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Arthur Gehrke, the Human Hibernator

Arthur "Turkey" Gehrke of Watertown, Wis., had an odd habit. Every November he would go to bed and stay there until the following April. He told the press, "I hibernate and don't get into trouble; while I may miss some fun, I also miss a lot of disagreeable things." He also said, "If more folks went to bed all winter, there wouldn't be so much trouble and confusion in the world."

Strangely, his business didn't suffer because of his sleep habits. He owned a bar, the Turkey's Roost. He hired a temporary bartender to replace him during his hibernation, and the publicity because of his hibernating actually attracted extra business.

Gehrke began his habit of hibernating in 1913 and continued it until his death in 1942.

Here's some sources where you can read more about him: The Milwaukee Journal - Sep 29, 1935, Watertown History, and the Wisconsin State Journal.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed May 07, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Eccentrics, Sleep and Dreams, 1930's

Sleep Zodiac

The idea is that your sleeping position indicates your personality. What do you all think?
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Oct 19, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Sleep and Dreams

Robotic Anti-Snoring Bear Pillow

Robotic bear will reach out and stroke your face so gently as you sleep.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 04, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu, Sleep and Dreams

Music for Deep Sleep

Generally, falling asleep while a musician performs is considered an insult. But with these "tunes," I guess it's a compliment!

Enjoy your nap, but don't let the boss catch you snoring!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 16, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Music, New Age, Sleep and Dreams

Inventions of Buckminster Fuller, Part 5: Dymaxion Sleep

This was more a concept than an invention. It is also known as polyphasic sleep, meaning sleeping at more than one interval during a day. Although not really invented by Fuller, he did popularize it and gave it a catchy nickname. Bucky claims to have slept only 30 minutes every 6 hours and did not suffer any ill effects. You can read a story about it in Time Magazine's archives.
Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Wed Jun 10, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Health, Science, Sleep and Dreams, 1940's, Brain

The Lamp of Memory

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 20, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Music, Sleep and Dreams, Surrealism, 1940's, Dance

Too Much Of A Good Thing

You may have heard the warnings that people become more depressed in the winter months because of a lack of sunlight. Now researchers are saying that too much sunlight can be just as bad. The study shows that a lack of sleep is the real culprit. It all comes down to maintaining your circadian rhythm. You can read more about the sunlight issue here, and you can find out what a circadian rhythm is here.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Health, Nature, Science, Sleep and Dreams
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