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I’m cold just watching this.

It looks like a scene from a fantasy movie.

241 points·3 months ago·edited 3 months ago

Not a fantasy film but 'Way Down East' from 1920 features a scene filmed on a river filled with ice.

The main character, played by Lillian Gish, collapses on a sheet of ice which breaks off and is swept down river. The man who loves her runs across breaking up ice, like in the gif, to rescue her. The stunts were all done for real and Gish suffered permanent damage to the hand she had in the water.

Edit: some clarification.

That might be in the running for one of the most dangerous scenes ever filmed. I’m trying to come up with some worse ones and I’m failing. There are a half dozen Buster Keaton stunts, but those were all relatively planned and safe...ish. This scene is just random death that’s one ice break away.

It is up there with the Noah's ark flood scene.

Considering the utter and total shitbag that Griffith was, I would have felt for the actress, but would love to have that worthless piece of shit director's career ruined.

Invented cinema my ass.

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It looks like once you fall in, you’re never getting out

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More people should read about Lillian Gish. She was a women ahead of her time.

Fun Fact: Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins named their album Gish after her.

Night of the Hunter is an amazing hyper-real fable.

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Nope, not going after her, I don't do well with the cold.

Shell dethaw in the spring. No worries.

That was unbelievable. Almost 100 years ago too.

I'm starting to see this a lot too. The classics are gonna reach their 100th anniversary in our lifetime.

Even things that are massively popular now. Batman will be 100 in 2039, Superman will be 100 in 2038.

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I want a glass of this ice water.

If this is the James, believe me; you don’t.

Seconded. I’m thinking, “is this RVA?” I don’t live in Virginia anymore. I live in Florida, and I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it’s this cold in Virginia right now. This may not be a current gif, but just looking at this makes my bones ache.

I don’t think it’s current, but I haven’t seen the river today... i’ve also 1: almost landed on a condom while swinging from a rope swing 2: seen someone shitting into the river from a rock and 3: vomitted countless times into this river. Nobody should want a bug gulp of this shit

Oh, seconded. I’ve spent too many days on the rocks of Belle Isle and have seen entirely too much to think “hm, this looks tasty.” 😂

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In a big gulp from 7 eleven lol

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I’m cold just watching this.

Soon it will be warm and everyone will swim.

My world’s on fire, how ‘bout yours?

That’s the way I like it and I never get bored.

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I'm cold because I live there.

Why do you live in a river?

In a van down by the river

Its 16 degrees in my part of VA right now. Sucks :(

8 points·3 months ago

As someone from Virginia, I can tell you that if this is recent footage, you won’t be cold. We had couple weeks where it was cold enough to freeze up. Then a warm front came through. It was over 70 ℉ a day or two ago. I was riding around with the windows down and a tshirt on. It melted the ice enough for everything to break up and start flowing again.

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same. and scared. falling into that could kill you real quick.

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I can almost feel how terrible that would be if you fell in it

I have a weird urge to jump in.

684 points·3 months ago

The call of the void

It's like your mind just checking in to make sure you don't want to commit suicide.

240 points·3 months ago

"Oh. You do? Bummer, man."

"Better get to it then, eh?"

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I had someone tell me once to “hug the void”

So, you’re suggesting I jump?

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Relevant- try and read The Enigma of Amigara Fault by Junji Ito. Still gives me shivers.

It's such a good story, but I hate it. It's so creepy in a frission kinds of way. Claustrophobic and nightmare inducing.

drrr drrr drrr

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I agree. I read it once and I'm probably not going back to read it again for a long while.

You could read this instead

It took me an unreasonably long time to realize that you need to read it right to left.

I hate you... so much.. goodbye sleep

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That story ignores friction

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L'appel du vide

8 points·3 months ago·edited 3 months ago

Or "l'appel du vide" in French, where the phrase came from!

Edit: Spelling. Thanks u/NeDisPasMieux!

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Is it a prickly urge?

7 points·3 months ago

I want to see if I can lie down on top of the ice

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Found Wim Hof


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Wonder how bad it would be...

Aside from the cold, assuming you wore multiple wetsuits... would it be really crushy, or just mildly annoying crushy? Would it be slushy?

You would probably get pushed under the ice and would not be able to get back up.

Could you not

Would you kindly

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You wouldn’t last long.

