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Gabez
02-22-2010, 06:57 PM
Winter is nearly over (in the Northern hemisphere), but the nights are still cold.

According to Wikipedia, hot water bottles are popular in "developing countries" and "the United Kingdom," though apparently they are rising stars in Japan as well.

Speaking personally, my hot water bottle is, quite simply, a necessity for at least four months of the year. However, I have noticed a great variety of attitudes to hot water bottles, and names that people give them.

Some people don't even use hot water bottles! This is a great shame; they are missing out on a lovely bedtime treat.

I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Astor
02-22-2010, 07:32 PM
I picked the last option, even though I don't share my bed with a 'real live person'.

I do, however, share my bed (with a thicker quilt for winter) with a Dog and a very large Cat.

leXX
02-22-2010, 07:38 PM
Even though I am indeed English, I am very much ashamed to say that I have never used a hot water bottle. Feel free to stone me for blasphemy.

Gabez
02-22-2010, 07:49 PM
I think dogs and cats count as a real live person. They certainly produce a good level of heat.

leXX: never? Not even as a child? :~ What about your own children?

For anyone who hasn't tried a hot water bottle, find one, fill it with boiling water, and secrete it under your covers tonight -- you'll never look back!

jrrtoken
02-22-2010, 07:59 PM
In my country, we can't afford hot water bottles.

Then again, we can't even afford water.

acdcfanbill
02-22-2010, 08:58 PM
I'm one of those weird people who owns a blanket. 5 minutes of sheet coolness followed by a whole night of warmth. Crazy huh?

mimartin
02-22-2010, 09:42 PM
I thought hot water bottles were only used by the very old. I remember my great-aunt having one, but she was like 90.

Of course on the Texas Gulf Coast it doesn’t get that cold. We have a large warm water bottle a few miles away called the Gulf of Mexico.

Mav
02-22-2010, 09:51 PM
wtf is a hot water bottle?

Q
02-23-2010, 03:47 AM
Two words: down comforter.

Ser'eck
02-23-2010, 05:03 AM
Last option.

Being married comes with benefits!

JesusIsGonnaOwnSatan
02-23-2010, 05:33 AM
I have used hot water bottles for quite a few years when i was a kid. I just called it my hot water bottle.

After using it to warm my back, i'd always stick it down at my feet. (man, the neck used to get magma hot.. could really singe you if you're not careful). It was always quite cold by morning, but i always kicked it away in my sleep.

Nowadays, i relinquish any moisture in my body and irradiate myself with an electric blanket. i call it: my electric blanket.

Drunkside
02-23-2010, 07:47 AM
I have a blanket! And i get so hot under it every single night that i dont even use the whole piece of cloth... Even though its -20> degrees celcius during nighttime. Not inside our house. :xp:

K_Kinnison
02-23-2010, 07:54 AM
I have never used a hot water bottle. I keep the heat on (or turned down), and even like to bundle underneath several handmade quilts. Even my cat likes to burrow underneath the covers when he sleeps

Pho3nix
02-23-2010, 07:59 AM
Heck, I'm Finnish and I've never used one

Gabez
02-23-2010, 08:45 AM
Wow, I'm really shocked that so many people don't use hot water bottles!

It's not just about warmth, you know: I like to hug mine (in a protective cloth covering) as I fall asleep. It's a teddy bear for grown ups.

Electric blankets: this is a subject that terrifies me. The danger of wetting the bed and electrocuting myself would make me so tense that I would wet the bed and electrocute myself.

Gurges-Ahter
02-23-2010, 11:51 AM
This is totally foreign to me - I'm trying to decide if those who said they do use it are joking or not. I sleep with the fan on and rarely use any blankets.

Pho3nix
02-23-2010, 12:23 PM
It's not just about warmth, you know: I like to hug mine (in a protective cloth covering) as I fall asleep. It's a teddy bear for grown ups.
You need a woman bro

Jae Onasi
02-23-2010, 12:42 PM
I have a man in bed with me every night, and sometimes my cat decides to warm up on top of us.
We use heating pads over here in the US, and they're waterproof, so no electrocution worries. :D

Trench
02-23-2010, 12:57 PM
I like to stick it to Al Gore and his goons. :dev11: Heater and a light blanket works for me.

Jeff
02-23-2010, 01:20 PM
This is the best poll LF has ever seen.

Though I admit I didn't even know what you were talking about when I read the poll and wondered if you actually drank hot water. Maybe I will try it out tonight.

ChAiNz.2da
02-23-2010, 01:44 PM
I have tricked a real live person to share a bed with me and they absorb my heat like a parasite.

