Imagine living in a place where it’s so cold, -54F is considered a safe temperature to drop the kids off at school. Can you even imagine that kind of cold?
For New Zealand photographer Amos Chapple, it was a chill he’d never felt before (and hopefully we’ll never feel either) when he ventured to the coldest inhabited city on Earth, Oymyakon.
“I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into – 47 °C (-52°F),” he told Weather.com. “I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips.”
Though beautiful to look at, this place is definitely not for those who hate the cold. During winter, airplanes are unable to fly into the area and humans risk suffering from frost bite after just a few minutes! If that wasn’t enough, most toilets are outhouses here because indoor plumbing freezes over. Youch, that’s cold.
Because crops can’t grow here, residents rely on a meat and fish-heavy diet. And with this village only having one store to sell supplies, you’ll be driving a fair way to get anything other than the essentials.
If you dare venture to Oymyakon, be sure to take a selfie in the town square next to the monument that commemorates the coldest temperature ever recorded there; -71.2F in the 1920s.