I was down on the river for breakup. It had just started, all you hear is super loud popping noises.

All of a sudden the water started rising so we fired up our quads and got the F out of there as we could see a wall of white coming towards us.

We rode up to the top of the bank and stopped and as the way of white approached us, all we could hear was super loud cracking noises as the ice wall was taking out trees. The trees were rolling in the ice and breaking apart. It’s fuckin scary.

It’s like a lion. All cute to look at and you wanna jump in and get all comfy but then you realize you fucked up.

We used to see it during this time of year for crew practice in pa back when I was in college. One of the little boats with an outboard motor would go break it up but then for days you'd occasionally be rowing and just see a giant wall of ice coming downriver and have to scurry back down to the boathouse because the ice would destroy a little racing shell like that easily. I once came around a bend and smashed into an ice slab like 20ft wide because we couldn't stop in time and I couldn't go around and boom our skeg came off lol

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Knocked unconscious and drowned, with many lacerations, depending if you get dragged along the bottom or not

Edit: go read up on what it's like to be in an undertow in rapids, happens in white water rafting. Not a pretty thing, they wear helmets for a reason. It's the same effect basically, only difference would be just hundreds of pounds of moving ice in the current between you and air.

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These things rip trees apart like nothing and take bridges down river with them. I think a person would be reduced to pulp

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16 points·3 months ago·edited 3 months ago

"Drysuits" exist as well, for coldwater diving. Then you can wear thermal underwear and maybe maybe a another thin, warm layer as well, under it.

Even with wetsuits, afaik you wouldn't wear multiple layers, but rather one thick wetsuit. A thicker wetsuit allows for the inside and outside to have a larger temperature difference, my guess is because the thickness insulates more, and also the water permeates the suit slowly, so more thickness = more time for the body to warm up the innermost moisture etc.

This ice doesn't look all that thick, but it's hard to tell how deep/packed the ice layer is. My guess is that as long as it's flowing like this and not further congested/packed by a narrow spot, bridge, etc., would be mild to moderately crushy. Either just annoying, or you might get bruises and such, but you could still function, more or less. Edit: in fact thin, fresh, glass-like ice is possibly the worst for actually getting cuts.

Ice is heavy as fuck and this is flowing at a moderate pace this would give you nice bruises and scrapes but you would be able to come up unless trapped like you said

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Your balls just merged with your lungs.

I bet it’s incredibly dangerous. So much more so then just cold running water.

The stick seams to be doing fine, are you saying I'm weaker than that bit of wood?

Are you joking? That stick is clearly drowning just out of reach of his friends. Sad day indeed.😔😔

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Reminds me of that famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware.

Except with a sprite bottle and other plastic trash... SAD!

How do you know its a sprite bottle?? r/HailCorporate


Haha, I agree. Just because it is green doesn't mean it is sprite.

Why, it can be a nice refreshing Heineken® that anyone can enjoy alongside a beautiful river in Virginia.

Don't forget about the great taste of Dos Equis.

It looks like a Heineken bottle you guys come on.

Or geez...perhaps a Rolling Rock!

You guys, it's clearly a refreshing Moon Mist™ by Faygo®

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In Virginia? Yeah, my money is on Rolling Rock.

It's obviously a Squirt bottle.

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Do you people not read? This is in virgina ...its obviously mountain dew!

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Or maybe a Yuengling.

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Mickey's ?

Only slightly more likely than Dos Equis.

That’s definitely a bottle.

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Just look at that water surge! Don’t forget that’s a bottle of Surge. Get a sweet crisp taste and a boost of energy while you enjoy Mother Nature!

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You're looking at the future River of Blood, the Civil War massacre on the Potomac.

I feel sad for such things. If people can't respect the nature they should be away from it.

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@ 8:00pm on Christmas he initiated his attack on Hessians, crossing the Delaware River near Trenton. Valley Forge & the Schuylkill River were probably this cold as well; so many froze to death and died of disease with little to no food. Continentals had so many setbacks; but they put 24,000 redcoats into the ground & made a nation. No shoes needed.

Used to live and go to school on the banks of the Delaware, heard that story many times... it was kind of our local bit of early American history.

Interesting fact about the attack is that most of those who survived and fought with Washington during the winter were slaves and immigrants.

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First thought that came to my mind!!

