THE Polar Vortex joke today is that Hell has frozen over – as in Hell, a town in Michigan.
As cold weather continues to hit the US, the small town of Hell has ground to a halt due to a thick carpet of snow.
Temperatures in the small town yesterday plunged to -13C, with a wind chill of -33C
The 200 residents of Hell have been cut off by frozen snow and have been helping each other keep warm
The town of Hell is not thought to take its name from the fiery pit of eternal torment and there are two different theories for the origins of the town’s name.
The first is that a pair of German travelers stepped out of a stagecoach one sunny afternoon in the 1830s, and one said to the other, ‘So schön hell!’ meaning ‘So beautifully bright!’. Their comments were overheard by some locals and the name stuck.
Another possible theory is that soon after Michigan gained statehood, George Reeves was asked what he thought the town he helped settle should be called and replied, ‘I don’t care, you can name it Hell for all I care’.
In a rare turn of events, Hell, Norway, is warmer than its U.S. namesake.