Can you even still buy one in the states? :raise:
Haven't seen one in gawdz knows how long...

As for me, I'm one of those odd people that generate an exorbitant amount of body heat.. nothing more than a sheet and barely that at times.. otherwise it gets way too toasty.

The better-half and my cats don't complain though, seems *I'm* their proverbial water bottle :xp:

Te Darasuum Mandalor
02-23-2010, 03:30 PM
I live on the sun! LOL

mimartin
02-23-2010, 04:44 PM
Maybe I will try it out tonight.Get one with one of those special attachment. :dev14:

Pick up anything on the floor between you and the bathroom first. :thmbup1:

Hallucination
02-23-2010, 04:47 PM
As for me, I'm one of those odd people that generate an exorbitant amount of body heat.. nothing more than a sheet and barely that at times.. otherwise it gets way too toasty.
I wish I were like that, I've been told a few times that I feel like death.

@Topic: I use blankets and the fetal position as needed.

jawathehutt
02-23-2010, 06:37 PM
I live on the top floor of my dorm. Even with the window open it still sometimes feels like the middle of summer despite being winter in Wisconsin. Aint physics grand! And when that fails I have a slanket. Snuggies for cool people.

Gabez
02-23-2010, 06:47 PM
A slanket... why am I only just now finding out about this? Never heard the word before, but googling it shows the most amazing images.

A blanket and a dressing gown in one!

http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~hunicke/blog/images/slanket.gif

This is what Obi Wan Kenobi would wear if he really let himself go.

Det. Bart Lasiter
02-23-2010, 10:23 PM
i get used as a pillow by my current romantic interest in exchange for my body heat.

Samnmax221
02-23-2010, 10:54 PM
I am a secret anglophile, I should go buy one.

Stream
02-24-2010, 03:25 AM
Wow, I'm really shocked that so many people don't use hot water bottles!

It's not just about warmth, you know: I like to hug mine (in a protective cloth covering) as I fall asleep. It's a teddy bear for grown ups.

I have an Eeyore cover on mine.

Electric blankets: this is a subject that terrifies me. The danger of wetting the bed and electrocuting myself would make me so tense that I would wet the bed and electrocute myself.

Quality.

Astor
02-24-2010, 04:16 PM
A slanket... why am I only just now finding out about this? Never heard the word before, but googling it shows the most amazing images.

A blanket and a dressing gown in one!

http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~hunicke/blog/images/slanket.gif

This is what Obi Wan Kenobi would wear if he really let himself go.

According to the advert i've just seen, I believe they're called 'Snuggies' over here, and you can get them from ASDA or your nearest JML stockist.

Totenkopf
02-24-2010, 05:07 PM
That's actually the first term I heard over here for them as well.

As for hot water bottles, rarely have ever used one.

LordOfTheFish
02-24-2010, 08:14 PM
It's to hot where I live to use one of those things. I just pile on the blankets when needed.

Te Darasuum Mandalor
02-25-2010, 04:51 PM
Ohh no! I HATE the snuggie! They come in 3 colors.



Yucky yellow!

retarded red!

And blue!


I used to have a hot water bottle, but I only used it once in my life. I just drink hot stuff usually (tea, hot cocoa, and COFFEE) I also share a bed with my dog and I sometimes lay on my old duck pillow I named "Ducky" when I was three. That is usually during car rides though. Also, my aunt made me something called "The Quillow" which is half quilt half pillow. Much better than "The Snuggie" or "The Sack."

TSR
02-25-2010, 05:13 PM
The whole concept is lost on me. I'm honestly shocked and alittle saddened that people still use them.

Dammit, 10 years ago i was told we'd have flying cars by now, and people are still using hot water bottles? I don't know what the hell i payed the maker, but when i bite the dust i'm going to demand my money back.

jawathehutt
02-25-2010, 07:06 PM
According to the advert i've just seen, I believe they're called 'Snuggies' over here, and you can get them from ASDA or your nearest JML stockist.
There's actually a difference between the two. The main difference is cost and quality. Slankets cost $15-20 more but are a lot bigger and warmer. And I've worn both, snuggies are as useful as wearing an old beat up towel for warmth. Slankets have the warmth of a very warm blanket and are much longer reaching, I'm a tall person and it still drags on the floor when I wear it like a robe. Also, slankets come in waaaaay cooler designs.
Like mine looks like this http://www.theslanket.com/images/large/pirate_LRG.jpg
Thats right, its a pirate slanket.
And they sell slankets on skymall, the mall of the Gods.

The Betrayer
02-26-2010, 06:50 AM
What in the seven circles of hell is a hot water bottle?

