Monday, October 26, 2009

Cute and Strange



In parts of the world (like Northern Russia) where the sun disappears in the winter, kids are given UV baths. The ultraviolet light from the lamps helps the children's bodies get vitamin D--a nutrient that would ordinarily be provided by the sun.

And it makes for a super-cool photo.

(Photo from the National Geographic Archive.)

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow that is scary I would HATE that! no sun! WOW p.s. kisrsten email me at lucilleball@textfree.us how do you find this stuff! I need to work on my blog

7:43 PM  
Anonymous WillSing said...

Its cool, i just dont get why they're wearing their underwear, dont they know it'll give you tan lines?

:0

7:58 PM  
Anonymous vendetta said...

weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiird.









but wont they get sunburns or something?

9:30 PM  
Anonymous montana irregular said...

Humm... i wonder if you can get this in montana

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is the store??????
christmas/ nondenominational winter gift giving opportunity... sniff....

11:59 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

thought i was so creepy photo or something until i reead about it.

still think its creepy but smart idea

1:31 AM  
Blogger brave chickens said...

Oh, how ironic.
In Australia, we have the highest rates of skin cancer (melanoma). Aussies love the sun too much!

2:34 AM  
Blogger tanita davis said...

I hate to think of them just... standing there. Someone throw those kids a beach ball!

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it usually cold in places where the sun goes down (and stays there) for parts of the year? If so, wouldn't the kids be freezing their little butts off standing in the living room in their underwear??!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous charstar said...

Hmmm.
Cool & weird,
Im glad I dont have to stand in my underwear.

random but I have a craving for icecream right now..

10:51 AM  
Anonymous 42 said...

Is it only young kids that get the bath? At what age do you stop getting it? And why don't adults get the bath, are they healthy enough?

2:43 PM  
Anonymous KikiStrike20 said...

Now that just can't be good for you

3:25 PM  
Blogger Reel Dancer said...

you know humans who live in that area survived for hundreds of years without that kind of stuff. so why can't we now?

5:39 PM  
Blogger Reel Dancer said...

yeah artificial light a very bad for you!!!!!! this is full of problems

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Clare said...

I read that artificial tanning (at least what people do the U.S) increases your risk of skin cancer by 70%. So yeah Reel dancer, that probably isn't very good for you, and it is probably pretty awkward as well...

6:47 PM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Clare and Reel Dancer: That's true when it comes to tanning beds. But not getting any light can be pretty bad, too. Look up rickets on wikipedia.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous gymnast20 said...

wow this seems really strange to us but i bet tanning outside on the beach must b strange ot them. Not that i do any tanning, my skin is just gets sunburn lol

7:15 PM  
Anonymous 42 said...

Rickets... I'm going outside.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Kiwi said...

interesting...

6:35 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

In ELA last year we watched a fic. movie about kids on Venus. The kids had to use 1 of those because the sun only came out like, once every 8 years

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

has anyone noticed the picture in the background. it's kinda creepy

5:28 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Hmmmm.... Kiki should try that XD She needs a tan lol

5:21 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Actually, i studied that in Psychology. My Mother has seasonal effect disorder, she's freaking angry when its cloudy.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous kira said...

I saw this picture today at the national geographic museum....it was funny! i saw it & then started jumping up & down & squealing that kirsten miller had put it on her blog. some of my friends r blog followers also, and then they started 2 freak out 2! my teachers were looking at us like we had just crawled out of shadow city or something! gosh, i love being a nerd! (no offense to any of you non-nerdy irregulars- love ya!)

7:36 PM  
Anonymous bananaphone said...

are those babies if they are how can they walk in a yong age?

11:06 AM  

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