Though the polar vortex put a lot of the nation right into a record-breaking deep freeze, it wasn’t all dangerous information. The plummeting temperatures allowed a Minnesota man and his neighbors to revive the mystifying and considerably eerie phenomenon referred to as frozen pants.
Tom Grotting of Minneapolis started the frozen pants motion in 2013. A polar vortex introduced sub-zero temperatures to his neighborhood and he froze then posed some denims. The concept caught on and shortly a number of neighbors adopted his lead.
In subsequent years ― climate allowing ― the frozen pants returned, sparking information protection throughout the nation.
Final month, Grotting and his brother, John, visited Northfield, Minnesota, for the opening of St. Olaf School’s new hockey area.
“It was chilly as chilly will get that morning and I assumed it could be an excellent alternative to freeze some pants, after all, so I introduced a few pairs of massive daddys in a bucket,” Grotting stated in an electronic mail.
“We soaked ’em up and draped them over the indicators out entrance and went to dinner,” he stated. “After we got here again, the pants have been laborious as a rock and the sport was beginning so we needed to get busy. Brother John is a rookie pants freezer, and from San Diego besides, however he jumped proper in and pounded on them like he owned them to get the pants formed up.”
The trouble impressed Grotting to problem his neighbors in northeast Minneapolis to freeze their pants if the temperature dropped under minus 20 levels. He posted a video on YouTube and Instagram, exhibiting intimately the right way to freeze pants:
Enter the polar vortex.
“Folks have been freezing them throughout city,” Grotting stated. “Not solely taking footage, however taking them for walks, throwing them within the air and recording the right touchdown!”
Pictures and movies appeared on social media below the hashtag: #frozenpants.
Grotting even challenged himself by freezing an previous tuxedo that belonged to his school roommate. What was he doing along with his roommate’s tux? Don’t ask.
“It appeared like a good suggestion, however a tuxedo doesn’t maintain water like a pair of denims, that’s for certain,” Grotting stated.
The celebrity that got here with being the daddy of #frozenpants was fleeting, as was frozen pants season itself.
“There are not any clear avenues to monetizing #frozenpants, however it’s an excellent icebreaker,” Grotting stated.