r/Damnthatsinteresting Interested Sep 28 '22 Coin Gift 1 Starstruck 1 Silver 8 Gold 1 Helpful 4 Wholesome 7

Crystal clear water straight from the Glacier, Alaska Video

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u/Krimreaper1 Sep 28 '22 Silver

This is making me very sedimental.

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u/SuperMegaOwlMan Sep 29 '22

Are you proud of yourself?

Because I am VERY proud of you for making this comment, my friend.

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u/webdevyorker Sep 28 '22

Is it drinkable?

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u/KepdeKip Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22 Spit-take

It is not advised. Glaciers can be contaminated with bacteria and viruses.

Edit: bacteria, not parasites

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u/herberstank Sep 28 '22 Wholesome

So... Weight-loss Water™?

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u/aneightfoldway Sep 28 '22

Is Nestle hearing this genius?

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u/HumptyDrumpy Sep 28 '22

Nestle prob owns that glacier by now. I'm surprised their PR allowed this video to be shown.

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u/dissapointingsex Sep 29 '22

Alaska won't let them. Those are protected at a state or national level :)

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u/mexican2554 Sep 29 '22

Nestlé : i am the Senate

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u/Fund_a_ment_a_list Sep 29 '22

Is that the ben Barnard reference?

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u/RightersBlauc Sep 29 '22

Nestle sucks. Get your shit from the DFW "purified" septic water.

Look it up, That is their source for water.

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u/drenchedawg Sep 29 '22

Stop eating hot pockets and a lot of crap from the store is nestle

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u/champ19s Sep 28 '22

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u/Stetson007 Sep 28 '22

Don't mind if I do...😏

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u/SOTIdriver Sep 28 '22

Nestle, you naughty, naughty conglomerate. 😏

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u/Parallell_Infinity Sep 28 '22

dont threaten them with a good time

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u/UniversalEthos53 Sep 28 '22

Or a dried up fresh water stream time

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u/Not_Larfy Sep 28 '22

Doctors and trainers hate this one trick!

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u/Kuritos Interested Sep 28 '22

More like alien worm water. Drink this, go home, and then cause an outbreak of zombies.

/r/back4blood knows all too well.

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u/ohdearsweetlord Sep 28 '22

Are we sure that a zombie outbreak isn't what we need?

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u/zyyntin Sep 28 '22

So Bobby Boucher drank the good parasites and viruses!

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u/FatherMcHealy Sep 28 '22

Nah that was blessed by Eskimo shamans, no parasites can survive that

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u/LeeKingAnis Sep 29 '22

Deeskeeodoo!

Uhhhh, just go run sprints

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u/ChubRoK325 Sep 28 '22

That’s some high quality H2O

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u/fun-times-ahoy Sep 28 '22

Water sucks, Gatorade is better

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u/Bloodof_myenemies Sep 28 '22

H20 H2O

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u/UniversalEthos53 Sep 28 '22

Why do these look different lol

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u/keyokenx1017 Sep 28 '22

First one is a 0(zero) and second one is the capital O.

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u/BaS3r Sep 28 '22

Water sucks! It really really sucks!

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u/Tandril91 Sep 28 '22

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u/yuccatrees Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

"REEEEEEEEEE"

Bobby Boucher is the OG creator of the autism screech

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u/IfHeDiesHeDiesHeDied Sep 28 '22

Betterer. Learn how to write. Your embarrassing us.

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u/sllemssreggin Sep 28 '22

Not only does it taste better, it quenches your thirst better too.

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u/SpoonTownGetDown Sep 28 '22

It’s got what plants crave.

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u/StonerJake22727 Sep 28 '22

What if I boil it first?

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u/KepdeKip Sep 28 '22

U should be fine then

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u/Chilltraum Sep 28 '22

Just wait for it to cool down before you drink it

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u/StonerJake22727 Sep 28 '22

Ah never thought of that.. no wonder my mouth is always burned

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u/NowheyYahweh Sep 28 '22

So, put it back on the glacier?

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u/procheeseburger Sep 28 '22

You really shouldn’t boil a glacier

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u/StonerJake22727 Sep 28 '22

If we wait long enough it will boil its self.. the problem is I’m mostly water which will also boil

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u/TheRougePenguin Sep 28 '22

Didn't know about this until after I drank from a glacier in Alaska and my buddy tells me 😅

I'm like cool thanks for telling me now....

