out so that some appliances would break down in the summer, but no, all of them are timed to expire on a weekend during the worst storm in history of the state. I an intrigued by the hibernation theory. No wonder bears are so frisky in the spring. Did they sit around and watch the garden hose swell and burst? Did they watch the plastic house plants drop and fall off the stem from the weight of the dust? Did they sit by the window and watch the mailbox rust and drip down the side of the house? Researchers have also hit upon something else. Light can brighten your depressive moods in the winter. A flourescent bulb or ray from a lamp can make youfeel good again. Maybe. But if anyone hits a light switch before I clean this dump, I'll break their arm. 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