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Old 10-15-2002, 12:01 PM
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Why do nipples stick out when its cold?

When its cold, body parts that stick out like fingers, toes, ears and noses are in danger of frostbite. So why do nipples harden and protrude when it's cold out? Doesn't this make them suceptible to frostbite?
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:08 PM
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Certainly some kind of bite.
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:08 PM
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WAG - related to the goosebumps thing. i.e. hairs raising to trap air (although our coats are thinner now ).
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:11 PM
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Because there are teeny muscles in there that are actually trying to erect some warm, furry hairs, to help trap air and keep you warm, the same way goosebumps on your arms are actually teeny muscles that are raising your arm hairs to help keep you warm. Unfortunately, the teeny muscles don't seem to realize that the warm, furry hairs have been evolved away and aren't there anymore, depending on the gender and hairiness of the primate in question, so they're laboring in vain to keep you warm.
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Old 10-15-2002, 12:24 PM
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Why do nipples stick out when its cold?

Because they can?
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Old 10-15-2002, 01:20 PM
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I, for one, don't quite understand how erect nipples are a turn-on for men. Is it just a reminder that they're there for those of you who've browsed through too many airbrushed Victoria's Secret mags?
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Old 10-15-2002, 01:30 PM
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If they're looking for attention, they've got mine!
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Old 10-15-2002, 01:33 PM
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It's kinda like when you get home and your pet comes running up all happy to see you.

We like friendly.
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Old 10-15-2002, 01:37 PM
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Uh, Cat Fight, I suspect the appeal of erect nipples is that it is also a sign of sexual excitement in women.
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Old 10-15-2002, 01:39 PM
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You mean... some people have *hair* on their nipples?? Ewwww!!
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Old 10-15-2002, 01:55 PM
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Ah, yes. Another one of those things that I like about cold weather.
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Old 10-15-2002, 02:06 PM
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C'mon, Cat Fight. This is easy to understand.

Sexual arousal in another is itself sexually arousing. Nothing turns a guy on like a woman turned on by him. And erect nipples are a common indication of arousal in a woman.
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Old 10-15-2002, 02:07 PM
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If erect nipples turn guys on, that's enough reason for them to get erect.

While that sounds perverse, in evolutionary terms, it actually has value.

Erect nipples beget erect nipples.

Bless evolution.

(FTR, nothing is better than sitting in a cold conference room with some professional women hot shots who can't keep their nipples from stcking out of their clothes when the A/C is blasting. It' ssweet revenge for guys who had their organ take over at awkward moments growing up.)
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Old 10-15-2002, 02:37 PM
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So you can perch a prakeet on them silly people. Of course some nipples don't uh, have the right angle of dangle, for perch useage. In that case just let your fruit bat hang from them.
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Old 10-15-2002, 02:37 PM
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The alveoli-nipple area is the only part of the breast that contains muscle fiber. This area is extremely sensitive, and, because of the muscle tissue in it, can become erect if touched or exposed to heat or cold. - http://www.usps.com/judicial/1985deci/19-105.htm

This contraction happens (most muscles) to reduce surface area for heat loss.

Regarding why you have goose bumps - check this NSF site - http://askvrd.org/askNSF/knowledgedb...=640&ques=1462
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Old 10-15-2002, 02:42 PM
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[parakeet voice]
Nipples are good.
Nipples are good.
[/parakeet voice]
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Old 10-15-2002, 06:46 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by andy_fl
The alveoli-nipple area
I thought the alveoli were in the chest not on the chest.
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Old 10-15-2002, 09:07 PM
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andy must mean aereola-nipple area. I certainly do.
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Old 10-15-2002, 09:42 PM
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andy must mean aereola-nipple area. I certainly do.
CC is right. Thanks for the correction.
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Old 10-15-2002, 10:54 PM
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Since we've settled the question, can I smack lieu?
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Old 10-16-2002, 02:14 AM
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Re: Why do nipples stick out when its cold?

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Originally posted by gingersnap
So why do nipples harden and protrude when it's cold out?
You know this is coming..


Wait for it....

Ok. now.

Cite please
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Old 10-16-2002, 10:58 AM
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Hey, I'm just saying, I can't think of a single time my nipples have been visibly erect in public because of something sexual. Unless I'm attracted to cold breezes and stimulation (unintended, people. with foreign objects. oh christ. you know what I mean, like with a door or something). I hope no boys have actually thought my "party hats" (by the by, I'm 12 yrs old) were for them.
I guess this can be chalked up to another difference between the sexes- I can't picture women nodding, grinning and staring at a man who standing by the window with an erection noticeable to everyone but him.
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