November 24, 2005 7:35 PM   Subscribe

Here's a question for AskMeFi... Why do your teeth chatter when it's cold? Or... why does one shiver?

OK, I'm going back outside.
posted by cusack to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
To generate heat so you don't die.
posted by pompomtom at 7:43 PM on November 24, 2005

Explained here and here.
posted by wannalol at 7:50 PM on November 24, 2005

Why do men have nipples?
posted by tellurian at 8:03 PM on November 24, 2005

For those too lazy to click the above links, it's so your muscles will heat up from being used, so your body temperature rises.
posted by Geektronica at 9:16 PM on November 24, 2005

For the even lazier, it's nature's heater.
posted by blueberry at 8:47 AM on November 25, 2005

"Good way to avoid frostbite, folks: put your hands between your buttocks. That's nature's pocket."
posted by chrismear at 9:46 AM on November 25, 2005

To avoid being stared at, put your hands in your armpits. That sensation may remind you to keep your gloves handy in your coat pockets.
posted by Cranberry at 1:10 PM on November 25, 2005

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