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For many people, Moscow, covered in snow, is the first thing that springs to mind when they think of Russia. But while that’s certainly an iconic image, it’s but one view of the largest country by land mass in the world. Russia stretches far from both east to west and north to south, encompassing a variety of ecosystems and climates, and not all of them look like snowy Red Square.

Some places are actually a lot colder. Take, for instance, the town of Dudinka, where a busted water main turned a street into a solid block of ice, encasing cars parked along the road like flies trapped in an ice cube.

Winters are particularly harsh in Dudinka, even by Russian standards. Still, people have lived in the city since the 17th century, and today it’s home to some 22,000 residents, despite an average January temperature of -22.7 degrees Celsius (-8.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

Oh, that’s the daytime high, by the way. The average overnight low in January? A brisk -31 degrees Celsius (-16.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

So when a water pipe ruptures during the night, you don’t have to worry about the street getting flooded, but about it getting frozen.

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Shared last week by Imgur user Michael Hails, the photos show vehicles with only a thin strip of their sheet metal still visible after being blanketed with snow from above and trapped in ice forming from below. Japan may be bracing for its coldest temperatures so far this winter, scheduled to hit the Kanto region later this week, but Japanese online commenters were still shocked by just how cold things are in Dudinka.

“Even if you can get the engine started, those cars aren’t going anywhere. Heck, you won’t even be able to get the doors open!”
“Eternal force blizzard!”
“You could freeze a banana and use it to hammer nails.”
“So when it melts, they’ll know spring has come.”

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We’re not sure about the scientific validity of using a frozen banana to drive nails (or why you’d want to do that in the first place). Crazily enough, though, that might still be the more accurate statement than “when it melts, they’ll know spring has come.” Historical data shows that even in May, the daytime highs in Dudinka are just below freezing, so unless someone busts out an ice ax or a blow torch, that truck is stuck until June.

▼ For the driver’s sake, we hope he was hauling a load of frozen peas.

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Source: Golden Times
Images: Imgur