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Butt-Naked Ice Swimming

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Ice swimming is exactly what the two words denote: swimming which requires cutting a hole in a frozen crust of ice in order to gain access to a body or pool of 0 °C water. Supposedly ice swimming is possible because the water beneath the ice releases heat, so the water does not instantly refreeze.

Within this sport some swimmers use swimwear, others wear weird costumes like you see on Halloween, and over a third love jumping in the ice-cold water in their birthday suit. I guess, come to think of it, in sub-zero weather swimming trunks would probably not offer much protection from the cold anyway. Before exploring the why of swimming in the nude, let’s learn a little about this freestyle swimming.

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Because this outdoor bathing or swimming occurs in the middle of winter and is unusual and sometimes ceremonial, it often times attracts media coverage. In the Furthest Under Ice Swim that is in the Guinness Book of World Records, Dutchman Wim Hof swam 57.5 m. (188.6 ft.) underneath three feet of an ice lake near the Finnish village of Kolari, deep inside the Arctic Circle, on March 16, 2000.

Wim Hof, often called the Iceman for his ability for withstanding cold is well known for running marathons in the snow in trunks and being submerged into ice, He is the only non-monk to have mastered Tummo to control one’s body temperature. Now, I’m sure you will agree that this guy is a true athlete that has dedicated his life to the sport of enduring freezing temperatures. While few have pushed their bodies to the extreme level of Wim Hof, many have endured the sport of ice swimming for 20 years and more. However, sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but butt naked ice swimming will not be a part of this Winter Olympics.

China

I was surprised to see that China participates in ice swimming workouts until I recalled that some regions of China do have cold harsh winters. In northern China, the Chinese brave the ice for good health while swimming takes place in the Songhua River in Harbin. Ice swimming in China started growing in popularity in the 1940’s and includes an estimated 200,000 registered swimmers.

North America

The Coney Island Polar Bears Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in U.S. It was founded in 1903 by Bernarr Macfadden, whose belief was that a dip in the ocean during the winter can be a boon to one’s stamina, virility, and immunity.

Members from America and Canada swim in the Atlantic Ocean. They gather at Coney Island every Sunday at one o’clock sharp, for swimming workouts starting in November through April, and hold an annual plunge on New Year’s Day. Not only do they have fun plunging into the ice-cold waters, but this freestyle swimming team travels as a group, and contributes to charitable fund-raisers as well.

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Health Benefits

Based on what you’ve read so far, I’m sure that you are still wondering, “Why some people seem to prefer naked ice swimming while others seem to prefer trunks and or funny looking outfits?” Well, let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of this ice sport to see if a clue might be there.

Advocates of ice swimming believe that this type of activity gives them the four V’s: vim, vigor, verve, and vitality. Members feel that it improves circulation and helps to build up the immune system to protect against colds and flu-like symptoms. In addition, many report receiving a strong sense of well-being and natural high.

Some medical researchers’ studies show that ice swimming workouts can help to rehabilitate injuries and some illnesses, however, there is not much proof that it is effective in preventing ill health. A senior medical researcher who is studying the clinical benefits, Juhani Smolander, states, "In studies on rheumatic diseases, cold treatment reduces aches and pains, and in some cases, depending on the treatment, patients can do without painkillers. It doesn’t cure the disease, but it does relieve the symptoms."

Other researchers have found positive psychological impact: people that immerse themselves in the icy waters regularly say they feel better than those that stay indoors all winter long. Yet another group of researchers states that ice swimming builds self-confidence and raises self-esteem that you can do something that you’re afraid of. Others say they’ve experienced health and beauty benefits such as softer and smoother skin.

Health Risks

Naturally anyone with heart conditions, or any other serious ailment, needs to be careful when attempting ice sports. The effects of the freezing water and the accompanying shock to one’s body might be harmful; therefore one should first talk about this activity with your doctor before descending into the icy depths.

Another risk is ensuring safety when going through the transitions of warming up after one takes the icy plunge. Steps that must be taken to avoid causing the body distress from the drastic temperature changes. Heat causes the blood to rise to the surface of the body while the cold forces the blood back inside towards the heart.

Northern Europe

In Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, ice swimming is a tradition connected with the sauna tradition.

It is not to be confused with the Russian dousing because it is not a religious ritual; it is done as a stress reliever and a means of cooling off rapidly after staying in the sauna for a length of time. Finland is well known for its Avantouinti (ice-hole swimming) Society; their ice swimming season begins in October and goes through February.

Russia

The Russian ice swimmers are called “walruses” instead of “polar bears” and traditions are strong for freestyle ice swimming and dousing with cold water.

