And you thought you were cold, shuffling between your apartment (where there is heat and blankets and hot chocolate) and the subway (where you are wearing a coat and mittens and kept warm by the bodies of hundreds of complete strangers!)
Try being a 167-foot tall waterfall caught in the Polar Vortex. Niagara Falls is freezing!
And we mean that literally. Niagara Falls is literally freezing. The waterfall "partially froze" this past Tuesday, when the Polar Vortex plummeted temperatures to a record -2 degrees and ice began forming on the U.S. side of the falls.
These very cool pictures were taken by Reuters photographer Aaron Harris and you would do well to remember that it could always be worse this winter. You could be a moving body of water that freezes. Literally.
And though the Polar Vortex is bringing some of the lowest temps the Midwest and East Coast have experienced in decades (polar bears can't even be outside, people! POLAR BEARS!), this is apparently "nothing out of the ordinary."
And it's probably not as bad as you think: First of all, because most of the pictures that you've on Twitter and Facebook are fake (or just from 2007). Secondly, because Niagara has allegedly only completely frozen over once.
Washington Post's Caitlin Dewey explained that, with winter temperatures annually falling to near zero, "Naturally, it being that cold, ice floes and giant icicles form on the falls, and in the Niagara River above and below the falls, every year.
"It's nothing out of the ordinary. It is not, to put it bluntly, big polar vortex news," she says. "It would take a lot more than a few days of cold weather to completely shut that off."