Brrrrrr. I think I’ll pass on this. Do these folks have antifreeze in their veins?
Germans go naked into freezing lake for good health
BERLIN (Reuters) – Saying ice cold water is good for their health, a group of about 30 naked Germans jumped together into a Berlin lake for their annual Christmas swim on Sunday.
Wearing nothing but red Santa Claus caps, the naked men and women aged between 25 and 73 went cheerfully en masse into the Oranke Lake in northern Berlin, which had temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit).
“It feels great even if it’s not quite as cold this year as in the past,” said Kathrin Hornack after her five-minute swim. Last year the lake was colder and in previous years it was sometimes filled with chunks of ice.
“What more could we ask for?” she said. “The sun is shining and it’s a lovely day in the lake.”
Originally posted December 26, 2005