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Ice

Winter Driving with Nissan AWD

Winter Driving with Nissan AWD

We spent a couple of chilly winter days North of Montreal, Canada covering hundreds of miles of snow- and ice-covered roads in the new 2019 Nissan Altima AWD and Murano AWD. On our arrival to the Mecaglisse ice circuit, we got to drive the insane snow-tracked Altima-TE.

Ice G-Wagon

Ice G-Wagon

The Mercedes G-Class (aka the “G-Wagon”) is a boxy and rugged military-style vehicle. We’ve seen lots of them over the years, but never one quite like this – a fully-drivable vehicle with a body made out of ice. The frozen ride was made by Garage 54 of Novosibirsk, Russia.

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Frisbee on a Frozen Lake

Frisbee on a Frozen Lake

Shea Gunther shows how a frisbee he tossed onto the ice while skating in Cape Elizabeth, Maine kept rolling and rolling along the slippery surface on a windy day. We’re particularly impressed with his ability to keep up with it and keep it in the frame.

Skull Ice Cube Mold

Skull Ice Cube Mold
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Next time your serve up a cocktail, drop a tiny human skull in, then let it gradually melt like the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This two-part silicone tray lets you make four 2″ x 2.36″ skulls at a time, and is great not only for water, but for fruit juice, jello, or candy skulls.

Ice Bath Chat: Antoine Vaillant

Ice Bath Chat: Antoine Vaillant

(PG-13) While Hot Ones gradually ramps up the pain with its interviews, Jujimufu’s Ice Bath Chat cuts right to the chase, dunking its subjects into a bathtub filled with ice water. In this clip, bodybuilder Antoine Vaillant attempts to fend off the effects of hypothermia.

Driving on Broken Ice

Driving on Broken Ice

Watch as a Russian off-road vehicle called a Sherp rolls effortlessly over a partially-frozen lake, seemingly defying physics by not sinking through the softened ice. Apparently it has something to do with the vehicle’s paddle boat tires. See more Sherp antics here.

World’s Coolest Drummer

World’s Coolest Drummer

We had to go way back in the wayback machine to dig up this clip, but it’s too good not to share if you missed it. Watch as The Hellacopters drummer Robert Eriksson performs a solo on a set of custom-carved ice drums. They play surprisingly well – except the cymbals.

Working LEGO Zamboni

Working LEGO Zamboni

After building a functional LEGO snowblower, The Brick Wall shows off another amazing custom LEGO machine. This one can smooth out lumpy, snow-covered ice and make it slick enough for minifigs to skate on.

Making a Hot Tub from Ice

Making a Hot Tub from Ice

When they’re not crushing things with their hydraulic press, Lauri and Anni are fooling around in the snowy countryside of Finland. This week, they managed to create a single-person hot tub made entirely from ice. The color of that hot water is more than a bit sketchy.

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Ice Rubik’s Cube

Tony Fisher knows a thing or two about making Rubik’s Cubes. After all, he’s the guy behind the world’s largest working cube, and has also built all kinds of complex variants. Here, he shows off a fully-functional puzzle that he made using ice. Hopefully, he’ll work out a color version.

Laser Lake

Laser Lake

You’ll want to turn the volume up to get the most out of this clip, in which a frozen lake in Nevis, Minnesota makes some strange and unexpected sounds as chunks of ice crack and move. You might think it sounds like Star Wars, but us real geeks know it’s Tempest.

Phantom Ice Maker

Phantom Ice Maker
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If you like making cocktails, you’d probably love to have those clear ice cubes they have at fancy bars. This slick kit from Wintersmiths gives you the tools you need to make crystal clear ice, and offers several molds for making spheres, cubes, and other shapes with ordinary tap water.

Skiing at 117 mph

Skiing at 117 mph

British Olympic Skier Graham Bell had the brass balls to skitch behind a speeding Jaguar XF Sportbrake on the ice in Arjeplog, Sweden, setting a new record for fastest towed speed on skis – an average of 189 km/h or about 117 mph.

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Deal: Millennium Falcon Ice Molds

Deal: Millennium Falcon Ice Molds
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Keep your drinks chill with a big Millennium Falcon ice cube thanks to this fun silicone ice mold. The dual mold makes a pair of intergalactic freighters, guaranteed to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs – assuming “Kessel Run” is just the name of a cocktail.