Also, no Yoda love? :(

Te Darasuum Mandalor
02-26-2010, 07:58 AM
Ahh, I see you read inferno. And BTW, a hot water bottle is something people who aren't married or are old to warm themselves up. Its like this plastic thing you fill with hot water from a kettle, and then you put a cover over it and sleep with it so it will warm you up.

Gamma097
02-26-2010, 08:11 AM
I've never even heard of a hot water bottle until I read this poll. I use the heater and blankets.

Gabez
02-26-2010, 09:43 AM
The advantage of a hot water bottle over heating is that it saves energy -- you warm up the area underneath your blankets/duvet rather than all of the outside.

a hot water bottle is something people who aren't married or are old to warm themselves up. Its like this plastic thing you fill with hot water from a kettle, and then you put a cover over it and sleep with it so it will warm you up.

Well, modern hotty botties are actually made of rubber, so that they're flexible and huggable. I'm not sure it's only for peoiple who are old or unmarried, either; I imagine that even people who share beds can still be a little chilly under the covers on cold winter nights. Of course, you can survive well enough without extra heat under your covers, but is nice to be extra warm, and farting will only do so much.

Hot Water Bottles will also ease a bad back, or any other ache or pain. They are, I am told, sometimes used for "women's problems."

Here's an example to help the convince the hotty-haters that they are missing out: if you have a double bed, or a wide single bed, you can put your hotty botty in an area of the bed away from you, wait for it to get really mattress-meltingly hot, and then remove the hot water bottle, and roll into the warm area. Ah, bliss!

The whole concept is lost on me. I'm honestly shocked and alittle saddened that people still use them.

Dammit, 10 years ago i was told we'd have flying cars by now, and people are still using hot water bottles? Hot water bottle have nothing to do with progress. If we were all driving hover cars and living on the moon I would still like to feel extra warm and comfortable under my covers. It's a simple pleasure, like hearing the wind howl down your chimney, or the sound of rain on a tin roof.

Also, no Yoda love?

I come from a faraway and arcane land known as "Mixnmojo." It is not our custom to have "Yoda love" there.

Q
02-26-2010, 09:55 AM
Wouldn't a hot water bottle get, well, f'ing cold overnight?

Gabez
02-26-2010, 10:52 AM
Wouldn't a hot water bottle get, well, f'ing cold overnight?

No. The rubber keeps the heat in, and if you have a cover that keeps it warmer for even longer. I'd guess that a hotty botty could stay hot for about an hour, and takes at least two hours to cool down, if it's kept under the covers. Even a cool hot water bottle is never "f'ing cold" -- when hot water loses its heat it turns to "room temperature," which, if it's under your blankets, is still pretty warm.

That said, a hot water bottle that is no longer hot is a burden, and should be cast out of the bed (usually with a satisfying "plop"). There was a joke in the TV series Maid Marrion and her Merry Men in which King Richard threw a pig out of his bed saying "my hot water bottle is cold" (they didn't have rubber botties in the middle ages; only pigs).

Rogue Nine
02-26-2010, 03:24 PM
this is the best poll ever

Jasper_Kazai
02-26-2010, 05:04 PM
I didn't know people have used hot water bottles since the 1800s.

Darth Avlectus
03-01-2010, 04:16 AM
Yea really, no Yoda lovin'? The Hell?!

I'm pretty much in the same boat with MAV, Jeff, The Betrayer, and gamma097. "WTF is that? Never heard of it" ...before this thread anyways...
Now I see what it is. Ehh, I use blankets and pillows. Nothing special and I grew up sleeping in unheated houses where it got below freezing, often.

Then again you're talking to a guy who once was homeless for a time--even if it was only a short time comparatively. Though I recall a few times where it was cold, wet, and inhospitable outside. So I found a carpet shop, and to their cutting scraps bin/shed out back... and burrowed down in there. I daresay it saved my life.
Have used plastic packaging, even digging up dirt. Emergency blankets (aluminum covering bag) and rain ponchos.
I don't want to experience any of that again.

Had pets. Dog not allowed on bed. Cats died a few years ago. Rats tend to be mostly problematic unless it is late morning. There are exceptions, though. Had a few girls here and there for mutual warmth, but those days are gone.

At night, as a semi asthmatic, concerns are more towards keeping the lungs from seizing up and/or accumulating too much fluid when "the condition" decides to return.

