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Do robots experience shrinkage? These and other questions answered in New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Jan 1, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

New York's Coney Island Polar Bear Club Takes The Icy Plunge On New Years Getty Images

My new year’s resolution? To not become a human ice cube. As Ned Flanders would say, “I do my freezin’ for a reason.” But others obviously don’t share our enthusiasm for avoiding hypothermia, and so we have the Polar Bear Plunge.

It happens every Jan. 1 at various wet locations around the U.S. and Canada, among them Brooklyn, where the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s 110th annual New Year’s Day swim took place this morning (pictured). Brrr. Even though the air temperature didn’t crack 40 degrees, and the water temperature must have been around 2 degrees, hundreds braved the Atlantic waters to celebrate the first day of the new year.

source: AP

Other such events took place in:

Decatur, Ala. (Riverwalk Marina at the Tennessee River).


Boise, Idaho (Lucky Peak Reservoir: a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho).


Williamsport, Md. (at the Potomac River’s River Bottom Park: a benefit fundraiser for Humane Society of Washington County, Md.).

source: AP

Annapolis, Md. (Chesapeake Bay’s Sandy Point State Park: benefiting the Maryland State Special Olympics).

source: Getty Images

Milwaukee, Wis. (Lake Michigan’s Bradford Beach).

source: Reuters