On Friday, September, 20th the Wisconsin Alumni Association kicked off its annual Parents' Weekend.
UW Sea Grant Institute, committed to informing citizens about everything from invasive species to hypothermia, hosted the Hypothermia Challenge at the Parents' Weekend Exploration Stations event.
The premise of the challenge is for participants to hold their hand in a cooler of 38-degree Fahrenheit water for 45 seconds; the participant is then given 10 seconds to try to pick up as many dimes at the bottom of the cooler as possible. The purpose of this activity is demonstrate how quickly a person loses dexterity in cold water.
Librarians from The Water Library were on hand to capture the 10 Greatest Moments from the event:
10. When this girl's parents were delighted by how much she hated the cold water.
9. When the parents got too wild with our scoreboard. You rascals.
8. When this guy rued the day he ever decided to visit his son at college.
7. This parent's surprised face at the first touch of ice water.
6. When this mother-daughter team prevailed in the face of adversity!
5. When this gentleman's son claimed his dad only succeeded at the challenge because of his, "Ginormous competitive spirit and sausage fingers."
4. When this woman laughed at her husband's pain.
3. Also, this woman's willingness to volunteer her husband for the challenge--all in the name of science!
2. Jim "Ice Cube" Madsen demonstrating his patented scooping technique.
1. Meeting Badger Families from all over! (Aw, so sweet)