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!

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
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

Carmen Elena
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Imagine your poop freezes just half its way out...

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K.R.
Community Member
1 year ago

I am guessing by the wood slats, and the small gap in the back right, this is an outhouse?

Wij
Community Member
1 year ago

hey look, a frozen shithole....

B. A.
Community Member
1 year ago

That's an outhouse or state park latrine.

Glenna Tompkins
Community Member
1 year ago

That's an outhouse, hope they have a warm bathroom in the house.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

I don’t think it’s near a house. It’s probably in a park or something.

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Walter Cheego
Community Member
1 year ago

You all in Wisconsin still have out houses? WTH!

Aperture Laboratories
Community Member
1 year ago

imagine your poop freezing as you- oh my god I'm so sorry

Giles Gallie
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this house outdoors?

Erika Valberg
Community Member
1 year ago

That's an old picture of a toilet seat in an outhouse. It's not from this polar vortex.

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

I was gonna say that.

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Meg Dillon
Community Member
1 year ago

thankfully its not yellow snow hahahaha ewwww

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

it's look more like a backhouse. what kind of house doesn't have heat?

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you mean an outhouse?

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Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Poop will be frozen at his exit. New dimension

Emma Utterback
Community Member
1 year ago

Wisconsin is known for cheese, and cheese is known for...

John Backus
Community Member
1 year ago

Would not have sat on there !

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

This is outdoors no inside a house.

Copir
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my gosh it's a dark void of death

Friedel Kammler
Community Member
1 year ago

This will keep you out of reading the newspaper on the Lo

Помаже Бог
Community Member
1 year ago

That's frozen's world entrance.

xXsapphireXx Minecraft
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a portal to another dimension

JessG
Community Member
1 year ago

Ice cream anyone? I only have lemon

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

No chocolate?

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Daniel W Maynard
Community Member
1 year ago

HOW COLD IS IT TO HAVE ICE IN THE TOILET?!

Bored Lazy Lizzy
Community Member
1 year ago

But what if you need to go?

Casper Sand
Community Member
1 year ago

A bottomless pit!

Alireza Sayyah
Community Member
1 year ago

It can make you a shitscream.

Megan Carter
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel bad for anybody who has to pee at midnight

TheBoredPanda
Community Member
1 year ago

Where are you people keeping your toilets!? I KNOW it's not that damn cold inside your houses!

Taryn Jacobson
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

Alyssa Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my god

Anh Minh
Community Member
1 year ago

Remember that Mother Earth butthole picture??

Kaminiopolis
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I’ll just wait till spring...

MammaG
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine heating your bathroom.

Angela Williams
Community Member
1 year ago

oh numbing or what...??/ ouch

Valarie Allardice
Community Member
1 year ago

far out these poor people how are they supposed to go to the loo

Coreen Kerr
Community Member
1 year ago

So where do you "do" your business now??

Phoenix VW
Community Member
1 year ago

Holy smokes!

Paul
Community Member
1 year ago

Black hole

Alex Craig
Community Member
1 year ago

Meanwhile... in Australia everything is on fire in the south and flooding in the north.

Cindy Dallas
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh I don’t think I have seen that before

Vinicius Porto
Community Member
1 year ago

How they do it then?! 😱

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

That's gotta be in a public restroom with no heat. I hope.

Wendy Dyson
Community Member
1 year ago

Incredible!

Alliy
Community Member
1 year ago

why tho!?

marnidarr
Community Member
1 year ago

Picture this: you are frozen to the toilet seat and the toilet seat is frozen to the toilet. Yeah. Ouch.

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
1 year ago

That toilet isn't going to flush much more, and those people will be doing their business in a bucket.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

how much below 0, it have to be cold inside?

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, now waiting for Mr Hanky.

John Kamau
Community Member
1 year ago

I wouldn't dare pee in there, lest the pee decide to freeze, then i'd be in real trouble

Idiotnews
Community Member
1 year ago

...don’t even think about it!

Patricia Jensen
Community Member
1 year ago

Crazy cold, can't imagine it!

Marzena Helena Leino
Community Member
1 year ago

Incredible ...

Shanti
Community Member
1 year ago

Eeeek! How to freeze your bum!

Gabby M
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my...looks like a horror movie.

Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

a buttfreezer

Paan Sy
Community Member
1 year ago

well, well, welllll....

KCN
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh hell no I am not sitting on that.

Dianne Reitz
Community Member
1 year ago

cold?

未周 陸
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, NO! Can't see the Image at where I am! Wow, even this Image is So Frozen Solid that can NOT come through Internet from Wisconsin?! LOL

Shirley White
Community Member
1 year ago

My Lotd!

Amélie Bougie
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, here's the trick : you must turn up the heat when you start feeling cold... not when this happens.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

Well I just do not think so!

Jan Basterfield
Community Member
1 year ago

🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

💩💩💩💩💩💩

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

How can this even happen? Don't you guys have central heating in the US?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks like an outhouse.

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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Does this mean the poos make steam? Or if you were a guy, you would spend time standing there peeing and carving a yellow swath into that ice?

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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.

JohannReddit Report

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

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Jeez, that guy could really use a razor. Or at least some shears.

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