Wednesday, February 18, 2009


People Take Plunge Into Freezing Water

MADISON, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Humans are hopping into icy cold waters for a good cause in the coming weeks.

The 10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics of Wisconsin is headed to different cities in the state in the next few weeks, a schedule that can be found on SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org.

Spokesperson John Weichelt says that more than 2,200 participants will strip down to their skivvies or put on fun costumes and dive into waters so cold they’re, “As close to freezing as liquid can get.”

He says, “I would say it feels exhilarating, but it can be kind of stingy. People from California write to me all the time and ask what it will be like. I tell them to jump into a snow bank first before trying this.”

Luckily, there are hot tubs available for frigid folks to warm up in right after the plunge.

Those who are too chicken to take a freezing swim are forced to wear a silly hat and do the chicken dance in front of everyone, then dip a hand or foot into the water.

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