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Q: Shiver ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Shiver
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: rai130-ga
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Posted: 10 Jan 2005 01:38 PST
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Question ID: 454889
What is the feeling when you get a shiver / tingle down your spine. Or
when your hairs stand up on the back of your neck? What causes it,
what happens and what is it for? Thanks.
Subject: Re: Shiver
Answered By: missy-ga on 10 Jan 2005 16:07 PST

Shivering is the body's natural, involuntary reaction to feeling a
chill.  The skin tightens up, causing hairs to stand up and the
muscles to shake.  Ostensibly, this is to help generate a little body
heat, but it would seem to be very inefficient.

Why do we shiver when we get cold?

Fact Monster:  Why do we shiver?


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Request for Answer Clarification by rai130-ga on 11 Jan 2005 01:18 PST
I think I can't have explained my question very well. I know what
shivering is. I'm talking about when you get that ghostly feeling when
your hair stands on end on the back of your neck when someone makes a
stirring speech or something similar. Don't want to be too overly
patriotic, but I get it when i listen to Churchill's apeeches. Does
no-one else get this?
Subject: Re: Shiver
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 11 Jan 2005 11:47 PST
Yeah, I get that too Rai... but I can't say it's from Churchill's speeches :)

And unfortunately I'm of no help to you because I don't know what in
my body causes it either.

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