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.
Show your neighbor who’s boss by building a massive snow shark.
Freeze soap bubbles. Washington photographer Angela Kelly did, and the results are breathtaking.
Go jogging in a Spider-Man costume. Odds are, no one will see you.
Take up cross-country skiing. It’s faster than the bus and a lot more fun.
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.
Cry because you're not here.