Ohh no! I HATE the snuggie! They come in 3 colors.
There was hillarious 4CHAN a meme that read something like:

" Snuggie

Dress your dog in one so it too can look like a douchebag, just like you! "

The meme pic had some little dog in a blue snuggie. Pretty funny actually

ZimmMaster
03-01-2010, 07:08 PM
Not only do I love the cold, I too give off an enourmous amount of body heat (my normal temp is 99.7) no matter how cold it is. So I keep my fan running 24/7 to keep my room at a bearable temp. On a hot (warm or pleasant to others) 70 degrees and up my temp can get over 100 without me being sick. You can see me outside with a short sleeved shirt and shorts at 50 degrees and I will not complain one bit. So I use no blankets, no heater, or water bottle (unless you count one of those big metal/rubber ones that keep the water ice cold that I fill up 5 times a night). I just sleep on top of my comforter. I actually almost died one time because my electricity went off during the night and my temp got to over 105 in a matter of minutes. The doc said I was lucky to be alive. But the point is no, I do not have a hot water bottle.

True_Avery
03-01-2010, 09:38 PM
I just have a bed with a ton of pillows, a few layers of blankets, and a comforter. After 10 minutes the bed is nice and body warm.

Used to be more extreme when I was younger, since I'd build little "nests" out of my pillows. Something about be covered on all sides was comforting.

For a good part of high school I'd cuddle with a long pillow at night, but since then I just have a bunch of blankets and pillows.

Along with my pajamas that I wear on and off, don't need a heating pad or hot water bottle. If anything it would be another distraction when trying to sleep.

M@RS
03-01-2010, 10:11 PM
A thin blanket is good enough for me, I don't have an unusually high body temp. but I prefer being cold rather than warm at night.

urluckyday
03-02-2010, 05:24 PM
USA USA! In other words, I keep my heat on...or just have a blanket handy.

Kyvios
03-02-2010, 07:50 PM
Honestly never heard of a hot water bottle until now, lol

Im old school just use the blanket, don't even need the heat sometimes.

Jae Onasi
03-04-2010, 11:03 AM
A slanket... why am I only just now finding out about this? Never heard the word before, but googling it shows the most amazing images.

A blanket and a dressing gown in one!

http://www.cs.northwestern.edu/~hunicke/blog/images/slanket.gif

This is what Obi Wan Kenobi would wear if he really let himself go.
Or you can just put your bathrobe on backwards as you sit on the couch. ;P

Darth Avlectus
03-05-2010, 05:29 AM
But what's the fun in that? You aren't wasting any amount of money on an item just to make yourself look... like a douchebag. :indif:

No, I don't like the concept of a snuggie. Hot water bottle sounds immensely better and I had never seen one, (let alone heard of it) b4 this thread.

Darth333
03-05-2010, 08:52 PM
Depends where you live...if I weren't "keeping the heating on all night, damaging the environment", I'd be dead in the morning and the "hot water bottle" and/or the "real person" would turn into a popsicle as well...they're announcing -31C (-42C with wind factor) where I will be tomorrow and next week :p

Darth Avlectus
03-06-2010, 12:36 AM
For those Americans, uber-noobz, or too lazy to convert celsius to farenheit, D3 will be in temperatures that convert to -24F (-44F wind chill). Wow. That's the kind of cold that you could outside walk down the street fully clothed and you'd *still* feel naked. The *worst* it gets in some places around me is about -13F (-25C) to -20F (-29C). Thankfully it's only about freezing point at my current whereabouts.

So. Cal was so nice and sunny... :(

Gabez
03-06-2010, 01:09 PM
Wow... -31! That's got to be the North Pole, surely? Or the dark side of the moon?

GTA:SWcity: I wonder if a hot water bottle is good for the lungs? Because you can move it to wherver you want and keep it over your chest to keep it warm. Then again, what works for one person might not work for other people. Your story of sleeping rough sound horrific, but it made me think of how past experiences affect the way you sleep in later life. My dad didn't have heating as a child and (possibly) as a result of this he often sleeps with the window open, because he's become used to cold bedrooms. Or maybe he's just mad.

For the people who think a hot water bottle is old fashioned: actually, a hotty botty is a modern technological marvel. If you go back to the 1800s then I think you'd have a metal cask with hot coals in (as featured in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie; the coals were then dropped on Mackenzie Crook's face). I was once in a room at an old people's home, where we were discussing how they slept as children. Many people had hot bricks from the oven, or even the grill from the oven, still warm from the evening meal, heating up their bed -- and with their sisters and brothers in the bed too!

Rogue Nine
03-06-2010, 01:16 PM
Wow... -31! That's got to be the North Pole, surely? Or the dark side of the moon?
FYI: Darth333 is a polar bear.

I have also come up with a name for my hot water bottle. I have dubbed it "Botty Too Hotty."

Hallucination
03-06-2010, 05:31 PM
FYI: Darth333 is a polar bear.
ITT: Rogue Nine calls D333 fat.

