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
2 years 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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Ionescu Mihaela
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow!

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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
2 years 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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Lef
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2 years ago

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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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David Viesta
Community Member
2 years ago

She opened her car door so fast it left an afterimage.

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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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Cat on a bike
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like staged for someone who hasnt experienced it, its really unbelievable how cold it is.

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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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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent photo!

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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
2 years 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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Major Houlihan Bear
Community Member
2 years ago

Flying bowl Flying noodles

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#10

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

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Lef
Community Member
2 years ago

Unicorns are real after all!

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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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David Viesta
Community Member
2 years ago

Flamingo's secret snow hideout.

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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
2 years 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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alwaysMispelled
Community Member
2 years ago

Yep, saw this on the news

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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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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, this is awkward.

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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
2 years 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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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this how you make snow globes?

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#17

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

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Lef
Community Member
2 years 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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Lef
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder how they did that.

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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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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 years ago

And the Ice man doth visit.

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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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A B C
Community Member
2 years ago

Can someone explain?

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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
2 years 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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A B C
Community Member
2 years ago

Haha, now that looks cute af :D

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#23

Frozen Chicken Eggs

Frozen Chicken Eggs

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олександра пушкар
Community Member
2 years 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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Roger Haywood
Community Member
2 years ago

Handy after a hot 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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Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

Long distance ice skating

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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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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
2 years ago

I keep my alcohol in the freezer all the time and I never saw a bottle freeze. I am amazed and afraid at the same time of the weather there.

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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
2 years 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
2 years ago

Did someone shout 'Freeze!'

A B C
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh wow, that was a darn shallow joke. I like it. :D

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Catpoker88
Community Member
2 years ago

This picture implies there is a nude police officer running about in the snow...

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
2 years ago

Or that the Invisible Man stole a police uniform

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Daniel W Maynard
Community Member
2 years ago

I guess we have have ghost officers

AvengingDragon
Community Member
2 years ago

Say Freeze they said - it will be fun they said.

Idiotnews
Community Member
2 years ago

The crime rate must have fallen to -61.

tarebear
Community Member
2 years ago

Apparently crime is "cancelled", at least that's what some officers are sayin https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article225202800.html

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Criminals are stupid, but not too stupid to come in out of the cold!

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Ms.Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

That guy looks familiar

Fire Infinity
Community Member
1 year ago

Oof

iluvanimals
Community Member
2 years ago

More frozen clothes in Minnesota, this time in Chisago. If it was holding a gun it would be really impressive

Angela Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm in MN and yes it's that cold.

PowerPockett06
Community Member
2 years ago

Again Nd is about the SSA ame but no posts😕

Sharon Attwood
Community Member
2 years ago

Freeze or I’ll shoot!

The Frog
Community Member
2 years ago

Saw this on the the evening News other night (U.K)

Rick
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't miss Fox's hit new crime drama, Ghost Cop! Coming this winter!

Karen Wachlin
Community Member
2 years ago

the invisable man caught!

Karen Wachlin
Community Member
2 years ago

the invisable man caught.

Tracy Wolfe
Community Member
2 years ago

Stop! Freeze! Wait I’ll freeze. No...we all freeze.

Patricia Jensen
Community Member
2 years ago

Once again words fail me

Ray Jacobs
Community Member
2 years ago

ghost patrol!!!

StarKitten
Community Member
2 years ago

Ghost cop

Hobbit Girly
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like they had a run-in with Frozone!

Jan Basterfield
Community Member
2 years ago

😁

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

What Happened to ricks uniform after a zombie stole and walk to far north then decomposed

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

I have seen the guy leaving.

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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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Giovanni
Community Member
2 years ago

hydrocarbons are hydrogen and carbon (duh) people often forgot that burning them means that they combine with the oxigen in the atmoshere so in the end you get CO2 (the bad stuff you have heard off on TV) and H2O, in case you were wondering from where that ice came from.

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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
2 years 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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Wij
Community Member
2 years ago

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Beauty? hell, even siberia has more features. you can only say the prairies are beautiful, only because you haven;t been anywhere. the prairies suck. i should know, i'm from manitoba.

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#32

This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

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David Viesta
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like it had one too many drinks.

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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
2 years 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
2 years 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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олександра пушкар
Community Member
2 years ago

But they would be crispy and fresh afterwards!

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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
2 years 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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Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

A wart!

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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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A B C
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like a tooth where the top half is rotten.

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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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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олександра пушкар
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like these jeans are having a conversation. "Check it out, guys, I froze in such a funny position!"

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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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David Viesta
Community Member
2 years ago

You know what it looks like, right? ... I'm talking about a snow candle, you pervert.

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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
2 years 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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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

That happens in mild cold as well.

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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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Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

Don't you have isolated walls? It's this not standard?

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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
2 years 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
2 years 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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олександра пушкар
Community Member
2 years ago

It happens all the time when the hair is close to your mouth and you breathe on it

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