Yaket Ice Beverage Pack

Yaket Ice Beverage Pack
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The Yaket Ice is much larger than existing ice packs – it covers the entire height and width of most beverage cans. Its cooling fluid also freezes at up to -15ºC/5ºF in 36h, so you can expect your drinks to stay cold for up to 12h.

Freezerunning

Freezerunning

Fortunately winter appears to finally be behind us, so we can now enjoy Jason Paul’s icy parkour video without thinking about having to scrape frost off our car windows. The clip was shot at Harbin, China, which turns into a frozen winterland once a year.

Shackleton’s Return

Shackleton’s Return

In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and team set out to cross Antarctica by boat. They ran into ice, and were stranded for 634 days. He helped save his entire crew, but never finished his mission. 100 years later, his great-grandson completed the task in a tricked-out Hyundai Sante Fe.

Subaru Bobsled Run

Subaru Bobsled Run

Subaru recently asked rally driver Mark Higgins to perform an insane stunt – driving a WRX STI down (and up) the Olympic bobsled run in St. Moritz. Along the way, the car took a few bumps and scrapes, but the driving was top-notch given the extremely tight course.

Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy

Jaguar Land Rover Ice Academy

We flew to Arjeplog, Sweden to drive some of Jaguar and Land Rover’s awesome cars on challenging ice circuits, and spent the better part of a week going sideways and doing donuts. Attend for yourself, and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Red Hot Steel vs. Frozen Lake

Red Hot Steel vs. Frozen Lake

(PG-13: Language) The guys from Beyond the Press were inspired by CarsandWater’s red hot nickel ball experiments, but they supersized things by dropping a ridiculously hot steel weight into a thick sheet of ice-covered lake to see what would happen.

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Deal: BLOXX & SVERES Ice Trays

Deal: BLOXX & SVERES Ice Trays
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Create perfect square or spherical ice cubes with these silicone trays from The Whiskey Ball. The BLOXX tray makes a dozen slow-melting 2.5″ cubes, while the SVERES tray makes six 2.5″ diameter ice balls at a time. Save 25% off the original price in The Awesomer Shop.

Joyride: Tundra

Joyride: Tundra

For their latest bit of action carporn, Pennzoil headed to the frozen tundra of Alberta, Canada with a 2016 BMW M6, and driver Rhys Millen behind the wheel. While many of today’s car commercials are done with CGI, the driving in this impressive clip is 100% Millen.

Johanna Under The Ice

Johanna Under The Ice

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.

Lambos Love Glaciers

Lambos Love Glaciers

Freeskier and car enthusiast Jon Olsson outfitted his Lamborghini with studded tires and proceeded to drive it to the summit at Norway’s Fonna Glacier Ski Resort. It’s not the most practical way to traverse the snow and ice, but it might just be the most entertaining.

The Toilet Paper and Ice Sword

The Toilet Paper and Ice Sword

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.

Lake Ice Shattering

Lake Ice Shattering

An immensely satisfying and soothing video captured by Drew LaPointe of Radiant Sprint Gallery showing sheets of ice cracking and stacking along the shore of Lake Superior. The wonderful noise it makes just might have to be our new sleep machine sound effect.

Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Ice Diamonds & Classic Cocktails

Munchies dropped down Ginza, Japan’s Bar High Five to get a look at owner Hidetsugu Ueno’s perfectly balanced and artful cocktails, and his ability to individually carve chunks of ice into glimmering diamond shapes. Ironically, Hidetsugu doesn’t even drink.

Cube & Sphere Glasses

Cube & Sphere Glasses
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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.

Straatsen: Winter 2016

Straatsen: Winter 2016

Holland recently coined the term “straatsen” – a mashup of “straat” (street), and “schaatsen” (skating) – after ice covered the country’s roads, making them impassable. TasteLikePizza compiled this video of residents turning their frozen lemons into frozen lemonade.

Ice Drumming

Ice Drumming

Back in 2012, percussion group ЭТНОБИТ (Ethnobeat) transformed the sheets of ice on Siberia’s frozen Lake Baikal into a wondrous natural musical instrument. The recording engineer for this clip deserves just as much praise as the musicians.

Deal: The Original Whiskey Ball (2pk.)

Deal: The Original Whiskey Ball (2pk.)
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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.

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