This Siberian Village Has Gotten So Cold Their Town Thermometer Broke

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Nov. 18 2019, Updated 2:17 p.m. ET

The last month of winter has been pretty brisk in New York City, but you know what? As dramatic as we may like to be about the icy temperatures we get in New York, it turns out we don't know cold. We really, really don't know cold. This small village in Siberia, Oymyakon, however, knows cold. 

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Bored Panda reports that Oymyakon is the coldest, permanently settled human habitation in the world. It's so cold that students are still expected to go to school as long as the temperature doesn't drop below -62°F. This winter it has plummeted to -80°F, breaking the town's famous digital thermometer, which was installed as part of a tourist attraction. I guess they're marketing themselves as "cold."

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There are still about 500 people living in the village, according to the Siberian Times. They're still going about their lives, but it's a battle against the elements.

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Nor has it stop tourists. A group visiting from China did this absolutely insane thing:

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The coldest temperature ever recorded in the area was in 1933, at -89.9F. Some are saying this weather has the record beat, though it's a little hard to tell.

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Though this all seems unbearable to me, images from the region show an incredibly beautiful winter world, and folks are taking advantage of the photo opportunities:

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Though plenty of people are also outside because they have to work. These fish sellers are standing outside all day with their wares, which is even worse than working out of the freezer in the grocery aisle.

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Oymyakon was originally a waterhole for reindeer herders before it became a permanent settlement, and many people still work outdoors as farmers and animal caretakers.

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Can you imagined being this determined to get to your job?

I would wish Oymyakon luck, but I don't think they need it. They're powered on pure grit.

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