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A London Brewery Is Giving Away Free Beer Every Time It Rains

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Thanks to Fuller's Brewery, the weather forecast in London is now cloudy with a chance of beer. As Metro.co.uk reports, the local company is making the best of a wet winter by offering social media users free pints of its flagship brew, London Pride, every time it rains. The offer extends through the end of February.

Here’s how to score free drinks: Follow London Pride’s official Twitter feed, which, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., features a live feed of a camera pointed out a window. If you spot rain, give London Pride a shout-out, and include the hashtag #WhenItRainsItPours. The beer handle will tweet you a code, which you can redeem at any Fuller’s pub.

For the uninitiated, London Pride is a classic English ale, with a copper body and a foamy white head. Some people categorize it as a bitter; others, as an English pale ale—but everyone agrees that it's a quintessential local brew.

Keeping with the promotion’s theme, Fuller’s Brewery has recruited legendary BBC weatherman Michael Fish to join their campaign.

"February can often be one of the dreariest months of the year, with the short days and wet weather, so a free pint of London Pride will certainly brighten up peoples’ days," Fish said in a statement.

"I am excited to be part of this campaign," he continued. "I've seen some very rare atmospheric phenomena, but even in all my years as a weatherman, I’ve never seen it rain beer."

[h/t Metro.co.uk]

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It's So Cold In One Part of Russia That People's Eyelashes Are Freezing
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Oymyakon, a rural village in the eastern Russian region of Yakutia, is one of the coldest inhabited spots in the world. While some schools in the U.S. cancel classes as temperatures approach zero, schools in Oymyakon remain open in -40°F weather. But recently temperatures in the region have dropped too low even for seasoned locals to handle. As AP reports, the chill, which hit -88.6°F on January 16, is cold enough to break thermometers and freeze eyelashes.

Photos shared by residents on social media show the mercury in thermometers hovering at -70°F, the lowest temperature some are built to measure. When thermometers fail, people in Oymyakon have other ways of gauging the cold. Their uncovered eyelashes can freeze upon stepping outside. Hot water tossed in the air will also turn to snow before hitting the ground.

To Oymyakon's 500-odd citizens, the most recent cold snap is nothing out of the ordinary. Temperatures are perpetually below freezing there from late October to mid-May, and average temperatures for the winter months frequently reach −58 °F. On Tuesday, residents were advised to stay inside and stay as warm as possible. Of course, that directive wasn't enough to stop some adventurous locals from sneaking outside for selfies.

[h/t AP]

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Heated Mats Keep Steps Ice-Free in the Winter
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The first snow of the season is always exciting, but the magic can quickly run out when you remember all the hazards that come with icy conditions. Along with heating bills, frosted cars, and other pains, the ground develops a coat of ice that can be dangerous for pedestrians and drivers alike. Outdoor steps become particularly treacherous and many people find themselves clutching their railings for fear of making it to the bottom headfirst. Instead of putting salt down the next time it snows, consider a less messy approach: heated mats that quickly melt the ice away.

The handy devices are made with a thermoplastic material and can melt two inches of snow per hour. They're designed to be left outside, so you can keep them ready to go for the whole winter. The 10-by-30-inch mats fit on most standard steps and come with grips to help prevent slipping. A waterproof connector cable connects to additional mats so up to 15 steps can be covered.

Unfortunately, this convenience comes at a price: You need to buy a 120-volt power unit for them to work, and each mat is sold separately. Running at $60 a mat, the price can add up pretty quickly. Still, if you live in a colder place where it's pretty much always snowing, it might be worth it.

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