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November 19, 2009 2:13 PM   Subscribe

Ahh, Winter! I'm sure we're all looking forward to Christmas presents, heated car seats, and New Year's resolutions that last as long as our hangovers. But it can't be all fun and games - thus, we enter Cold Water Boot Camp, instructed by none other than Professor Popsicle (U of Manitoba's Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht), who was back in the news last week after he drove a Mercury Sable into Winnipeg's Red River.
posted by mannequito (5 comments total)
Cold Water Boot Camp: The (very short) Movie (2:07), and Cold Water Boot Camp USA (10:05)
posted by filthy light thief at 2:33 PM on November 19, 2009

Didn't he also do a segment with Rick Mercer?
posted by GuyZero at 2:37 PM on November 19, 2009

"Discouraged by the lack of public awareness (of himself), Professor Popsicle found himself back in cold water again."
posted by longsleeves at 2:45 PM on November 19, 2009

There have been a few segments about Dr. Giesbrecht on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet. In one of them, they instrumented him with temperature probes and then lowered him into a tank of ice-cold water to measure how quickly his core temperature dropped. And because shivering would affect the results, they prevented it with a sufficient dose of demerol. It looked like a thoroughly unpleasant experience.
posted by FishBike at 3:38 PM on November 19, 2009

Dr. Giesbrecht was on Season 3, Episode 3 of the Rick Mercer Report 22 November 2005.

I couldn't find streaming video of the segment online, but it's not hard to find the right torrent. Not that I would condone that sort of highly illegal behaviour. No, sir, not me.
posted by The Narrator at 9:01 PM on November 19, 2009

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