Not only are they done for health benefits, but for sports, for the Baptism of Our Lord feast, and as a ritual for the Orthodox Church. Here’s an article written by BBC’s James Rodgers that will provide you with an inside look at the Russian Walrus Club.

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Ending Thoughts…

I must admit that seeing butt naked swimmers taking the ice plunge on television was what spurred my research into ice swimming sports. However, I did not find any articles that directly addresses why some ice swimmers prefer to take the plunge butt naked. Because of the revealing nature of some of the pictures and videos I found, I could not post them here, but just Google “butt naked or nude ice swimmers” and you will find what is out on the web. Also Google "Other Polar Bear Clubs & Related Topics" to find links to more clubs and ice swimming activities.

At this point, if I had to provide the reason why an individual would go ice swimming in the buff during cold winter months, I would simply say it's because an individual wanted to do so. I would imagine that their way of thinking might be similar to individuals that choose to moon you or those that just love walking around in the nude.

As with any new exercise program, if you are under a physician's care, please check with your doctor prior to participating in this outdoor game of swimming workouts.

One serious video really caught my attention and hopefully it will raise some thoughts of your own. The video below reflects how global warming has begun to impact the North Pole.

Please participate in the poll below, and comments are always welcomed!

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winterswimer on January 11, 2013:

There are several reasons to swim naked. For instance, you need less time to change your clothes, also wet swimsuit after swimming froze more as you have nothing on you.

Beside practical thinks it's also about feeling nature and be in full body contact with that. Let's assume some winter swimmers enjoy naturism.

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dobo700 from Australia on August 10, 2012:

I would like to be one of those old men I see walking past my house to go for a swim every day of the year, but I just don't like the cold.

sariso on January 08, 2012:

I go winter swimming at least twice a week. I swim about 50 meters every time. It is refreshing and good for your health. It is very popular here in Finland. A lot of fun, I can tell you :)

workoutdvdworld from Perth on December 27, 2011:

I don't think I'd b game to try it, but I know there's such a thing as the polar bears club where oldies participate in ice water swimming. I'm sure it must be good for the circulation!

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Emoticon Facebook|Emoticons Facebook on August 09, 2011:

hahahaha, that is hilarious. I cant believe my eyes that people are doing this for fun. I wonder how your Butt would be like after doing ice swimming.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 03, 2011:

I really had a lot of fun researching and writing about ice swimming and I hope to take the plunge one day soon. :)

RalphGreene on August 01, 2011:

Wow. Very interesting hub! I really enjoyed reading this. Butt Naked Ice Swimming seems to be really fun activity.Thanks for sharing.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on April 20, 2011:

I agree it is fun to watch others shiver for the initial splash of the cold plunge. Glad you enjoyed the hub; thanks for stopping by. :)

facebook emoticons on April 20, 2011:

What an amazing Hub. Thanks for info. I am from Sunny So Cal. and could never do this but it is fun watching others seemingly enjoy themselves.

The Jet from The Bay on April 17, 2011:

Haha. It'll be quite the adventure. Indeed.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on April 16, 2011:

Glad you enjoyed the hub. :) Have fun with this bucket list adventure. :)

The Jet from The Bay on April 16, 2011:

Lol. What brave souls.... I wanna try this now.

Financial Advice on March 24, 2011:

Ice swimming really strengthens the immune system.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on March 03, 2011:

LOL! I agree Nifty, but it is fun to watch and wonder just how crazy and cold it must be. :)

nifty@50 on March 01, 2011:

I might try it for like 2 seconds....nah! This is definitely in the spectator category, and Butt Naked Fishing forget about it! LOL!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on February 15, 2011:

Too bad the first video was really funny, but hopefully the one I replaced it with will create interest as well. Thanks for stopping by for a read and for letting me know about the video. :)

jillfil0 from Houston on February 15, 2011:

Great hub! You might want to replace the first video from youtube. It appears it has been removed...

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on February 11, 2011:

Hi Azik, I've never experience this personally and not sure that I will ever try it. I am part of the HubMob here on HP that writes on different topics and this hub was for the subject of unique winter sports. However, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. As you can see from the comments many have done tbis sport. :)

AzikSparx from Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on February 06, 2011:

You are unbelievable, fantastic. I don't think my body can do that. I live in Bali, Indonesia with mostly hot and sunny day, sometimes raining but never that freezing. But somehow, after reading your hub, I have strong intention to try. Do you think everybody can do what you did?

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on February 05, 2011:

Just heard that freezing cold dips made the body burn more body fat as well. I guess this would be the time to take a plunge, but blurrrrr I'm just trying to stay warm. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Rastamermaid from Universe on February 05, 2011:

Great hub!

