Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Oymyakon, The World's Coldest Inhabited Place (PHOTOS)
You think you're cold? Thank Goodness its not Nigeria!! This morning I was reminder ed about the little cold weather we had in December last yr and the documentary of recent snow weather in UK, United states and Canada and how folks woke up with their lips frozen stuck to their pillow. However, after learning about the Siberian village of Oymyakon, things really don’t seem so bad after all.
Temperatures in Oymyakon can drop to a staggering -71C, making it the coldest, permanently inhabited place on earth.As you can imagine, living in the a place like that is not very conventient: you can hardly drink anything as it instantly freezes in your glass, batteries shut down and the villagers leave their cars running as they’reafraid the engine won’t restart again. Also, apart from meat, there isn’t much food as nothing can grow on the land, which is deep frozen to a depth of 8 feet.
However, it does make for some truly amazing photos as you can see below.
It’s plenty horrible enough, and that’s before we even tell you the worst part — cellphones don’t work in these kind of hellish temperatures! That’s right: no texting, Tweeting or checking Facebook status updates. Before you know it you’ll begin to feel phantom cell phone vibrations in the left pocket where your phone resides as you slowly transform in a highly detailed snowman. All in all, we understand if a visit to Oymyakon probably won’t rank very high on your bucket list. However, it does make for some truly amazing photos as you can see below.
The town even boasts the usual haunts: Schoold, a post office, a bank and an airport runway (though it's only open in the summer.)
Posted by Tunde ola at 8:00 AM