Oymyakon is unlike any village in the world. It is where students are still expected to attend class despite temperatures reaching -52 degrees Celsius. The remote Siberian village is deemed as the coldest – yet permanently habited – settlement in the planet.
Recently, its temperature has just reached -62 degrees Celsius. The cold is much stronger than ever. Not only is it gripping legs, it is also turning people’s eyelashes into icicles.
According to the official weather station, the “pole of cold” has recorded -59 degrees Celsius, though the town thermometer claimed a reading of -62 degrees Celsius. The device even stopped working as soon as it reached its painful mark. Locals even claim the temperature went as low as -68 degrees Celsius. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, the village was known to be a stopover for herders of reindeer. They used the place to water their flocks from the thermal spring.
The Soviet government wanted its nomadic population to put down roots. This resulted to making Oymyakon a permanent settlement.
The coldest village on Earth, Oymyakon, is actually permanently inhabited.
The temperature recently plummeted greatly.
It is so cold that it actually has the potential to freeze a person’s eyeball.
Still, students are expected to go to school.
And employees have to go to work.
Here is what to expect when your drive there.
Luckily for street vendors, there is no need for them to refrigerate their fish.
Here, take a look.
Some tourists there are just as crazy as the weather.
Like this group of men right here.
Instead of complaining, people use the cold to be creative.
The village lies in Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic, Russia.
It is named after the Oymyakon River, whose name reportedly comes from the Even word kheium, meaning “unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter.”
There are those who claim, however, that the Even word might mean “frozen lake.”
Well, either way, it is truly cold in the area.
Interestingly, there around 500 people who live there.
It stands around 750 meters above sea level.
Brushing the snow off these creatures is a normal thing.
The village is nicknamed the Northern Pole of Cold.
And mind you, the winter there is both long and extremely cold.
They have summer, too, actually.
And it can also be extremely hot.
The village was originally a stoopover for reindeer herders.
The Soviet government, later on, transformed it to a permanent settlement.
At night, the cold seems to make the village look like a Winter Wonderland.
It also has some beautiful sights to offer.
And lovely women, too!
In Oymyakon, the day length greatly varies from 3 hours in December to twenty-one hours in June.
That is why you have to be quick if you intend to go sightseeing.
What do you think about the coldest village on Earth? If given the opportunity, would you pay it a visit? Let us know in the comments below!
Dad Creates Epic Artwork on Lunch Bags to Help Son Make Friends
The best dad ever!
When we were still kids, parents would make sure that we had everything we needed before going to school - one of which was our lunch bags. Dominick, a dad hailing from California, is among those parents who take pride in preparing lunch for their kids. But mind you, he does it in a very different way.
For over 4 years, Dominick has been drawing on his son’s brown paper lunch bags. And mind you, his drawings are a work of art. According to him, he has managed to decorate more or less 550 bags. It is really amazing how passionate and determined he is.
Although his son is already in middle school, Dominick still continues to prepare and decorate his lunch bags. There was even a time when he decorated all lunch bags for his son’s soccer games when it was their turn to prepare snacks. For other people, breakfast might be the most important meal of a day but for Dominick, it is, without a doubt, lunch!
Check out the drawings below and be inspired by his creativity!...
Yakuza Boss Arrested After Photos of His Striking Tattoos Went Viral
The meaning behind each one of his very distinctive tattoos are intriguing.
Tattoos are forever, unless you will have your ink lasered out. For members of the Yakuza, in particular, tattoos are indeed for life. Unfortunately, if you're a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.
Yakuza boss Shigeharu Shirai learned this the hard way when he got arrested after pictures of his tattoos spread on social media. Shirai, who has been hiding for 14 years in Thailand, is a suspect for the shooting of Kashihiko Otobe, the deputy leader of a rival gang.
Shirai escaped from the Japanese authorities in 2003 and hid in Thailand, where he got married and settled down to a peaceful life.
However, his tattoo will become his undoing. A local person took a photo of Shirai, who was playing checkers during that time, and shared it on Facebook. The person had no idea of the old man's identity and thus innocently placed a caption on the photo....
Sea Turtles Are Turning Female Because of Rising Temperatures
The warmer the temperature is, the bigger probability that hatchlings will turn female.
Here's a fascinating tidbit about sea turtles - their gender depends on temperature. The warmer the temperature is, the bigger probability that hatchlings will turn female. Because of global warming, the number of female sea turtles are increasing dramatically.
According to the study of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California State University and Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia,:
"Combining our results with temperature data show that the northern GBR green turtle rookeries have been producing primarily females for more than two decades and that the complete feminisation of this population is possible in the near future."