Like you Money Glitch I'll have to pass on this adventure,not for the freezing ice cold & swimming.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on January 03, 2011:

@amybradley77 - LOL, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@CrOrians - LOL, the weather definitely has been cold enough for it this year. Hehehe, I say go for it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.:)

CrOrians from Scotland on January 03, 2011:

Love it! I've always wanted to give it a go! Although, a jump in Mirror Lake at the Ohio State University could be close to ice swimming :) This makes me want to try it even more now!

amybradley77 on January 02, 2011:

Love this one!! I have seen some people doing this sort of thing when I lived in Alaska, and here near the Great Wallowa Mountains an ever growing group of folks are doing it as well, thanks for bringing up this subject, it's always nice to know that you are not the only person surrounded by insain people, these days LOL!!!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on December 14, 2010:

@tritrain – LOL, I seriously doubt if any images could warm you up after taking “the plunge.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting; it is always nice to hear from someone who has experienced what I’ve chosen to write about. :)

@endless pools – LOL, probably not much difference this time of year in the northern states. :)

@billrobinson – Thanks for stopping by. :)

billrobinson from CA, USA on December 13, 2010:

This can be icy fun! Nice!

Endless Pools Swimming Machines on December 13, 2010:

Oh my goodness! This makes swimming at home that much more attractive! ;-)

And Drewson from United States on December 09, 2010:

I've done a "polar plunge" before in Minnesota. I wish I had the view as shown by some of these images. It might have warmed me up!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on November 10, 2010:

It is always interesting to hear about first hand experiences of this sport. I imagine once one overcomes the fear of what they are about to do it would be very exciting. Thanks for sharing your insight on ice swimming. :)

ANN L. on November 09, 2010:

i tried that myself too - and i should say that the feeling is awesome! first u can no way believe that u'd do that but once you are in and out - woah.. the feelings everwhelm you! very very cool. and is good for health, in reasonable measures, of course)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 26, 2010:

Good luck on your quest, depending on where you live, I'm sure you will probably find a Walrus or Polar Bear Club near by. Thanks for the read. :)

Ironracer from St. Louis, MO on September 26, 2010:

Interesting hub with cool pictures! I often take ice baths to soothe sore muscles, but maybe I'll find a frozen lake this winter and try that instead! Cheers.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 20, 2010:

O.k. I stand corrected. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

Kathy on September 20, 2010:

LOL, I think the me would object to that idea. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Money Glitch There are tens of thousand of males that are into this. There is a whole society for it called clothed female naked male (CFNM) and it has 14,600,000 hits on Google while CMNF has only 183,000

I think a lot of males would love it, they just need our (and societies) permission to do it. I think more women would be into it also if they felt they would not be seen as perverts. We have parties where the men are naked but women are not and the males have often told a few women they are showing too much skin all the time they are totally naked in front of her.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 19, 2010:

@Jaynie2000 - Oh, Jaynie, Go try it one time, I'm sure the Wisconsin has an ice swimming group you could try. Hehehe, I'm just kidding. I get chilly every time I'm on this hub. Thanks for the read. :)

@Kathy - LOL, I think the me would object to that idea. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Kathy on September 19, 2010:

If it is in mixed company, I certainly would not object to the males being butt naked but I do think the women should keep their suits on.

Jaynie2000 on September 18, 2010:

I still have goosebumps!! And I'm from Wisconsin! Brrrr!!!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 07, 2010:

Thanks for the read. :)

glasstiger on September 07, 2010:

Interesting information to hub page community

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 30, 2010:

@sumbha- Hi sumbha, I've seen that TV show and it is amazing what he puts his body through and like you said has very low signs of hypothermia. Thanks for the read. :)

@sherif - LOL, thanks for stopping by. :)

@cooperfsu - Someone thought it would be fun and others played followed the leader. LOL! Thanks for stopping by. :)

cooperfsu from Valencia, Spain on August 30, 2010:

Why do people do such weird things?

sherif on August 30, 2010:

oh my god

they are crazy

Suman Bhattarai from Nepal on August 30, 2010:

This man Wim Hof swam is amazing. I have seen him on Discovery channel and he spend more than an hour on ice with very low sign of hypothermia.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 22, 2010:

Thanks King for sharing your thoughts. :)

kingkhan78 on August 22, 2010:

interesting information to hub page community

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 20, 2010:

LOL, I agree, thanks for the read. :)

Morgan F from USA on August 20, 2010:

Lol well that sure takes skinny-dipping to a whole new level!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 03, 2010:

