3 Facts about bears and lady business

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24 Responses to “3 Facts about bears and lady business”

  1. Mark Lee McDonald says:

    Sooo… what are the implications for FunnyJunk’s mom then?

  2. Everybody knows that in the presence of bears, if it’s a legitimate menstruation, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

  3. Cory Martin says:

    Was this posted by Damon Lindelof? Is he still trying to answer the ridiculous questions that never got addressed on Lost?

  4. Navin_Johnson says:

    Weird coincidence.  Was watching Nova’s “Bears of the Last Frontier” last night, which got me curious about attacks, which got me on the google…   Now this on Boing Boing today..

  5. amnyc says:

    “You can menstruate freely and without fear in the contiguous 48 United States.”

    Yes, but where are the studies on Hawaiian polar bear attacks?

  6. ninjapornstar says:

    I’m sort of surprised that this is necessary. Is it really still “common sense” or whatever that menstrual blood or menstruating women attract bears?

    I’ve been hiking, mountaineering, climbing, etc. since about the mid-late 90′s. I’ve spent LOTS of time in areas with black bears, and some time in areas with grizzly bears (including about a solid month in griz territory in AK). The only time women/menstruation/bears comes up is as an “old wive’s tale” that’s utter nonsense and which no sensible person should believe. In short, I thought we debunked this nonsense over a decade ago.

    That’s not to say that used menstruation products don’t require careful handling and disposal in bear country. They certainly do. It’s just that they get the exact same treatment as food, and really anything else scented and potentially tasty (toiletries, lip balm, sun screen, etc.)

    • Navin_Johnson says:

       Old wive’s tales die hard, and not everybody is a seasoned mountaineer or even a casual camper.  Go out on the street and ask people the best actions in response to surprising a bear in the wild and am sure the variety of answers would be very interesting/funny. 

    • robdobbs says:

      Unless you’re in Polar Bear country. 

  7. GawainLavers says:

    “1) You can menstruate freely and without fear in the contiguous 48 United States.”

    Best line on the internet this morning.  But what about Hawai’i and Puerto Rico?

  8. jerwin says:

    You mean “Dances with Rogues” was wrong?

  9. tomrigid says:

    When I’m tramping with the Missus during her special time I use a custom sling to haul her high into a nearby tree. If we’re in grizzly country I’ll set camp well away from her oestral miasma. We communicate via little Cobra walkies, aka our little “nuzzleboxes.”

    It just makes good sense.

  10. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    Paint me a sexist, I thought this was true. After all, Myth Buster’s never mentioned it. 

    At about 1300 lbs, the polar bear is not surprising the only bear that seeks out any blood scent as possible food source. Average seal weights 350 lbs. An average human would be a snack at 180-220. Although, polar bear probably avoid skinny humans as too many bones, not enough meat.

  11. If you don’t care so much about factuality you can find some more bear facts here: http://bearfacts.info

    I’ve got a github page up to where fellow bear scientists can submit their own findings:  https://github.com/richrad/bearfacts

  12. Deidzoeb says:

    From what I’ve heard from zoologists, bears can’t digest women who are menstruating. If it’s a legitimate bear attack, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

  13. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Most of the bears I know don’t like women.
    And Antinous just smiled….

  14. fight4paece says:

    Well, This is great news! I can’t wait to tell my wife we don’t have to tie her 7 feet up a tree and 7 feet out on a limb at night any more.

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