- To clear the streets for President Kennedy’s Inauguration the army used flamethrowers to melt the snow.
- It rarely ever snows in Antarctica. The snow there has been accumulated over many years and the temperature never rises enough to melt it.
- The year 1816 was referred to as the “Year Without a Summer” due to global cooling from a volcano eruption the year before. Snow fell in July and the Northeast U.S. was enveloped in an orange fog.
- There is an old soviet scientific research hut buried 20 ft. under snow in one of the most inaccessible places in Antarctica. If you can make it in the hut there is a visitors book you can sign.
- The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first time Russia has ever hosted the Winter games. It also has the warmest climate of any city to ever host the winter games.
- During the Winter War 1939, one exceptionally burly Finnish ski trooper immobilized a Soviet tank with nothing but a crowbar, prying the treads off by brute force.
- An annual tradition at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a double feature viewing of The Thing and The Shining after the last flight has left for the winter
- There is a species of frog in Alaska that freezes during the winter and while frozen, the frog stops breathing, its heart stops beating, its blood stops flowing, and it cannot move. However, when spring arrives, the frog’s body thaws and the frog returns to normal life.
- Odin, a precursor to Santa Claus, rode Sleipnir, an Eight legged flying horse. In the winter, Odin gave out both gifts and punishments, and children would fill their boots or stockings with treats for Sleipnir.
- Russian peasants used to practice 6 month periods of psudo hibernation each and every year to stave off starvation and famine. It was called the ‘Winter Sleep’ or ‘lotska’.