He would be so stoked to hear that. That dude loved Virginia

The booze cruise?

You should record this for ASMR folks

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This is where I live! New river in Montgomery County :) absolutely amazing to see!

287 points·3 months ago·edited 3 months ago

Yo like right now? I live in Montgomery county, just not near the river.

Edit: Found the source! This is in Mouth Of Wilson, Virginia which is right on the border with North Carolina.

Same, I live in the NRV :) ...I don't live near it, but I work close to the river. Haven't seen any ice flows though. It might happen overnight, with how feckin cold it is here.

I have, however, seen plenty of rather large waterfall icicles.

Grew up in Christiansburg, moved to Missouri. Not an improvement. Miss the mountains and the seasons, ha

28 points·3 months ago·edited 3 months ago

Grew up in flat-ass Fredericksburg, living in C-burg now. Definitely an improvement from where I lived xD sorry you had to leave :p although, I will say, wicked storms out in the Midwest/plains. Kinda jelly, it's pretty mild here in terms of meteorological phenomena. Sundogs galore in Radford, but not much else that's interesting to count on I'm afraid.

Since deciding to stay in the mountains I can't see a reason to leave. Even with the crazy amounts of pollution form the Radford Arsenal, the air is so crisp and clean up here. And the random flakes of snow that inexplicably fall from clear skies has been fun to witness this past month :D

9 points·3 months ago·edited 2 months ago

Yeah, dumb topography ruining our fun. From what I think I heard, Christiansburg and Blacksburg are on a sort-of plateau in the valley, making precipitation pretty scarce. It's really not fun to watch a storm coming through our area, break up before hitting us, and areas near Roanoke and Floyd getting hit the hardest.

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Woooah, meteorology major? Me too, yo! Class of 2016 here

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I vividly recall having an 8am geology class in 2007, had to walk across the drill field in the winter mornings. I felt my tears freezing once. So I started walking to class backwards.

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81 is like being on top of a tall flat mountain. The wind is terrible. East side of Roanoke where I'm from originally almost never gets it. It usually gets dumped before it gets there, plus the lower elevation kinda mitigates it.

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NRV as well! What the fuck Reddit! In my 30 years on this planet I have never seen ice like that on the river.

NRV checking in here also. Cburg born and raised.

There is dozens of us in this thread!


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NRV check in woop woop

The creek near my house was getting nice and frozen but then yesterday happened

NRV check in woop woop

All I can think of when thinking of New River is.... Radford.

Blacksburg Represent!

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Fellow NRV resident here, always cool to see something from our community. Although I've never seen the river like this, shits crazy

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Blacksburg here

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What's the river called? Where in Montgomery county?

The river's called New River


Fun fact: even though it is called the New River it is actually the third oldest river on the planet.

Another fun fact it's called new bc it was marked new when it was discovered and never given a name

Another fun fact, it's one of a handful of rivers (the Nile is one) that flows South to North.

Another fun fact: after I proposed to my now-wife, we stayed at a bed and breakfast overlooking the New River.

Long live your marriage, man

May it be as long lasting as the new river, and only half as icy.

Hope your marriage lasts as long as the New River is old!

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Fun fact: rivers are mostly comprised of water

Also 10% beer cans.

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Fun fact. I did not know a lot of these facts. And I went to VT.

Fun fact: fish fuck in it

Less fun fact: The preceding fun fact is a myth. Rivers don't have a north-to-south bias, just an up-to-down one.

Eh, 2/3s of the rivers in central Europe flow South to North (Rhine, Elbe, Oder, Wistula just being the biggest)

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Damn. NRV as in Radford? That's where I went to high school. I did not know they used the internet out there :)

We do! Shentel is making a fucking killing! $110 for 25 down here.

Fuuuuuck Shentel here 😒

Yo, fuck shentel

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Enter Sandman begins to play

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Do you know what section of the river this was at?

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No pun intended, right?

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That's scary as fuck.

That's how I feel! My parents live on a large river up north and I spend a lot of time walking around it in the winter. It makes the most terrifying noises when the ice breaks and massive chunks slide over one another, but it's beautiful at the same time

Like something out of a horror movie with the river as the evil character. Never seen anything like it. Nightmare stuff for me.

Yearly occurrence in some parts of the world.

Yep. And it gets stuck below bridges, creates basically a dam, and floods everything nearby! Woo!

