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Leetha
03-02-07, 12:28 AM
Where do Eskimos go to the toilet? Igloos look too small to include a bathroom, but if they went outdoors at night they might be eaten by a polar bear which would be attracted by the smell.

vslayer
03-02-07, 12:33 AM
a polar bear would be attracted to that smell?

leopold
03-02-07, 01:20 AM
interesting question.
i would assume they would cut or chop a hole in the ice.
but seeing as it is really cold the stuff might freeze in a short while so they might just go outside and relieve themselves anywhere.

globenstein
03-02-07, 05:25 AM
Eskimos live in houses and use snowmobiles. They still hunt but they don't live in igloos.

tablariddim
03-02-07, 06:34 AM
Eskimos live in houses and use snowmobiles. They still hunt but they don't live in igloos.

But they used to. They probably had a corner that they did it in and then covered the mess with snow, the smell would have been subdued by the cold.

spuriousmonkey
03-02-07, 07:19 AM
People always tell children here not to eat the yellow snow.

invert_nexus
03-02-07, 08:31 AM
The perfect segue into Frank Zappa lyrics:

(well, right about that time people
A fur-trapper (who was strictly from commercial)
Had the unmitigated audacity to jump up from behind my igloo (peekaboo) )
And he started into whippin on my favorite baby seal
With a lead-filled snowshoe)

I said, with a
Lead-
Filled
With a lead filled snowshoe
He said, peekaboo
I said, with a
Lead-
Filled
With a lead filled snowshoe
He said, peekaboo
He went right upside the head of my favorite baby seal
He went whap with a lead-filled snowshoe, and
He hit him on the nose and hit him on the fin, and he
That got me just about as evil as an eskimo boy can be. so I bent down
And I reached down, and I scooped down and I gathered up a generous
Mitten-ful of the deadly yellow snow

The deadly yellow snow, from right there where the huskies go!

Whereupon I proceeded to take that mittenful of the deadly yellow snow
Crystals and rub it all into his beady little eyes with a vigorous
Circular motion hitherto unknown to the people of this area, but destined
To take the place of the mudshark in your mythology
Here it goes,the circular motion, now rub it!

(here fido)

And then
In a fit of anger
I pounced

And I pounced again

Great googly moogly!

I jumped up and down on the chest of the him

I injured
The fur trapper

Well he was very upset, as you can understand
And rightly so, because the
Deadly yellow snow crystals had
Deprived him of his
Sight

And he stood up, and he looked around, and he said

I cant see
I cant see
Oh, woe is me
I cant see

Well.....you know
I cant see
Nothin

He took a dog-doo snow cone and stuffed it in my right eye
He took a dog-doo snow cone and stuffed it in my other eye
And the husky wee-wee
I mean the doggie wee-wee
Has blinded me
And I cant see
Temporarily

Well, the fur-trapper stood there, with his arms outstretched across the
Frozen white wasteland, trying to figure out what he was going to do about
His deflicted eyes. and it was at that precise moment that he remembered
And ancient eskimo legend, wherein it is written (on whatever it is that
They write it on up there) that if anything bad ever happens to your eyes
As the result of some sort of conflict with anyone named
Nanook,
The only way you can get it fixed up is to go

Trudging across the tundra
Mile after mile
Trudging across the tundra

Right down to the parish of st. alphonzo

phlogistician
03-02-07, 09:40 AM
But they used to. They probably had a corner that they did it in .

A corner? In an igloo? Man, yould be up all night trying to find it.

leopold
03-02-07, 08:36 PM
The perfect segue into Frank Zappa lyrics:

ah, the great apostraphe album yes?

you wouldn't happen to know where i might procure a copy would you?

invert_nexus
03-02-07, 08:57 PM
http://www.demonoid.com/

Unfortunately, you need a membership and apparently, they just closed down open registrations which mean they won't be open for another month or so...

I could, I suppose, send you an invite. You'd have to promise to keep your ratio up though as it could affect my membership.


Wait.
Here's on in APE format:
http://thepiratebay.org/search.php?q=apostrophe

Roman
03-02-07, 09:02 PM
The 'honey bucket'. What a euphemism.

draqon
03-02-07, 09:04 PM
Where do Eskimos go to the toilet? Igloos look too small to include a bathroom, but if they went outdoors at night they might be eaten by a polar bear which would be attracted by the smell.

actually polar bears use the poop to warm themselves up...so the bears dont eat up Eskimos because the bears will know there is warm poop to come to warm them up. And no I didn't make this up, its thermal conservation.

spidergoat
03-02-07, 09:10 PM
Well, I had to know, so I did a google search and found...


Report from Emily Waddell
Sleeping in an igloo really is an experience! Last night, Me (Emily), Charlie, Will, Josh, Ems, Ed ,Sarah and Phil allhad the privilge of spending a night out with all out kit! I waas so excited and couldn't wait to do the thin that really wolr set ooff the whole experience. We were not allowed to eat befroe hand bcause we went for the whole effect in cookin in the igloo! We walked over to the spot and I know I was pleased to se it still standing! We placed every thing insed and clambered in caking sure no one put snow into the tent or there really would be trouble with Phi! How many people cansay that they ahve slept in an igloo? It was amazing and Charlie and I are very pleased taht we didn't talk or giggle for too long! Going to the toilet was a totally new expereince but I'lll leave it at that!... Again, another memory that will stck with me forever. Absolutely fantastic!

Close but no cigar. Then...

The work after an iglu is built

When the other inside work is completed, a gothic shape opening of approximately 70 cm high is made in front, and always lower than the iglerk (bed platform). The reminder of the iglu interior surface becomes the floor.
Next, the man builds a smaller iglu leaning on to the big one. The same building method is used. This iglu will be the porch, shed, refrigerator, deep-freeze, etc. It’s floor will be approximately 10 cm lower than the floor of the main iglu and it will be less insulated. Then the wind-break is built. This wind-break, two or three blocks in length and height, has a form of an extended semi-circle. While the man, and possibly a helper, are building from the inside, his wife and daughters work outside shoveling snow onto the walls. Soft, or pulverized snow (shaaksak) is used for this. A layer of 30 to 40 cm of this snow is shoveled onto the base of the iglu wall. This layer will gradually become thinner until nothing is shoveled onto the roof. This snow layer insulates the iglu.
The frame of the snow-shovel (puagri) was made from the caribou antler. Pieces of seal skin were attached to this frame to make the blade of the shovel. The base of the frame was sharpened and the shovel had two handles. One handle was on the top and the other was in the middle. Both hands were used for shoveling. More recent home-made snow shovels are made with thin, light wood.
Sometimes another small shelter is constructed where the porch leans to the main iglu. Its form will be an open half circle on approximately 1 meter in diameter. It serves as a bathroom.

http://www.arcticomi.ca/iglu.html

So, it seems the small igloo we are used to seeing is probably for hunting and not as permanent. They actually built groups of igloos that were connected inside, with rooms that served different purposes.