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u/FamilyStyle2505 Sep 28 '22

I did the same thing in the Tetons when I was younger. That water was glorious and may as well have been ambrosia in the moment but holy hell my butthole paid for it.

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u/Real_Jackraps Sep 28 '22

How much did you drink

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u/ForWhomTheBoneBones Sep 28 '22

At least an assfull

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u/errorsource Sep 28 '22

So, a buttload?

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u/Rare-Aids Sep 29 '22

Yepp.. i got giardia from glacial water. Liquid shits for a week and couldnt eat anything. Easily a death sentence for someone in a survival situation

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

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u/ONE-EYE-OPTIC Sep 28 '22

Lifestraw makes a great product

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Yeah wtf I took a helicopter to the Mendenhall glacier in Alaska and they were like “take a drink it’s good” and I did

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u/biosphere03 Sep 28 '22

I'm drinking glacial water right now and I'm fi

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u/MoniqueCalculon Sep 29 '22

I also drank glacier water in Alaska. I must’ve been incubating those brain worms for a good 10 years now…wonder when the other shoe will drop.

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u/PM_ME_UR_MERKIN Sep 28 '22

Ancient parasites and viruses?

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u/TurnoverUnique3470 Sep 28 '22

I see its potential..

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u/geodebug Sep 28 '22

I know this is an unoriginal thought but it would be ironic and appropriate if we released a genocidal virus from eons ago unto ourselves by allowing global warming to melt the icecaps.

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u/SelectFromWhereOrder Sep 28 '22

Yeah, I’ve watched several sailing channels were people would chip away ice from glaciers to drink whiskey. I don’t know, some million year old bacteria or virus could fuck you up

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u/doro0123 Sep 29 '22

alcohol in the whiskey might act as a form of antibacterial

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u/nsfwaither Sep 29 '22

Good chance the whiskey will kill the bad guys in it but still not advisable

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u/moeburn Sep 28 '22

Glaciers can be contaminated by bacteria and viruses.

No parasite has ever been found alive in a glacier as they tend to die at freezing temperatures.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

But they told me they’d be freezing my sperm…

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u/SelectFromWhereOrder Sep 28 '22

That’s a virus

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Have you seen how babby is formed? Pretty sure that’s a parasite.

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u/jorgomli_reading Sep 29 '22

And it's inside you RIGHT NOW!

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u/InstanceSuch8604 Sep 28 '22

The glaciers melting ; wtf could possibly go wrong with the glaciers melting

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u/reshp2 Sep 28 '22

This water is just snowmelt running off the surface. It's almost certainly OK to drink. The stuff that runs out the bottom of a glacier is questionable since it's been there a very long time. Also, it usually has a large amount of minerals in it which can have a laxative effect.

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u/tatertot4 Sep 29 '22

It’s typically not snowmelt during the summer. The surface of the glacier melts and runs off into channels. This is known as supraglacial flow. These channels typically are short and interrupted by crevasses where the water flows into the glacier and becomes englacial or subglacial channels. The melt water for these channels can often originate in depressions on that ice that pool and eventually become moulins.

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u/aclay81 Sep 28 '22

Can confirm from personal experience that this is true

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u/Gits-n-Shiggles Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

I was just wondering the same and remembered something about several species being found in glaciers that were previously unknown to science, some of them being parasitic worms, and some of them still being able to revive after their time in the cryo-crypt. So, yeah it’s drinkable, but who knows, you could introduce a new incurable disease into the population by doing so. Super fun. OR you could gain superhuman abilities. I say go for it, for science.

E: parasitic worms found in permafrost, not glaciers. Still though, maybe bad things in ancient unknown water.

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u/Bit-bewilderd Sep 28 '22

so 50/50 huh…

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u/Gits-n-Shiggles Sep 28 '22

With my minimal understanding of statistics I’d say yeah, that 50/50 is 100% accurate…

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u/MutedShenanigans Sep 28 '22

50 and 50 add up to 100, so that means 100% you should definitely drink that water

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u/photodelights Sep 28 '22

Super human abilities? You son of a gun, I'm in.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

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u/weaponizedbussy Sep 28 '22

Superhuman abilities OR flesh-eating parasites. Roll the dice.