@frontier - Yeah, I'm sure a lot of these people are wrapped in lots of warm clothing before they take the plunge. Thanks for the read. :)

@schoolgirlforreal - You are welcome. :)

schoolgirlforreal on August 03, 2010:

what a very interesting hub! Thanks!

frontier2002 on August 01, 2010:

Haha that's nice it must be colder than she can imagine before jumping into that pool

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 01, 2010:

I had fun creating this hub and often watch the vidoes to get a laugh as well. :)

Kamran100 on August 01, 2010:

So nice i really enjoy video..so funny and cool. like this hub,feeling so smile after watching the article....lol

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 31, 2010:

@kellydove - Hey Kelly, Isn't it weird, but watching the videos does make one feel cold. Thanks for stopping by. :)

@bd160900 - I think the only way I could do it would be to have someone push me in and then pull me out. LOL! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 31, 2010:

@Jemmy-T, Brrr indeed! I imagine that it would be hard to relate to something so drastically cold if one lives in the tropics. Thanks for stopping by. :)

bd160900 from San Diego on July 31, 2010:

I don't thin i could do it! I get very cold very fast. But i did enjoy reading this. Thanks.

kellydove on July 31, 2010:

great hub i feel cold

Jemmy-T from Lovely Home on July 31, 2010:

I live on tropical island, I still can't imagine how they can do it, brrrr ... I already feel the cold.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 30, 2010:

LOL, Wow, I forgot how cold it gets in Wisconsin! I imagine the Polar Bears are big there as well. I really had fun researching this hub and would like to do another one, however since HP and Google deemed the content too "sexy" and won't all adsense (go figure); I won't be writing it here. Anyway that's a rank. :( Thanks Keith for sharing your thoughts about this crazy sport.! :)

Keith Schroeder from Wisconsin on July 30, 2010:

They take the Polar Plunge all over Wisconsin, usually on January 1st. I must admit I shake my head knowing I will never partake in the sport. Call me old fashioned.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 29, 2010:

@ryanalldread - LOL, I'm sure that would wake a person up if they were sleepy. :)

@Jov - Hhhhhmmmm, well at least now you can save on your AC bill. hahaha :)

Thanks to you both for stopping by. :)

Jov on July 29, 2010:

it's very cold in here

ryanalldread from Rancho Santa Fe on July 28, 2010:

This basically sounds like my nightmare hahaha

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 27, 2010:

@jeanie.stecher - I agree jeanie, no one should be trying this trick at home. It is definitely a recreational sport that one should be supervised and taught to do; in my opinion. Thanks for your comments. :)

@Mih36 - LOL! I agree, one can get a chill just looking at the videos. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Mih36 from New York on July 27, 2010:

Now that looks COLD!!!. I would never even ice swim fully clothed lol. never mind naked heh. Great share!

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on July 27, 2010:

Aw! this could be very painful. One can stop his heart out by doing this. Anyways, just one thought of advice, do not try this at home. =)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 16, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Junie on July 16, 2010:

I would love to see this fun in a swimming competition. I wonder how long those naked chick would last in the water. ;)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 24, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Swimming dude on June 24, 2010:

Holy Molly, this is probably the most special sports i have seen, and those guys are full of guts. hahaha, it's so funny seeing this.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 20, 2010:

Sounds great! :)

aktifistri from China on June 20, 2010:

you're welcome Moneyglitch! I am now thinkin of making a hub related to Harbin Ice Festival..if there's none yet here on hubpages. If i end up with posting one, then it's inspired by this hub especially when you mention about China's part.. ;) i'll let you know when I post it :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 19, 2010:

@aktifistri - Hi aktifistri, Love your avatar BTW. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your adventure and experience with harsh winters. Glad you enjoyed the hub and good luck on your quest to spending time in Finland one day. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 19, 2010:

@swimwearplace - you cannot leave a strickly self promotional comment with a link as you did. While you can get some traffic back to your profile. It is prohibited to leave links like you did. See the two line below the comment box.

aktifistri from China on June 19, 2010:

Hey heyy!! so good that i discovered your hub now in the summer,so i can just laugh, lol..well, me and my husband are currently live in northern china, in a city called Daqing---only 2 hours by train from Harbin. We visit Harbin frequently especially the Sun Island Park which is in the Songhua river.. and yes the winter here in Northern China sucks! I grew in a tropical country, and by the beginning of my 30s I started my experience with harsh winter..so, it's like a big shock to me..from all-year-long summer region (Indonesia) into extreme climate especially the summer and the winter.. :p

