Are we really that nuts???? Read the full article here: Don’t Do As the Locals Do: 5 Traditions That Are Super Dangerous [ABC NEWS]
Polar Bear Plunge in Long Beach, N.Y.
The “Polar Bear Plunge” is a winter tradition in coastal towns around the world. Vancouver’s plunge has been taking place since 1920. Annual “winter swims” are New Year’s Day events in the Netherlands and Scotland. And plenty of U.S. cities participate as well (often as a means of raising money for various charities); Maryland holds the country’s largest plunge event, which benefits the Special Olympics. But New York’s Long Beach hosts a polar bear plunge everySuper Bowl Sunday, when thousands of participants flock to its shores.
This is a local tradition we’re slightly less concerned about, as almost all polar bear plunge events are well-staffed with police and paramedics on-site, and volunteers who are ready to pull participants from the chilly waters almost immediately after they enter them. However, hypothermia is a real issue, so be sure to get dry and warm (think blankets and hot chocolate) right after you plunge. If you stay at the Allegria Hotel, you won’t have to go far to hop in a steamy shower.