Don’t do it!
A meteorologist in Iowa has gone viral after urging the young (and the young at heart) not to eat icicles this winter, citing a few nauseating reasons.
Katie Nickolaou is a meteorologist KMEG in Sioux City, although she recently released a practical PSA on TikTok explaining why it’s a bad idea to eat ice spikes hanging off houses or gutters, no matter how much they look a Popsicle from a winter wonderland.
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The quick clip began with a shot of a woman pulling an icicle off a roof and eating it like a carrot, as Nickolaou exclaimed, “Please don’t do that! I’m a meteorologist — I should know.”
“When icicles form, it’s from water that melts off of your roof and runs down the side of a building. Well, here’s the thing – you know what else is on your roof? Bird poop. A lot of it,” she said.
“And that water picks it up and freezes it in the ice,” Nickolaou continued, brandishing an icicle. “You’re eating poop!”
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The winter warning has since been viewed 12 million times on TikTok, and the meteorologist said it’s a surprise that the video has gone so far and wide.
“For the past few weeks, I’ve noticed videos circulating on social media of people eating icicles. It’s practically a right of passage in the Midwest!” Nickolaou told Siouxland News. “I always love telling people weather facts, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to spread some funny and informative meteorological tidbits!”
However, some seasonal skeptics said they won’t be taking the advice.
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“Gotta keep the immune system strong,” one joked.
“Interesting (crunch crunch)” quipped another, who apparently enjoyed eating the icy treats.