Why do arabs wear black clothes in the heat?
I found this article for you monkeyboy! Why do Bedouins wear black robes in hot deserts? Amiram Shkolnik, C. Richard Taylor*, Virginia Finch* & Arieh Borut Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel *Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 Survival in hot deserts has always posed a problem for man; Moses had to solve it in order to lead the children of Israel through the wilderness of the Sinai—a formidable hot desert. It seems likely that the present inhabitants of the Sinai, the Bedouins, would have optimised their solutions for desert survival during their long tenure in this desert Yet, one may have doubts on first encountering Bedouins wearing black robes and herding black goats. We have therefore investigated whether black robes help the Bedouins to minimise solar heat loads in a hot desert. This seemed possible because experiments have shown that white hair on cattle1,2 and white feathers on pigeons3 permit greater pene