The videos of people jumping into ponds, lakes, and oceans as part of a New Year's Day tradition are trickling in.
The L Street Brownies in Boston are, perhaps, the best known:
New Yorkers did not go in quietly, of course:
And Lake Minnetonka.
The practice appeared to make no sense at all in any of the locales.
If you have to actually cut through ice first, I find this bizarre and somewhat interesting. But when you just run in and run out, that's like visiting Lake Superior in the summer time!
Where I come from -- the Finnish capital of America -- I can see where this would be invigorating. But only if you spent time in the sauna first. And not some newfangled sauna either. The old shack stuck out in the field, next to the pond. With the big bucket of rocks over the fire.
Jump right from the sauna right into the pond.
The annual Ice Dive at Lake Minnetonka raises money for the American Lung Association in Minnesota (where I work), so they got that going for them.