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Plunging around the world

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Craig Ruttle/AP Photo |

Swimmers jump into frigid waters at Coney Island beach in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014, as they take part in the 111th Annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge.

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Craig Ruttle/AP Photo |

A first wave of swimmers jump into frigid waters at Coney Island beach in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014, as they take part in the 111th Annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge.

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Patrick Pleul/AP Photo |

Ice swimmer Helmut Langgemach holds up a piece of ice while swimming in the two degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) cold water of lake Muellrose on New Year's Day in Muellrose, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Seven men and a woman from the Frankfurt/Oder region greeted the new year with a traditional swim in the cold water on New Year's Day.

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Gyorgy Varga/AP Photo |

People take a dip into the chilly water of Lake Balaton during the third annual New Year's swim in Szigliget, 164 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The temperature of the lake was three degrees Celsius (37 Fahrenheit).

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Dale Gerhard, Press of Atlantic City/AP Photo |

Polar bear plungers Mike Kuharik of Smithville, left, Kira Dougherty of Galloway, and Sven Peltonen of Brigantine, get ready to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean at 12th Street in Brigantine, N.J., Wednesday Jan 1, 2014. Brigantine held it's annual New Year's Day polar bear plunge to start off the new year with hundreds of participants taking part in the event by running into the icy Atlantic Ocean to kick off 2014.

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Markus Schreiber/AP Photo |

A man with a New Years hat decorated with flowers attends the annual New Year's swimming of the winter swimming club Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) at Oranke Lake in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Jacqueline Dormer, The Republican-Herald/AP Photo |

Thrill seekers make their way back to land after taking the plunge in the cold water during the 5th Annual Pine Creek Polar Bear Plunge in Valley View Park in Valley View, Pa., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The event is a benefit for the Pine Creek Trout Nursery. Pine Creek Trout Nursery is a cooperative of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the Valley View Gun Club. Each year, the nursery gets approximately 6,500 fish that are grown at the nursery and then used for a fishing rodeo and stocking local creeks.

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Farther out in Pontiac Bay, a woman swims alongside her balancing dog before the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Wash. About 300 people participated in the first Polar Bear Plunge in 2003; since then, attendance has nearly reached 1,000 attendees.

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Markus Schreiber/AP Photo |

A woman with a colorful dress walks into the water as she attends the annual New Year's swimming of the winter swimming club Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) at Oranke Lake in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Charles Slate, The Sun News/AP Photo |

People run to the ocean during the Ocean Lakes 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Each person donated a nonperishable food item that will go to local food banks.

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Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone/AP Photo |

People toast with champagne while swimming in the cold water, during the annual swim in the Lake of Geneva for celebrating the New Year at the Bains des Paquis, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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Craig Ruttle/AP Photo |

Swimmers improvise a formal tea after jumping into the frigid waters at Coney Island beach in New York Wednesday, Jan. 1 2014, as they take part in the 111th Annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge.

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Jordan Stead, seattlepi.com/AP Photo |

Girls react to the frigid waters of Pontiac Bay during the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Matthews Beach Park in Seattle, Wash. About 300 people participated in the first Polar Bear Plunge in 2003; since then, attendance has nearly reached 1,000 attendees.

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Markus Schreiber/AP Photo |

A woman with a New Years hat attends the annual New Year's swimming of the winter swimming club Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) at Oranke Lake in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

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