Extreme weather events are becoming more and more common, with records shattered down under during Australia's recent heatwave, and now, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the 'polar vortex' turning Midwestern U.S. into a winter wonderland.

The polar vortex is a band of strong winds, high up in the atmosphere that keeps bitterly cold winter season air locked around the Arctic region. Sometimes, like this year, it can drift further south than usual and envelop highly populated areas of North America. Chigaco has been particularly hard hit, with its notoriously windy location on Lake Michigan bringing freezing temperatures down to record-breaking lows.

With much of the Midwest on lockdown and people urged to stay indoors, some people have been braving the winter landscapes to take incredible images of the effects that the extremely cold weather is having on their daily lives. From exploding toilets to icy hairstyles, this list compiled by Bored Panda will give you chills just from looking at it!

#1

How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing

How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing

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Lef
Community Member
1 year ago

That actually looks really cool!

Renee Gauthier
Community Member
1 year ago

It'd be really cool if you added food coloring to the bubble mix.

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Rams Sabado
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1 year ago

even ghosts get frozen 51694310_1...925224.jpg 51694310_1215344621976750_8364075687971127296_n-5c555d3925224.jpg

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I wouldn't want to see that looking in my window...

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I'm Special
Community Member
1 year ago

you do realize that they are just vaping into bubbles, if they were to freeze they would fall?

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Freezing them wouldn't make them heavier

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Now we can actually catch them!

Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Wonder what it's like to see them pop.

Michael John Aragon
Community Member
1 year ago

You got some Elsa ice powers

Ula Serzysko
Community Member
1 year ago

And he has no gloves on! 😨

Lila Launehase
Community Member
1 year ago

And no scarf and the jacket is half open...

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Sage Jay
Community Member
1 year ago

He's not wearing gloves???

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

That magic!!!! 🧙🏻‍♂️🧙🏻‍♀️✨🧞‍♀️🧞‍♂️✨🔮

Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

ice balls

Katie Rahe
Community Member
1 year ago

I wanna pop it

Genevieve Halloran
Community Member
1 year ago

so cool!!!

Jess De La Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Why does the person blowing the bubbles head appears to shrink Ahahaha or is it just the camera moving away from him?

Silvana Tacchetti-Carelli
Community Member
1 year ago

For all the people slamming the idiots doing crazy things in the cold, and calling them dumb asses etc. Yes it could be dangerous and yes, some kids and adults end up dying. But keep in mind that smoking, drinking, driving, cycling, talking on your cell phone and eating 5 undercooked beans can be life threatening. Cherish the spirit that gets someone off their couches and tv shows computers and video games to briefly be motivated enough to appreciate the wonder and awe of nature at this time. As dangerous as it is, it’s fascinating and tapping into the minds of those who gazing out their windows and appreciating the fierce beauty of this .

Judi Casale
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, that is cool!

Judi Casale
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, that looks cool!!! I should have tried that at home.

Georgann Haeffner
Community Member
1 year ago

My grandsons tried this. It really worked!

Kidha Gray
Community Member
1 year ago

sic

Lori Flores
Community Member
1 year ago

THAT IS SO COOL!!!! COLD.....BUT COOL!!!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

I have heard of this !!!

Jet Hernandez
Community Member
1 year ago

Experiencing unusual things due to the Polar Vortex! Seems like the toll of our disregard to our mother nature ,pounding us with experiences never before seen by our planet and its inhabitants,its really happening now!!

Carol Roeder
Community Member
1 year ago

We could have done that easily here in Fenton, Michigan. At -13 a few days ago it was coold enough to freeze more than just bubbles !

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to see what they look like when you pop one

win saeng
Community Member
1 year ago

no way I need to be there

Arran Walker
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to do that!

Jo B. Ventura Gurule
Community Member
1 year ago

OH MY GOD!!!!

marnidarr
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, poo. I wanted to see them land.

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

That's now on my bucket list (because I live in Sydney, Australia, & it's hard to find anything near this kinda cold nearby)

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Come to the prairies in Canada. He is doing this without gloves and an unzipped jacket. Not a chance he'd be able to do this right now where I live.

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Calli Summers
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG!! I could not live there

Amanda Ford
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude! I should have done this Wednesday when it was this cold! Didn't think about it. :(

Shaun Goff
Community Member
1 year ago

now i wanna try this

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

lol i thought at first he was vaping. that's look so cool!!