Darth333
03-07-2010, 02:51 PM
Wow... -31! That's got to be the North Pole, surely? Or the dark side of the moon?It is well within the Arctic circle (aver. yearly temp. of −17 °C )...

Still even at my "usual" location (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) I don't know of anyone using hot water bottles... not only it would be very uncomfortable (and deadly) during wintertime but water pipes & al would also freeze.

That's the kind of cold that you could outside walk down the street fully clothed and you'd *still* feel naked.Fortunately, it is a "dry" cold and if one is well dressed (no matter what some people say, nothing stops the cold as white goose down and sealskin mitts - crappy synthetic stuff feels like paper and the constant wind just gets through - ) the cold doesn't penetrate the clothing and it can be far more comfortable than at higher temps with humidity.

ITT: Rogue Nine calls D333 fat. I still have a lot of catching up to do to survive at those temps like polar bears do :p

Darth Avlectus
03-07-2010, 04:28 PM
GTA:SWcity: I wonder if a hot water bottle is good for the lungs? Because you can move it to wherver you want and keep it over your chest to keep it warm. Then again, what works for one person might not work for other people. Your story of sleeping rough sound horrific, but it made me think of how past experiences affect the way you sleep in later life. My dad didn't have heating as a child and (possibly) as a result of this he often sleeps with the window open, because he's become used to cold bedrooms. Or maybe he's just mad.

I'm sort of the same way. I can handle cold if it's inside air. Not always opening a window: Dry sharp outside air makes you prone to cutting sinus infection, wet air tends to exacerbate the temp. hot or cold.

The semi-asthma is mild to moderate. It comes back at any time regardless of weather unfortunately. Usually only attacks when I sleep.

However, due to this I am more weak in any case (asleep or awake) against fluid in the lungs be it drainage or pneumonia. I'm ok when the lungs are normal, but with fluid buildup, anything below 10F is crippling b/c I can't stop coughing.

Gabez
03-07-2010, 04:42 PM
Still even at my "usual" location (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) I don't know of anyone using hot water bottles... not only it would be very uncomfortable (and deadly) during wintertime but water pipes & al would also freeze.

Well, you can have a hotty botty and still have the heating on... and you might still be able to reduce the heating a bit if you made yourself warmer under the covers.

Liverandbacon
03-10-2010, 02:38 AM
I tricked a real person with full intent to be a heat leech. However, my plan backfired, as it turns out I produce much more heat than most people, so she's ended up being the heat leech. I guess I deserved it for my treacherous plan.

Khanie
03-10-2010, 03:12 PM
I use a wheat pillow. Does that count?

Lady Jedi
03-10-2010, 08:41 PM
I was a bit torn between the last two, but 'Take that Al Gore' won me over. I don't however leave my heater on all night. I favor an electric heating pad on my frozen feet. Mmm, toasty!

On a side note: If I did use a hot bottle, it would most definitely be my Most Pleasurable Hot Sack. ;)

Gabez
03-11-2010, 08:08 AM
I use a wheat pillow. Does that count?It doesn't count as a hotty botty, no, but it counts as something warm and cuddly under the blankets. I'm a bit concerned about microwavable wheat pillows, though: do they hold the heat in for long enough? Also, is there a chance that lethal microwave radiation will murder you in your sleep?

Khanie
03-11-2010, 02:02 PM
It doesn't count as a hotty botty, no, but it counts as something warm and cuddly under the blankets. I'm a bit concerned about microwavable wheat pillows, though: do they hold the heat in for long enough? Also, is there a chance that lethal microwave radiation will murder you in your sleep?

Nah they don't, but I fall asleep fast. I really only use it for warming up the bed thou, so it doesn't matter. It's faster and I'm lazy P:

Huh.. I saw a cartoon commercial about that once.. I need to find it, it was hilarious I would rather trust my heat pillow than my cellphone. Those sneaky little bastards... They're taking over our minds with their brainwashing little radiowaves! D: THEY'RE GONNA START A REVOLUTION, I JUST KNOW IT.

Gabez
03-11-2010, 02:12 PM
Welcome to the forums, btw!

It is all as mad as this.

mur'phon
03-15-2010, 10:26 AM
Never used one, a thick blanket will keep you warm in -31C, even with a window open (exceptions for those stupid enough to take a shower right before they go to sleep).

Allronix
03-21-2010, 08:38 PM
I've got a microwave heat pack (beans sewn into polar fleece) that I'll nuke and keep near my feet. I just call it "the heat wrap." I also have two cats who are most upset if they don't get to crawl under the covers. The sixteen pound moose of a cat is VERY insistent about wanting to be on my lap.