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Why Fire Hydrants Don't Freeze And Burst During Winter

The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins back to fire plugs. Water mains that transported fresh water in a city or town used to be made of hollowed out logs buried beneath the streets. Whenever there was a fire and firefighters needed water, they dug up the cobblestone street and drilled a hole into the wooden pipe. After they extinguished the fire, the firefighters put a plug in the hole — called a “fire plug” — before reburying the water main. The plug could then be removed and the same hole used if another fire occurred in the area, saving the drilling time.


7 Essential Self-Heating Garments To Keep You Warm This Winter

Just because the weather outside is frightful, doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors huddled close to a delightful fire. There’s plenty of things to do in the winter that don’t involve shovels or shopping.


Do You Use SAD-Busting Technology During Winter?

Not everyone agrees on how effective light lamps and other tech really are in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder. Do you believe?


A Turntable Snowboard Brings The Party To The Slopes

The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs — sometimes they’re practical, and sometimes they’re downright crazy. And the company’s latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category.


All The U.S. Winter Storms Of 2014 In One NASA Time-lapse Video

NASA has released this compilation video of all the winter storms as seen from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-East satellite, so we can get a bird’s eye view of what’s been wreaking all that havoc over there.


Celebrate The Coming Of Winter Killing Snowmen With Explosives In Slow-Mo

On the first day of spring, Grant “The King of Random” Thompson blew up a snowman to bits and filmed it in slow motion — 150 times slower than real life. It’s oddly satisfying.*


This Town's Hilltop Mirrors Light It Up With Second-Hand Sunshine

Waking up on a dark winter morning is never fun. But imagine if the sun didn’t come up at all. Rjukan, Norway — which is cast into shadow for five months a year — has found a solution. The town is finishing its first winter using a system of mirrors to create an oasis of sunlight during its perpetually dark winter months.


Russians Build A Snow Plow Out Of A Crappy Car - And It Works Pretty Well

Winter came and overstayed its welcome in the Northern Hemisphere. At what point do you make like these Russians and turn your tiny crappy cars into snow plow sleds? I say the next snow. Just hop on the hood of your car and make a friend drive you through and pummel it. Winter is stupid, this type of stupid fun makes it a little less so.


If You Can't Fix Potholes, Use 'Em For Bottle Service

In Montreal, Canada, two artists decided that if potholes are here to stay, they can at least provide a little levity. Photographer Davide Luciano and food stylist Claudia Ficca took to the streets to transform “the bad into good”, after spending $800 on repairs when their car hit a pothole a few years ago.


A Recyclable Cardboard Snowboard That Redefines Shredding

Signal Snowboards has made a name for itself — at least outside of snowboarding circles — with its experiments using unorthodox materials to make decks. The company’s glass snowboard was surprisingly resilient on the slopes, as is its latest creation which was actually made from recyclable corrugated cardboard.


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