To sleep, perchance to dream
First publishedin World Highways
Police in Sweden had to deal with a rather tricky individual recently who was attempting to hibernate in his car. The man had been found a few hours earlier by two snowmobile drivers. Seeing the snow-covered Jeep Cherokee, the snowmobilers were concerned that someone had crashed and was trapped inside. The car did not contain any drink or drugs and the man spoke coherently with the snowmobilers but they were concerned at his condition as well as the overpowering smell from inside the vehicle, and contacted the local police. On arriving at the scene the police managed to talk to the man, who was both dehydrated and emaciated, and managed to convince him that he needed medical attention in hospital. The driver had parked deliberately away from any main road and down a forest track and told police that he wished to hibernate for the winter. He had equipped his vehicle with items including cooking utensils, a spare battery, kitchen towels, a cool-box to store food, a flask and a sleeping bag, as well as ensuring he had plenty of cigarettes.