Thursday, November 20, 2008

Slurpees in the Arctic

Did you know that the intersection in the center of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Portage and Main) is supposedly the coldest intersection in North America?

I was there for a couple winters, and that place is COLD. They attribute the sharply decreased temperature to the way the buildings funnel the winds through downtown. When it’s cold, it feels like the wind is going to rip the top layer of skin off your face. There are flags placed all around the intersection, and I kid you not, the flags are usually whipping at full force in completely different directions. Winds come howling though there from every direction and converge at that intersection. I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it.

Did you also know that Winnipeg is the Slurpee capital of the world?

They even have bumper stickers declaring it, so it must be true, right? That was the other thing that baffled me. It was typical to see people bundled up like that kid in "A Christmas Story" (LOVE this movie), waiting for the bus, sucking on a Slurpee.

My apologies for those who hate talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving, but bringing up "A Christmas Story" did me in. I just had to post the trailer.

Forgive me.


trublubyu said...

brrr! did you ever drink a slurpee at that intersection. very brrrr!

Talullah said...

That is the best Christmas movie of all time. I don't own it simply because I don't want to spoil the pure thrill of watching it over and over starting Christmas Eve on TBS. 24 hours of a Christmas Story...Brilliant!

JMadd said...

Maybe the Slurpee is actually warmer than the air outside, so it's almost like sipping hot chocolate.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of when I would drink Hot Chocolate in Hawaii

Meredith said...

Did you know that the house used in the filming of that movie is a museum now?!!!