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10 Facts About Winter Weather You Won't Believe Are True

Winter weather bringing you down? Let GEICO raise those frozen eyebrows with some unbelievable facts about winter's signature moves.

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1. In winter, it's possible to walk from the U.S. to Russia.

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Sort of. The Diomede Islands in the Bering Strait contain both U.S. and Russian land (Big Diomede is Russian, Little Diomede is the United States). During winter, an icy bridge forms between them, making it physically possible to walk from one country to the other.

3. It's possible for all 167 feet of Niagara Falls to be frozen at once.

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It was so cold in the winter of 1848, Niagara Falls was entirely frozen. For 30 hours in March of that year, locals who had grown accustomed to the noisy falls were treated to absolute silence.

4. The Eiffel Tower is shorter than usual.

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The summer sun causes the tower to expand slightly, giving it a height boost of up to about 6.75 inches. Thus the tower is shorter during the winter.

6. The Mourning Cloak butterfly can survive extreme cold because it has antifreeze in its blood.

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Seriously. It's like a tiny little anti-winter machine with wings.

10. And finally, 80% of the world's fresh water supply is trapped in snow and ice.

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Consider only 3% of the world's water is fresh water, and think about how much snow and ice there is in the world. That's an insane amount of water!

Did you know if a tree falls in winter, it still makes a sound?

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