Adrienne Early
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like he held the smoke in his mouth then blew it into bubbles.

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Amina Hays
Community Member
1 year ago

That's really cool.

Maggie C
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to do that so bad...

Casper Sand
Community Member
1 year ago

Magic!

Megan Carter
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Austin Hardt
Community Member
1 year ago

what the jesus

CHaRliE
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s vape bubbles

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

@Riski: Really NO!!!

RacconLifeGirlie
Community Member
1 year ago

In Indiana we had to cancel school because kids were getting frostbite waiting at the bus stop. For 10 min. In SOUTHERN Indiana. SOUTHERN!!

TOG/ACOTAR😍
Community Member
1 year ago

don't scroll though this watching Shane Dawson conspiracy theories

Kaminiopolis
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s like a plague. Even California is cold as hell.

Subrata Pradhan
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks magical !!!

Laurie Ostergaard-Overbey
Community Member
1 year ago

we do this with the kids every winter here in MN

TacoMan3000
Community Member
1 year ago

It must be REALLY cold

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

yea that's cool

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a group of orbs.

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 year ago

Living in ARIZONA! Whoop Woop! 🌞

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

That's awesome

Huib van Wees (hvwees)
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW! That looks great!

Ilona Barna
Community Member
1 year ago

Ooops!

Patricia Jensen
Community Member
1 year ago

WOW THANKS FOR THIS

Lara
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish I had thought of that!

Sreenath
Community Member
1 year ago

Hello, Ice-Man. Are you from Ice Age!!

Ruth Lynch
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Magdalena Pinto
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Liz McClellan
Community Member
1 year ago

And now I see why my sister in law lives in Minneapolis... 🤣🤣

ShiftyLookinNinjaPandaGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

whoa!

Jen Cox
Community Member
1 year ago

Those are vape bubbles. Saw the video on you tube

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

tres cool

Lowella Arruda
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
1 year ago

How many degrees are we talking about ?

Vicky Jerome
Community Member
1 year ago

Probably -25 to -30 degrees

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Megan Dromgool
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1 year ago

lol bullshit.....smoke filled

Gill Clay
Community Member
1 year ago

X

Susan Torrence
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Amelia Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

so cool

velocirrober
Community Member
1 year ago

That doesn't even happen in Bikini Bottom. 🙄

Amélie Bougie
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in Canada, so winter is actually freaking cold... so how come I never thought about doing that ? It's awesome !

Agnes Costello
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Sissi Holder Gassett
Community Member
1 year ago

This is too cool

Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

My son would LOVE this!

Broken Bay
Community Member
1 year ago

I want to try that.

Linda Dawson Butenhoff
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow

60 year old
Community Member
1 year ago

Saippuakuplia!

Paula Teske
Community Member
1 year ago

If you watch the entire video, he vapes before he blows the bubble.s

Cesi Baca
Community Member
1 year ago

Ha I knew it! I got downvoated for saying he had smoke in his mouth. People don’t want their bubble bursted....no pun intended ; )

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Iveta Toderová
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1 year ago (edited)

this is from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aCzSQ6pUNE from 29.12.2017

Paula Teske
Community Member
1 year ago

If you watch the whole video, he vapes before he blows bubbles.

Riski Oey
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1 year ago

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Really nigga

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#2

My Brother Was On One Of The Few Flights Into Chicago This Morning. He Took This Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan From The Plane

My Brother Was On One Of The Few Flights Into Chicago This Morning. He Took This Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan From The Plane

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Aaron Kara
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1 year ago

WHAAAAT! That's looks amazing

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#3

After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out

After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out

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Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

That actually looks really neat!

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#4

Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded

Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

this is horrible! house may have broken pipes as well.

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#5

My Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago

My Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago

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justa catboy
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1 year ago

I would just carry that around with me.

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#6

A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex

A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

These guys don't get paid enough.

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#7

My God. We've Reached The Day After Tomorrow

My God. We've Reached The Day After Tomorrow

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C
Community Member
1 year ago

That's scary! Well, chilling

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#8

Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather

Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather

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Lef
Community Member
1 year ago

HOW ARE YOU SHIRTLESS IN SUCH COLD WEATHER?!

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#9

Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente

Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

So this is how you summon the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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#10

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

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David Viesta
Community Member
1 year ago

Marge Simpson's early years.

