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The Coldest Places on Earth

You think you’re cold? One day in Snag, Yukon, Canada the temperature dropped so low that you could follow where someone went by the puffs of ice they left behind 15 minutes ago! In Yakutsk, Yakutia, Russia, you are warned not to wear glasses outside because they will freeze to your face. Read about the coldest spots thermometers have been (and the people who live there) at mental_floss. Link

(disclaimer: I wrote this)

Snag is in Yukon Territory, far western Canada, very near the border with Alaska. Latitude = 62°23'.

I've been in Kapuskasing, Ontario in January when it hit -40F (or -40C ... same thing) That was "cold enough" for me.

One of my relatives in involved in the military and frequently spends time in both Greenland and Antarctica. Brrr. He sent me a picture postcard from Antarctica and I get cold just looking at it.
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thanks sid.

i guess my tiny peeve is with americans never mentioning which province but always mentioning which state.

who says anchorage, usa ;)

montreal, quebec has kwazy extremes in temperature. -35 C with wind chill factor in the winter, 35 C with humidex in the summer....up and down all around.
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It's even worse than that, billy, we say Chicago, Miami, and Dallas without mentioning the state, much less the country. And I read British sites and have no idea how to frame place names so people will understand. When I worded this, I figured there would be readers in Europe or South America or elsewhere who wouldn't know what country Yukon is in -and the linked article made it clear. I'll fix it.
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@billy-
I'm not a Canadian, but that has always irked me as well. It seems odd that on American game shows, Canadian contestants are usually described as being from "Montreal, Canada" or "Toronto, Canada" instead of the respective provinces. For large cities like these, one would suppose that they should leave off the "Canada" in fact (and probably the province as well, but maybe that is asking a lot). It just sounds REALLY dumbed down for the lowest common denominator viewer.

For European readers, is the practice of identifying one's place of origin via "city & state" (or province) mostly a North American one? How does it compare in the UK or continental Europe? e.g. I suppose someone from a well-known city like Frankfurt might just say "Frankfurt" rather than "Frankfurt, Hesse", "Frankfurt, Deutschland" or "Frankfurt, Hesse, Deutschland", but what about for a little town? Would a German tell a Frenchman he hails from "Kleinstadt, Hesse" (fictional little town) or "Kleinstadt, Deutschland"? Is the state so important as it is in North America? I dunno... I suppose it all depends on the history of the nation and the autonomy of the varied "states" (or whatever they call divisions in that country.
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sid
i'm guilty of only thinking about this stuff re: canada / united states. (the hijacking of the term 'america' is a whole other topic!)
i wonder what the perception of canada is in the usa due to this practise...? the country is large and diverse in culture and geography. i feel this practise homogenizes canada. or maybe i'm reading way too much into it !
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@billy-
I think the (ahem) American perception of Canadians depends on whom you poll and where they live. I live in upstate NY, with Toronto as the nearest major city (getting to NYC would take 2x as long), so my own view is a bit skewed. I've travelled in Canada a lot and know the differences among the maritime provinces, Quebec, southern Ontario, the Plains, the western provinces, &c. are like night and day. I doubt most (ahem) Americans realize the distinctions, though.
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Saying "Toronto, Canada" or "Montreal, Canada" isn't so bad, because those are familiar enough, almost like Chicago, Miami, and Dallas.

But how many people ever heard of "Snag"? That's like saying, "Springfield, USA".
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Hi
It is 3:42am on 18th December 2008.
Just woke up as the house was a little chilly. Outside temp right now is -45 C no wind at all. Pipes just froze. I am super heating the house right now in hopes that they will thaw.
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Canada.
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