Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Big Day for Icy Swimming in Russia

The *Polar Bear Club* across Russia is thriving today. People are jumping into icy cold waters in this sub-freezing weather not for sport, however, but to celebrate the baptism of Jesus, celebrated today by the Russian Orthodox church. The enthusiasts believe that their sins will be forgiven and any illnesses cured.

Thanks to the video, I learned that the more sins that need to be forgiven, the colder the water will feel. Now this is making sense: people are always saying afterward, Oh it wasn't all that cold!

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