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#11

Current Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole Mingo

Current Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole Mingo

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

Loch Ness Mingo spotted!

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#12

Pray For The Homeless During This Time! Give To Your Local Shelters. Most Are At Full Capacity

Pray For The Homeless During This Time! Give To Your Local Shelters. Most Are At Full Capacity

OMAROSA Report

Amandine Vn
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg even in full capacity you can't let someone outside 😨

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#13

It's So Cold In Chicago They Set Commuter Train Tracks On Fire To Warm Them

It's So Cold In Chicago They Set Commuter Train Tracks On Fire To Warm Them

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Oathbraker
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1 year ago

*Slow heavy metal music playing*

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#14

It's So Cold In Iowa That We Froze Antifreeze

It's So Cold In Iowa That We Froze Antifreeze

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VesSun
Community Member
1 year ago

Where is your god now? :D

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#15

Eye Lashes On Fleek! Is That A Thing? Is This The New Winter Running Fashion Statement?

Eye Lashes On Fleek! Is That A Thing? Is This The New Winter Running Fashion Statement?

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

wow, never experienced this before. It looks dangerous being out there.

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#16

What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather

What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather

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diane a
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow - that must be fun

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#17

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

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Lef
Community Member
1 year ago

imagine wanting to take a poop then finding that your toilet is practically a snow sculpture

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#18

Freezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota

Freezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

Even the invisible man is shirtless!

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#19

When These Are The Inside Doors... You Know We Are Polar Vortexing

When These Are The Inside Doors... You Know We Are Polar Vortexing

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Pumbaa
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks really weird! Like it was in some scifi horror movie..

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#20

Cadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science Mannn

Cadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science Mannn

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David Viesta
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor thing is cold.

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#21

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My MN Apartment As It Reached -40°

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My MN Apartment As It Reached -40°

The idiot must have forgotten he pays my electric and doesn't realize that I value my comfort over safety or energy conservation.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know if you have human rights in America (not many, anyway) but you should be able to prosecute him for that.

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#22

Going To Daycare When It's -30 Outside

Going To Daycare When It's -30 Outside

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2econdSelf
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of the younger kid in A Christmas Story!

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#23

Frozen Chicken Eggs

Frozen Chicken Eggs

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олександра пушкар
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! That looks amazing! Imagine laying it on the frying pan and watching it melt. *went to put eggs outside*

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#24

You Know It's Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The Outhouse

You Know It's Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The Outhouse

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Boudica
Community Member
1 year ago

Be handy after a curry! :-)

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#25

The Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To Canada

The Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To Canada

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Remi
Community Member
1 year ago

"international" skating ring :)

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#26

Got So Cold Last Night That Our Vodka Froze! For Reference The Freezing Point For Vodka Is -16

Got So Cold Last Night That Our Vodka Froze! For Reference The Freezing Point For Vodka Is -16

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Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

Guess Celsius, right ?

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#27

We Had A House Fire South Of Cameron Today. Our Chief Mitch Hansen Thought It Was A Splash Park

We Had A House Fire South Of Cameron Today. Our Chief Mitch Hansen Thought It Was A Splash Park

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

Sweat and freezing weather, so hard to deal with.

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#28

Minnesota's Officers

Minnesota's Officers

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

Did someone shout 'Freeze!'

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#29

Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex

Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
1 year ago

Go home car, you're drunk

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#30

House Is Freezing From The Inside During The Coldest Day In A Decade

House Is Freezing From The Inside During The Coldest Day In A Decade

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JillVille
Community Member
1 year ago

That is scary!

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#31

The Beauty The Cold Brings To South Dakota

The Beauty The Cold Brings To South Dakota

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

I live in southeast Virginia. I can't even wrap my mind around most of these pics.

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#32

This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

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Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's hope the fire department didn't have to use this hydrant!

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#33

This Door At Work In Minnesota

This Door At Work In Minnesota

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

No longer a fire door.

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#34

A Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This Door

A Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This Door

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Pumbaa
Community Member
1 year ago

Better heat it up slowly before it bursts

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#35

Polar Vortex Lesson: Don’t Try To Hang Dry Your Clothes Outside

Polar Vortex Lesson: Don’t Try To Hang Dry Your Clothes Outside

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Genius at work.

