Seems like the entire eastern half of the United States is turning into the North Pole this week. For some people that sounds like a nightmare, but there are always those few of us who revel in cold weather.

Well, either way, in honor of those of you who are riding polar bears to work this week, here are 24 truths cold-weather people might know to be true.


And one misconception we really should get rid of.

1. Getting socks as a present is awesome.

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Thanks, Grandma! Other people might like to complain, but you know how amazing a good pair of socks can be. It's almost as good as a scarf.

2. No bed fort is complete without at least three blankets and a breathing hole.

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Plus at least one more for your feet.

3. You know that a two-dog night isn't just a saying.

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The more pets you have = the more living space heaters.

4. You don't know what that Japanese heater-table thing is called, but you want one.

And if you didn't, you do now. Image from Tim Notari/Wikimedia Commons.

It's known as a kotatsu (you're welcome). It has a tabletop, a heater underneath, and big pillowy blankets all around. It looks so warm and comfortable! Where can I get one?

5. Walking barefoot across a cold floor or opening the windows will wake you up faster than coffee.

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A cup of coffee takes about 15-20 minutes to wake you up. A cold floor will take 15-20 minutes off your life.

6. You tip the heck out of delivery people.

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You got the large pepperoni, right?

7. But no matter how cozy the house is, eventually you have to go outside.

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At some point you'll be out of Pop-Tarts and tissues, and you're not quite willing to burn the chairs for warmth yet.

8. That doesn't mean you have to like it.

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Even people who like the cold aren't necessarily eager to leave the comforts of home.

9. But you don't have to hate it either.

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10. Because watching your dog frolic in the snow for the first time will melt your heart, even if it’s 12 degrees out.

11. And you know exactly how long it'll be before the lake's frozen enough to walk on.

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Four inches of ice will support an adult person's weight. Eight to 12 inches can hold a car!

12. Walking like a penguin really is the best way to not fall down.

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Most of the time.

13. You know that bubbles freeze.

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Bubbles are just soapy water, after all, so if you get it cold enough, they'll turn to ice.

14. You don’t need mascara because frost will cling to your eyelashes making you look like a Disney princess.

Image from "The Shining."

But don't go outside with wet hair after showering.

15. Waterproof shoes are a must.

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And jeans are not the same as snow pants. It only takes one fall, and then you have a wet butt the entire day.

16. If you shovel out your parking spot and put a chair in it, that means it's yours.

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17. And if you shovel the entire sidewalk, that makes you a true American hero.

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And if you shovel your elderly neighbor's driveway too, you deserve to be, like, president or something.

18. Every year seems like the coldest one ever.

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"Did I ever tell you whippersnappers about the great blizzard of ought-eight?"

19. But you might also know that, actually, the last couple of years have been pretty warm.

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Climate change has been pushing the average global temperature up over the years.

20. In fact, 15 of the top 16 warmest years since 1880 have all been in this century.

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Yes, every single year since 2001 is up there. And 2015 was the warmest of all. Which leads to the biggest point in this entire list:

21. One bout of cold weather doesn't disprove global warming!

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And one snowball doesn't disprove thousands of scientists.

22. Because climate and weather aren't the same thing.

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Weather is short-term; climate is long-term. Saying that one winter storm disproves climate change is like saying one spelling mistake makes J. K. Rowling a bad writer. You have to look at the larger story. And the larger story is that the Earth is getting warmer.

23. And actually, on the whole, climate change may make winter storms worse.

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There are many complicated factors, including changes to the jet stream and precipitation patterns, but overall, climate change is causing more extreme weather. Instead of getting snow a little at a time, we're now more likely to get it all at once.

24. So this won't be the last time the U.S. will look like this:

Image from NASA/NOAA/Goddard Rapid Response Team.

This idea that cold weather can't happen during climate change needs to go away.

There is tremendous progress being made in the fight against climate change. The U.S. is slowly but steadily increasing its share of renewable energy. In December, nearly 200 countries agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to head off climate change. And everyday, people are doing their part by saving electricity, planting trees, and recycling.

