Can a human being survive, even with the best arctic clothing, at a place like
Vostok station ?
Living in Montreal, I know what a minus 35F windchill is, but a minus 90F windchill? Your face would surely freeze solid within 30 seconds. Surely no one goes for a stroll at Vostok station.
I can’t guarantee it’s true, but from the “Ask an Antarctican” section of
Big Dead Place
**Is there really a 300-degree club?
Hasn’t Seen A Cold Day In Too Long**
Dear Hasn’t Seen A Cold Day In Too Long,
Thanks for the question. Yes indeed there is a 300-degree club. This happens at Pole Station. I have not yet been privileged enough to partake in this activity, but will hopefully get my chance next year. I’ve got a lead on a job for the upcoming contract year. As you may have heard, when the temp is -100 outside they enter the steamy 200F sauna and then bolt naked like crazed hyenas out to the geographical south pole marker for a quick lap. I understand they do wear shoes. Otherwise their feet would stick to the ice.
Fucked-up Summer Person
Seems like I remember reading somewhere that when it gets around -70 Fahrenheit your breath freezes in mid-air and falls to the ground.
When it gets really cold around these parts I splash some water on my (concrete) balcony and it freezes gratifyingly in two seconds. However, my breath has never been in danger of falling to the ground, nor can I quite believe that it ever could!
And what’s the temperature at which CO[sub]2[/sub] freezes again?
This was at least partially debunked in a thread within the last month or two, but since I’m (A) lazy and (B) on dialup, I’m not going to look it up.