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  •  That's not cold (6+ / 0-)

    Even Jack London's To Build a Fire, at about 60 below, isn't in it.

    This is cold.

    300 Club

    The 300 Club is the name given to persons who have endured a range of temperature of 300° Fahrenheit (166°C) within a very short time. The practice originated at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

    The Ceremonial South Pole

    The Ceremonial South Pole, which 300 Club
    participants must run around.

    Participants in the 300 Club wait for a day when the temperature drops to −100°F (-73°C) for more than a few minutes, generally in the winter. The persons first warm up in a sauna heated to 200°F (93°C) for as long as 10 minutes. Then they run naked in the snow to the Ceremonial Pole itself in the −100-degree weather, and run around the Pole. After this, they usually warm themselves back in the sauna again, often with the aid of alcoholic drinks.

    In an earlier version, they just emerged from the sauna and dived into a snowdrift right outside the door. (Personal communication from South Pole neutrino telescope ice drill operator.)

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 10:21:21 AM PDT

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