NOWNESS and photographer Ian Derry visited freediver Johanna Nordblad, the woman who holds a world record for diving under ice. Her fascination with the frigid, yet peaceful conditions came after she was subjected to ice water treatments for a serious leg fracture.
We’ve seen lots of fancy “making of” videos from blacksmiths making awesome metal weapons. But it turns out that with a mix of frozen water and layered toilet paper, you can make a sword that can also smash helpless fruits – at least until the sun melts it.
While we’d all love to have perfect ice cubes in our drinks, it’s not always feasible. Nate Cotterman’s glassware has a cube or sphere built in that resembles a crystal-clear block of ice. The highball gets a pair of cubes. While they don’t improve cooling, they don’t melt either.
Step up your whiskey game with some spherical ice cubes. These silicon rubber ice molds create a 2.5″ ice ball that will help keep your drink chilled for a long time, and looks cool doing it. The set makes two ice spheres in about 4 hours.
Some folks in Latvia were looking for a fun way to spend a cold winter day, and decided to turn a frozen lake into a giant turning carousel. All it took was a makeshift compass, some chainsaws, a motorboat engine, and a little manual labor.
Cool your drinks with freedom. True Fabrications’ U Ice of A lets you make ice shaped like the Continental United States. Or at least most of them. The East coast was compressed in the service of serviceable ice.
With Winter gasping for its final breaths here in the Northern Hemisphere, editor Scott Duffy pays tribute to the sport of ice hockey – sampling sounds related to his now melting backyard ice rink. Well, there’s always the indoor rink.
Hikers in the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia came across a crystal clear lake that was frozen solid. Walking out on the slippery, transparent surface was a surreal experience which must be seen to be appreciated.
Skip the ice cubes and keep your cocktails cool by wrapping them in ice. These silicone molds sculpt a wall of ice – using water, juice or other drink mixers to dramatic effect. Available in martini or rocks versions.
Normally, if your car falls through the ice of a frozen lake, it’s fish food. Not so for these guys in Russia, who managed to retrieve this Honda SUV from its icy tomb using brute force and ingenuity. According to the video’s poster, it still drives.
Driving on ice give us nightmares in which we both drown and freeze to death. But that didn’t stop this guy from creating a vehicle that can drive across fractured ice and extract itself from icy waters.