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#36

Polar Vortex (Temp. 16 F /-9 C)

Polar Vortex (Temp. 16 F /-9 C)

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

Thanks for telling us a temperature that the rest of the world actually uses.

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#37

My Parents Sent Me This Pic Of Our Peephole (From The Indoor Side)

My Parents Sent Me This Pic Of Our Peephole (From The Indoor Side)

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Holly Palmer
Community Member
1 year ago

You’ll freeze your eye out kid.

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#38

My Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting Icicle

My Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting Icicle

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Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

We are marching to Pretoria - because we won't freeze our a**es off there!

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#39

One Cold Rowdy Dog On The Bulkhead. Still Looking For Leftover Canteen Snacks

One Cold Rowdy Dog On The Bulkhead. Still Looking For Leftover Canteen Snacks

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky
Community Member
1 year ago

ohhh I take you home buddy

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#40

I Just Wanted To See How Long It Would Take For An Egg To Freeze Outside And Also What Would Become Of My Egg

I Just Wanted To See How Long It Would Take For An Egg To Freeze Outside And Also What Would Become Of My Egg

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Merle S
Community Member
1 year ago

Buuuut - how long did it take?

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#41

Cold Spell

Cold Spell

Yes, that is ice on the inside of our house. It's not the first time that ice has formed around our door. We've talked to our landlord and hope to get a new door and door frame in spring when we don't have to worry about getting frostbite about people outside for five minutes. It would really help with our utility bill as well.

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2-10-11
Community Member
1 year ago

A blanket tacked over the door would probably be as efficient and easier to maintain

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#42

It Was So Cold In Chicago That The Paint Came Off My Car

It Was So Cold In Chicago That The Paint Came Off My Car

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

That's probably down to a bad paint job. I'm sure it's supposed to last even in sub zero conditions.

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#43

"No, Believe Me, 'Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly"

"No, Believe Me, 'Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly"

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like fun guys. Must be in their genes.

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#44

Ice Is Freezing As Soon As It Comes Out Of Our Faucet Because It's So Cold

Ice Is Freezing As Soon As It Comes Out Of Our Faucet Because It's So Cold

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Vali F.
Community Member
1 year ago

1. water is freezein, not ice. ice is already frozen. 2. i think it is fake, oterwise the water drops around would be frozen also.

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#45

This Is My Buddy Jesse At The Arrowhead 135 In Mn Yesterday. Day Time Temp Was -26 °F

This Is My Buddy Jesse At The Arrowhead 135 In Mn Yesterday. Day Time Temp Was -26 °F

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Boudica
Community Member
1 year ago

I need to know why the car is on fire!

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#46

In A Matter Of 2 Minutes Walking Across Campus, My Glasses Started To Frost/Ice Over

In A Matter Of 2 Minutes Walking Across Campus, My Glasses Started To Frost/Ice Over

Everyone’s been talking about how cold Chicago is right now. The upper Midwest (I’m talking Fargo area) had windchills up to -60 below zero, ten degrees colder than Chicago. In a matter of 2 minutes walking across campus, my glasses started to frost/ice over.

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Claudia Stieble
Community Member
1 year ago

Last winter I drove my bicycle to work and had to stop after 10 minutes because my glasses were covered with frost patterns, they looked beautiful but I couldn't see anything at all. It was only -14°C that morning.

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#47

My Wall Is Freezing In My Bedroom. There Are No Pipes Behind It. Chicago

My Wall Is Freezing In My Bedroom. There Are No Pipes Behind It. Chicago

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
1 year ago

As I know, most of the houses in America are built on wooden frame, with some isolation foam between wooden planks inside and outside. At the corners either is a slim wooden pole either the isolation is not well connected. Either way, this is bad in the future, the humidity and the wood don't mix well over long periods of time.

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#48

So My Soap Is Frozen In My Shower

So My Soap Is Frozen In My Shower

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diane a
Community Member
1 year ago

Who's even mad enough to attempt a shower in that cold - even if the pipes weren't frozen solid

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#49

It's So Cold Here In Iowa That There Is Now Frost On The Inside Of My Door Hinges

It's So Cold Here In Iowa That There Is Now Frost On The Inside Of My Door Hinges

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Person2638
Community Member
1 year ago

Nature's trying to tell you to stay inside.

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#50

My Beard Froze While Waiting Bus. I Wish It Would Be Summer Already

My Beard Froze While Waiting Bus. I Wish It Would Be Summer Already