Reading your hub giving me stronger urge to experience winter time in Finland one day..to experience living with my father in law big family and the coolness of sauna + ice swimming as well.. :D Thank for the great hub, Money Glitch!! Very informative!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 12, 2010:

Normally I would agree but now that temperature is moving up over 90 degrees, a little cold dip might be welcomed relief from the heat. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

bytecoders from Spain on June 12, 2010:

What a cold swimming, can't believe people can swim with all this ice around. I prefer warmer waters.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 10, 2010:

Hehehe, yeah this is a fun hub, with a lot of people that have some kinda of crazy guts to take such an ice cold plunge. Thanks for being a follower and thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

Leptirela from I don't know half the time on June 10, 2010:

hahaha GREAT HUB...SOME GUTS ...DAMN!!!

Thanks for sharing - you have a new follower:)))

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 29, 2010:

Definitely agree that it is a unique sport. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

ns1209 from UK - England on May 29, 2010:

Wow well done on this hub! I get cold going into pools e.t.c in the warm weather in spring and summer in the UK! What a strange sport.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 27, 2010:

Hhhhmmmmm, O.k. that makes a lot of sense! I guess it would be kinda bad to have clothing frozen to your skin. Might cause frost bite or something :) Thanks for sharing your insight. :)

Mindfulness on May 27, 2010:

I heard that the reason to swim without clothes is that when you get out you don't still have the frozen, icy clothes still clinging on to you and keeping you cold.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 27, 2010:

@deancortez - Couldn't show it on the hub, but my research revealed about a third of the ice swimmers prefer to swim nude. You probably right; in sub-zero weather wearing only swimming trunks one would probably wish for clothes unless as you said they were hot. :)

@blackhatworld - LOL! Sounded as though you were testing the waters with your comments. Hehehe! I just bet you will take the plunge. :)

@jun flores - Thanks, have a nice day!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and sharing thoughts on this adventure. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 27, 2010:

@molson5070 - Oh sure he did, once your body is half frozen, it can no longer feels the cold water. Hehehe, just kidding, I really have no idea. :)

@retirementvillage - Hhhhmmmm, time will tell RV, it just might grow on you. :) One of the videos that I could not show here because of the nudity were of an older crowd of boomers that were taking the plunge. :)

LOL, thanks to both of you for stopping by for a little fun. :)

jun flores on May 27, 2010:

nice article, have a nice day

blackhatworld from Belize on May 27, 2010:

whoa! this is very cold i guess. freezing! but i want to experience that too. lol

deancortez044 from Las Vegas on May 27, 2010:

This is cool and funny! Those guys are really hot!having a swimming with Ice Water has nothing to do with their naked body...:-)

retirementvillage from Philippines on May 27, 2010:

Those people on the photos and videos are amazing...I don't think so I could do that!its terrible(''.)?

molson5070 from State College, Pa on May 27, 2010:

haha i wonder if the guy in the last video ever got used to the cold water!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 26, 2010:

@ashelsher - While many swear by it, my research revealed that people with heart issues definitely should not try this.

@Idparker10 - LOL, I wonder if you watch others do if the idea would grow on an individual. It does look very cold. :)

Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting. :)

ldparker10 on May 26, 2010:

i cant believe people do that! I just couldn't!!!

ashelsher on May 26, 2010:

It surely doesn't look like a healthy habit...

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 26, 2010:

ROFL, now that is a different response! But, yes, that is a great example of capitalism at work. And if I'm not mistaken that is where the hot tub was located for them. Just imagine a true capitalist would offer massages and refreshments as well.:) Thanks TheMMAZone for sharing your thoughts. :)

TheMMAZone from Kansas on May 25, 2010:

I love the capitalism at work. Did you see that modern igloo she ran into.. love it..

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 25, 2010:

@Wayne - It is a little shocking when you first hear about ice swimming in sub-zero water. In addition, it is amazing that there are so many people from all types of cultural backgrounds that participate in this sport globally.

I agree it is sad to see someone actually being able to swim in water at the North Pole. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 25, 2010:

@DzyMsLizzy - For arthritis the purpose of applying the cold therapy is to assist in reducing inflammation and tenderness, and if I remember correctly, one should alternate the hot and cold therapy. However, no one knows what works for an individual's body than that person; so keep on doing what helps your arthritis. :)

LOL!, I love your comment about the snapping turtles, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

wayne sr from home-East Moline,Il. on May 25, 2010:

I don't know what to think.Are they crazy or do they really like to do that.I don't think I could do it unless some ones life was at stake.And the global warming effect has affected me a little,I didn't think it was that bad.Thanks for the educational read