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This is how Montpelier VT flooded when I was a kid. All that ice ran into a bridge and started piling up. Eventually all the water was flowing over the bridge at which point the road turned into a new river flowing straight into town.

That sounds incredible and scary. Pics?

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341 points·3 months ago

stupid water bottle

Looks like a beer bottle.

Woulda been so much more awesome if it weren't for that fuckhead green bottle.

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Sprite bottle?

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Really, it’s so sad

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Reminds me of Frazil Ice in Yosemite.

This is one of the coolest videos I've seen in a long time, thanks!

For real, holy shit that is awesome.

I didn't think that I would watch a 7 minute video of ice floes but that was really interesting, it's like what happens at the head of a flash flood. Really cool!

The Snow Cone is so awesome!

Also where does the word Frazil come from?

19th Century: from Canadian French frasil, from French fraisil, meaning coal cinders

super interesting

Here's a great video from Hamburg, New York, taken just a few days ago. The footage includes the break up of the smooth ice sheet covering the river, followed by the loosened ice dam. Amazing!

Thank you, that was a beautiful video!

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How screwed would you be if you jumped in?

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The shock of the cold would make you lose any air that's in your lungs. Making you hyper ventilate. Slight chance of cardiac arrest. The water would weigh you down as you would probably be wearing heavy clothing. And finally the current is so strong because of the ice. So 10/10 would recommend!

Edit: The first statement I botched up last night when I was doing this at 3am the technical term is cold shock.

brb going swimming

The shock of the cold would make you lose any air that's be in your lungs. Making you hyper ventilate.

This happened to me once when I fell into cold as fuck water whilst kayaking. Didn't make me hyperventilate at all, in fact my chest constricted and I physically could not breathe.

Sometimes when I slip my hand turning off the shower it gets stuck at the freezing cold temp and I feel like I’m about to die

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Also ice is really sharp.

Sounds exhilarating!

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In rivers moving like that though? I reckon it's a different animal from a frozen lake.

If we are just talking cold shock it's the same. You can fight past the cold shock if you slow your breathing and be calm but if you jump in the flowing ice you will be pushed under and drown more than likely

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Sounds like a great outdoor experience! My children would love to go into a river like this, they're real nature nuts. Thank you for the recommendation, Debra! Can't wait to see you next Bible study

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11/10 with rice?



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The cold shock isn't the only thing to worry about. All that ice hitting/grinding against itself would also be doing the same to you

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You'll be fine, don't be a bitch.

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I love this. It is relaxing watching this gif. I can only imagine how nice it must be to see in person.

It's really cool to see, but I'm not sure I'd call it relaxing.

They can be pretty noisy and destructive. All that ice moving and smashing into other bits of ice is loud, and it'll often take down trees on the shore, docks, sometimes even bridges.

Yeah, I can see how that might not be relaxing for some, but I saw icy rivers and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, and I found it surprisingly relaxing.

But, this is coming from someone that sees very little rushing water and even less ice in Texas.

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Only in Virginia. Going from record cold to 60s back to cold within 4 days

Yup. Yesterday was 60 today is below freezing.

NY had a 70 degree difference in 36 hours.

That happens in every state except Florida and California.

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Upvoted for VA

Upvoted for upvoting VA

Upvoted for up voting someone who upvoted because of VA

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I literally used to sit in this exact spot all of the time and I instantly recognized it. Damn! How crazy with all of the ice.

From one Virginian to another, please pick up that bottle next time.

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Being from Virginia has been popular on front page, from driveway slippy man to this, I see all this stuff on Facebook before it arrives here.

Called the New River it runs really far though. This shot wasn’t actually in Montgomery County (after I dug a little deeper) it was closer to North Carolina maybe an hour or so away from me. But our section of the new river did this too! Pretty neat stuff. It was so cold here for so long I had never seen the river actually freeze up.

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Yep, that Virginia for you, you want 10 degree winters and 105 degree summers... come to Virginia.

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So for anyone interested in VA, it was 72 degrees yesterday and today its in the 20s. There was still ice on the ground.

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O shit Virginia is floating away!

Something in me just wants to jump in.

I feel like this would be a really shitty time to be a fish.

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I live in VA, the cold sucks ass here. working in -15 weather almost gave me frostbite, shit sucks.

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