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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.