The Big Think

February 7, 2014

Uphill. Both Ways

Filed under: Travel — jasony @ 8:47 am

Breathtaking Photos of the Coldest City in the World:

“Oymyakon’s lowest recorded temperature was a frigid minus 71.2 C (minus 96.16 F) back in 1924. According to The Independent, wearing glasses outdoors can cause them to stick to the wearer’s face. This is just one of the more menial problems of the extremely cold weather.

Other adaptations locals have to make in their daily lives are more extreme than a short time of nearsightedness or farsightedness when stepping outside. The frozen ground makes it difficult for working indoor plumbing, so most toilets are outhouses. The bitter cold also makes it difficult to dig graves. The ground has to be warmed with a bonfire before a funeral. Locals use heated garages for their cars. Cars left outside need to be kept running, otherwise they will not restart. Planes cannot fly into the area in the winter. And of course the risk of frostbite is great after only a few minutes in the cold.

‘I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into minus 47 C,’ Chapple said. ‘I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips.'”

Wow. Some amazing pics at the link. I’d actually love to experience -96 degrees. Once. Outhouse in that weather? Not so much. You think the kid in Christmas Story had problems…

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Powered by WordPress