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10 teeth-chattering photos of the annual Polar Bear Dip

Posted by Staff / January 2, 2014

Polar Bear Dip Toronto 2014The annual Polar Bear Dip took place New Year's Day at Sunnyside Beach in the midst of a deep freeze in Toronto, with temperatures hovering around -12C. Some 400 people participated in fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity, the beneficiary of the event, though about half that number took the frigid plunge into Lake Ontario. The water was just above freezing, and the teeth chattering began well before participants introduced themselves to its unwelcoming grips. These are some brave people. Or aliens. Charitable aliens.

Check out all the shiver-inducing photos in this gallery of the Polar Bear Dip.


Discussion

11 Comments

Chester / January 2, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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Crazy white people.
W. K. Lis / January 2, 2014 at 02:41 pm
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Lake Ontario is fresh water. The water temperature would be about +3.2°C. The water was warmer than the air.

The sea water where the Titanic sank was estimated at -2°C, being salt water meant the iceberg was melting.
flib replying to a comment from W. K. Lis / January 2, 2014 at 04:08 pm
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You so smart.
ryengjoe / January 2, 2014 at 04:37 pm
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This is all just for fun with no real risks, as hypothermia takes at least 30 minutes to occur in even freezing temperature water. What people feel is called a cold shock response.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_shock_response
Morcheeba replying to a comment from Chester / January 2, 2014 at 09:37 pm
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Ah Chester, when you were a kid did you wish to be a racist troll?
Dvdguy replying to a comment from Morcheeba / January 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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Ah Morcheeba... were you ever fun? http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/
mimi / January 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm
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i was so happy to stumble onto the CP24 live coverage of this.
there was a fake stanley cup, some duder saying 'fucking' to the CP24 cameras, the cameraperson constantly scanning for hotties and then a poor woman's underboob being exposed. it was all really weird.
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Down south / January 3, 2014 at 08:36 am
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These "polar bears" are the lamest people on earth! Their lives must really suck to be doing this.
liz lemon / January 3, 2014 at 10:17 am
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Glad that Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock made it! (pic 3)
Rich replying to a comment from liz lemon / January 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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lol

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