8 Awesome Things to Do During the Polar Vortex

Understatement of the year: It's cold.

Yup, for most of North America, it's downright frigid, with the record-breaking blast of arctic chill, dubbed the "Polar Vortex," plunging the continent into historically low temperatures. (On Monday, Chicago sunk to a record low of  -16, and in Kentucky, an escaped prisoner turned himself in just to avoid the cold). Since every day seems to be a snow day right now, you might as well make the best of it. Here are eight things to try besides that freezing-boiling-water experiment.

Make snow graffiti.

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Show your neighbor who’s boss by building a massive snow shark.

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Freeze soap bubbles. Washington photographer Angela Kelly did, and the results are breathtaking.
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Go jogging in a Spider-Man costume. Odds are, no one will see you.
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Take up cross-country skiing. It’s faster than the bus and a lot more fun.
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Evoke the ‘90s by busting out your old Super Soaker, filling it with boiling water, and raging warfare on no one in particular.

Make maple snow taffy. Here's a recipe.

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Cry because you're not here.

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