Several Feet Of Snow Brings Out The Weirdness In Us

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Sameera Ehteram
Snow, icy winds and people with no choice but to make the most of it lead to pretty tricky scenarios.

Winter's fury is upon the northeastern U.S. with a vengeance but nothing can compare what New Englanders and New Yorkers face.

Here’s what life is like at the moment:

New York Tourism Bureau’s Sense of Humor Warms Us Up Some

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It's clear that Ithaca, New York's tourism bureau’s funny bone didn’t freeze in the extreme cold which had government offices closed and 2,600 flights cancelled.

They told everyone to go to Florida instead of Ithaca.

 “Due to this ridiculously stupid winter, Ithaca invites you to visit the Florida Keys this week,” they wrote on their site. “Please come back when things thaw out. Really, it’s for the birds here now.”

They even went as far as giving a link to the Florida Keys website with a request that you send them a postcard.

Washington, D.C., Has Giant Snowball Fight After Storm Shuts Down Offices

The nation’s capital turned into a kid’s fantasy when the residents took part in a snowball fight at the city's Meridian Hill Park organized by the Washington DC Snowball Fight Association.

But Boston takes the cake. February has set a record as the snowiest month ever in Boston, with 10 times the snowfall it would get in a typical winter.

Boston’s Fire Hydrant Saga

The city of Boston has 13,683 fire hydrants, 96 inches of snow and not enough firefighters to dig the hydrants out of the several feet deep white blanket.

Even with firefighters heading out twice a day to shovel hydrants, it is not enough to keep all the fire hydrants functional.

The city and its residents are doing the best they can. Boston has had to enlist the likes of prisoners, police cadets and union workers to shovel snow and make fire hydrants, crossroads and handicap ramps accessible.

The Irresistible Red Sox Initiative

The Red Sox are offering Bostonians an extra incentive to help uncover the city's 13,683 fire hydrants. Any Boston residents who shovel snow off five fire hydrants till Wednesday will get two tickets to a Red Sox game.

Boston Mayor’s Dilemma

The city’s Mayor Martin Walsh has his hands full with trying to keep the city functional and its residents safe. But it’s not just the elements of nature but foolhardy enthusiasts as well that he has to deal with. 

He has had to send out warning to daredevils and pranksters in the city to stop jumping out of the windows in hopes of landing on cushy snow.

"It's a foolish thing to do and you could kill yourself," he said. "This isn't Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston."

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