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February 19, 2015updated 19 Jul 2021 10:24am

Boston is under 7 feet of snow and residents have invented an extreme sport to kill time

By City Monitor Staff

So, Boston’s buried under quite a bit of snow:

No, really, there is a lot of snow: 

This is, as you can imagine, quite boring: people can’t get to work; most of the transport system is down.

So, to keep themselves amused, Bostonians have invented their very own extreme sport, which consists of jumping into fluffy banks of snow; often from windows, and sometimes wearing only their underwear.

Take these “reckless dudes”, for example:

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Or this graceful attempt:

Even Frozen’s Elsa gave it a go (apparently the cold doesn’t bother her, anyway): 

Unfortunately, Martin J. Walsh,  Boston’s mayor (and, apparently, resident enemy of fun), is not impressed. On Monday he told a press conference:  

I’m asking people to stop their nonsense right now. These are adults jumping out windows. This isn’t Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston.

Luckily for those heeding the mayor’s warning, there are safer alternatives, such as “snow swimming”:

Also: Netflix, eating, keeping your clothes on, staying inside where it’s warm. 

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