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21 Frigid-Looking Photos Of People Swimming On New Year’s Day

People around the world rang in the new year the way any sane person would: by putting on costumes and jumping into freezing bodies of water.

1. In Vancouver, people took to the English Bay for the annual Polar Bear Swim.

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5. Milwaukee’s version takes place at Lake Michigan.

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Some participants chose to stay warm on shore…

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While some reveled in the cold.

10. New York City’s Polar Bear Swim is held at Coney Island.

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It’s the “oldest winter bathing organization in the US,” according to Reuters.

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His outfit is made out of MetroCards.

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This Coney Island resident dressed as a boiler as a reminder of how hard his borough was hit by Hurricane Sandy.

15. Scotland’s Loony Dook Swim, in the River Forth, takes the cake for sheer commitment.

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Oh good, Kate and Will and the Royal Baby decided to stop by!

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Here’s to a loving (and warm) 2013!

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