Winter in Russia can be really, really freezing – in fact, the coldest inhabited place on Earth is in eastern Siberia. In the village of Oymyakon in the Sakha Republic the mercury can tank
While in Moscow it never drops so low (over the last few years the temperature has rarely dipped d below -20 °C), there are many places where -30-40°C is normal. And Russians would not be Russians if they didn’t experiment with the fierce cold, just for fun.
What if one decides (for some reason) to hang freshly washed clothes outside? As this experiment in Yakutia shows, after just 20 minutes in -50 °C shirts and trousers will freeze and practically turn into stone. “A strong independent pair of pants that don't need a man,” wrote one user in the comments section under the video.
Another magic trick popular among Russians is to make soap bubbles outside – they freeze and turn into a kind of a Christmas tree ball. This trick has been known for decades in Russia – both kids and adults love to watch the bubble freeze. Here’s a video of the transformation in -18 °C.
Bitterly cold winters are a good time to test the laws of physics, namely the Mpemba effect, a process in which hot water freezes faster than cold water. There are dozens of videos with Russians throwing hot water into the freezing air – why not try it yourself? A thermos bottle with hot water, -25°C outside and here you go – a remarkable “firework”!
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