But this myth about cold weather has been a continual thorn in our collective consciousness. And it needs to die.

By spreading the word, we can help stamp out this pervasive misconception and help more people realize that we need to do more about climate change!

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Leah Menzies had no idea her deceased mother was her boyfriend's kindergarten teacher.

When you start dating the love of your life, you want to share it with the people closest to you. Sadly, 18-year-old Leah Menzies couldn't do that. Her mother died when she was 7, so she would never have the chance to meet the young woman's boyfriend, Thomas McLeodd. But by a twist of fate, it turns out Thomas had already met Leah's mom when he was just 3 years old. Leah's mom was Thomas' kindergarten teacher.

The couple, who have been dating for seven months, made this realization during a visit to McCleodd's house. When Menzies went to meet his family for the first time, his mom (in true mom fashion) insisted on showing her a picture of him making a goofy face. When they brought out the picture, McLeodd recognized the face of his teacher as that of his girlfriend's mother.

Menzies posted about the realization moment on TikTok. "Me thinking my mum (who died when I was 7) will never meet my future boyfriend," she wrote on the video. The video shows her and McLeodd together, then flashes to the kindergarten class picture.

“He opens this album and then suddenly, he’s like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God — over and over again,” Menzies told TODAY. “I couldn’t figure out why he was being so dramatic.”

Obviously, Menzies is taking great comfort in knowing that even though her mother is no longer here, they can still maintain a connection. I know how important it was for me to have my mom accept my partner, and there would definitely be something missing if she wasn't here to share in my joy. It's also really incredible to know that Menzies' mother had a hand in making McLeodd the person he is today, even if it was only a small part.

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Found out through this photo in his photo album. A moment straight out of a movie 🥲

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“It’s incredible that that she knew him," Menzies said. "What gets me is that she was standing with my future boyfriend and she had no idea.”

Since he was only 3, McLeodd has no actual memory of Menzies' mother. But his own mother remembers her as “kind and really gentle.”

The TikTok has understandably gone viral and the comments are so sweet and positive.

"No the chills I got omggg."

"This is the cutest thing I have watched."

"It’s as if she remembered some significance about him and sent him to you. Love fate 😍✨"

In the caption of the video, she said that discovering the connection between her boyfriend and her mom was "straight out of a movie." And if you're into romantic comedies, you're definitely nodding along right now.

Menzies and McLeodd made a follow-up TikTok to address everyone's positive response to their initial video and it's just as sweet. The young couple sits together and addresses some of the questions they noticed pop up. People were confused that they kept saying McLeodd was in kindergarten but only 3 years old when he was in Menzies' mother's class. The couple is Australian and Menzies explained that it's the equivalent of American preschool.

They also clarified that although they went to high school together and kind of knew of the other's existence, they didn't really get to know each other until they started dating seven months ago. So no, they truly had no idea that her mother was his teacher. Menzies revealed that she "didn't actually know that my mum taught at kindergarten."

"I just knew she was a teacher," she explained.

She made him act out his reaction to seeing the photo, saying he was "speechless," and when she looked at the photo she started crying. McLeodd recognized her mother because of the pictures Menzies keeps in her room. Cue the "awws," because this is so cute, I'm kvelling.

A simple solution for all ages, really.

School should feel like a safe space. But after the tragic news of yet another mass shooting, many children are scared to death. As a parent or a teacher, it can be an arduous task helping young minds to unpack such unthinkable monstrosities. Especially when, in all honesty, the adults are also terrified.

Katelyn Campbell, a clinical psychologist in South Carolina, worked with elementary school children in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. She recently shared a simple idea that helped then, in hopes that it might help now.

The psychologist tweeted, “We had our kids draw pictures of scenery that made them feel calm—we then hung them up around the school—to make the ‘other kids who were scared’ have something calm to look at.”



“Kids, like adults, want to feel helpful when they feel helpless,” she continued, saying that drawing gave them something useful to do.

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