There's a reason goths love the night: Black clothing just doesn't jive with blazing sunshine. Black clothes are hotter; white clothes are cooler -- common knowledge, right? Not to the Bedouin tribes of the Sahara Desert. When the heat starts to reach extremes, the Bedouin locals keep themselves cool by draping themselves in thick, black cloaks, which is the exact opposite of every piece of advice you've ever heard. But centuries of tradition have shown that it actually works, and now science is backing that up.
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"Oh, good, science says it's OK. Hey guys! Science says we can wear black!"
Traditional Bedouin garb is composed of several loose-fitting layers, so the outfit actually serves as a kind of human Thermos. It's true that the black robes are effective at absorbing heat, but that's actually how the whole thing works -- the outer layer is so effective at absorbing the heat that it doesn't radiate further down to the lower layers. But still, you'd expect that the Bedouins would start to bake, just like the center of a Hot Pocket will eventually heat up sometime before your house burns down.
"He put me back in for another 10 seconds, switching the temperature
from 'Cold Void Of Space' to 'Earth's Magma Core.'"