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Russia Minus 88.6 Degrees Means Eyelashes Freeze

By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:06 AM

Russia eyelashes freeze when it's minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the world’s coldest village, in Oymyakon, Russia — cold enough to shatter thermometers.

Named after the Oymyakon River, which means “unfrozen patch of water” or “place where fish spend the winter,” the town is home to 500 residents that are unfazed by the cold in a place where the ground is permanently frozen, The UK Independent reported.

Although one part of Antarctica has gotten as low as minus 133 degrees F, Oymyakon is the coldest place with permanent residents, and for them, life goes on even in the extreme cold, according to Wired. Kids go to school even when it’s minus 67 degrees F, people eat frozen meat, and some keep their cars running 24 hours a day so the engines don’t freeze up.

The nearest city to Oymyakon is Yakutsk, which is 576 miles away and takes two days by car because planes can’t land in winter.

When Oymyakon residents want to bury someone who has died, they have to warm the ground with a bonfire for a few days before they can put them in the ground, Wired reported.

Amos Chapple, the photographer for the Wired story, got frostbite on his thumb from a few minutes of climbing a tower in order to take a photo of the town from above.

Twitter users felt that the extreme cold of Oymyakon put the cold where they lived into perspective.

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Russia eyelashes freeze when it's minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the world’s coldest village, in Oymyakon, Russia — cold enough to shatter thermometers.
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