Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hair or Fur?

Yesterday morning we were still aslepp, Chiara comes snuggling, waking me up and then asked absolutely serious "Does Daddy have hair or fur on the front?"

You can easily guess my answer. LOL. I spare you the photo of the sleeping object of the question. LOL.

But how do you really explain the difference to a five year old?

So let's google 'hair' and 'fur'.


Hair is an outgrowth of protein, found only on mammals.[1] It projects from the epidermis, though it grows from hair follicles deep in the dermis. Although many other organisms, especially insects, show filamentous outgrowths, these are not considered "hair" in the scientific sense. So-called "hairs" (trichomes) are also found on plants. The projections on arthropods such as insects and spiders are actually insect bristles, composed of a polysaccharide called chitin. The hair of non-human mammal species is commonly referred to as fur. There are varieties of cats, dogs, and mice bred to have little or no visible fur. In some species, hair is absent at certain stages of life. The main component of hair fiber is keratin. Keratins are proteins: long chains (polymers) of amino acids.

Fur is a body hair of any non-human mammal, also known as the pelage. It may consist of short ground hair, long guard hair, and, in some cases, medium awn hair.

I guess I learned something today, too.

Kurzfassung auf deutsch:

Chiara hatte gestern morgen gefragt, ob Daddy vorne Haare oder ein Fell hat. Klare Antwort = Haare. Aber wie oft sagen wir das sind Haare oder das ist ein Fell. Ich konnbte ihr den Unterschied nicht so einfach erklaeren, deswegen wurde erstmal danach gegoogelt. LOL


  1. That is hilarious!! I can't wait until my Juner can come up with stuff like that!

    - Kate (k8_mom)

  2. That is too funny!! (bbc mama)

  3. Wow Nicloe you were not lying when you said you had a crazy week last week! I hope things are getting back on track.



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