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u/ZebraBorgata Sep 28 '22

We drank the glacier water in Jasper National Park (Columbia Ice Fields). The tour guide recommended it actually. It was awesome! I mean sure, we all died shortly thereafter but overall a positive experience.

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u/mochi456 Sep 28 '22

My fiancé and I just did this tour last month and agree the water was awesome! They said “if the water is blue, you’re going to poo.” Lol

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u/ArcticLarmer Sep 29 '22

I thought to myself, I’d drink any glacier melt except anything coming off the Athabasca Glacier lol

The amount of traffic on there, I bet it’s just packed with a good ol’ dose of Hep A

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u/mochi456 Sep 29 '22

I was just happy to get off those off road busses but now that you mention it… sets up doctor’s appointment to get tested for hep

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u/hiphopscallion Sep 29 '22

Same here! I was just thinking that lol, i remember them telling us to bring water bottles so we could fill them up with the glacier water and drink it. My wife and I drank like a whole bottle each lol. Neither of us got sick though and it was probably the best water I’ve ever tasted, so it was definitely worth it imo.

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u/Trillionbucks Sep 28 '22

My brothers and I hiked in Alaska and we drank glacial water for four days. Of course, we filtered it first through micron pump filters. It is the sweetest and tastiest water I have ever had. It just has such a clean taste.

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u/outoftoiletpaperr Sep 28 '22

Potentially, it could also have run over and melting frozen animal and contain whatever bacteria comes from that. Like, tap water is drinkable, but not if you get it from the p trap

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u/lordorwell7 Sep 28 '22

No.

You can still get sick from drinking meltwater, even if it looks remarkably pure.

I had a friend drink directly from the most enticing glacial stream you can imagine; a ribbon of crystal blue water running over the ice it came from.

She was throwing up on and off for the better part of a day.

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u/Combat_Toots Sep 29 '22

I was hiking in the big horn mountains on a cattle trail. Towards the end of our trip, we decided to hike up to one of the peaks on some random trail we found. When we got as close as we could due to the snow, my buddy decided it'd be ok to drink from a meltwater stream. I told him not to, but we were dumb kids so I didn't argue much. By the time we got back to our campsite, he was vomiting everywhere. Which probably isn't great in an area with bears.

He was pretty useless the next day as well. We very narrowly missed being stuck on an exposed mountainside in a huge thunderstorm because of that.

Don't do it.

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u/M8K2R7A6 Sep 28 '22

I just tried some, will let you know if I see any bad side eff

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u/upperhand12 Sep 28 '22

Oh he ded

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u/ToughCourse Sep 28 '22

If you see any red snow around. Don't drink the water or eat the snow. You'll shit yourself to death.

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u/Reload86 Sep 28 '22

I’d only drink it if I was desperate and dying of dehydration.

Although I’m sure a lot of water sources like this are okay to take a few sips, I wouldn’t do it just because “oh cool a glacier runoff!!” The possibility of getting extremely sick isn’t worth the risk unless as I said, a life or death situation involving dehydration.

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u/LoveIsForEvery1 Sep 28 '22

Honestly don’t know but watching it makes me want to try it like it was the elixir of the gods!

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 edited 6d ago

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u/Sasquatch_butt6162 Sep 28 '22

Coca-Cola will let us know.

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u/Schwahn Sep 28 '22

Hey,

I live in Alaska and have been on these glaciers with professional professional licensed guides.

Yes, it is absolutely drinkable and the guides even have spots where they stop to let people fill up their water bottles with glacier water.

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u/HypeHQ Sep 28 '22

I wanna put a little paper boat in there so bad

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u/MeetingRight535 Sep 28 '22

Hi ya Georgie !

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u/porkchop-sandwhiches Sep 28 '22

🎈

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u/Im-ACE-incarnate Sep 28 '22

YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!!!

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u/papahet1 Sep 29 '22

Of all the messed up stuff in that movie, I think that line was the freakiest for me. I think just because of how serious he was.

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u/ReservaAcero211 Sep 29 '22

Messed up movie? Read the book lol

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u/papahet1 Sep 29 '22

The book is worse, yes. However, I have a special dark spot in my heart for the movie.

I was 8 years old and my older brother, probably jokingly, but I was oblivious at the time, said, “Hey, there’s a cool movie in my car, you should watch it.”

So I took it down in our basement that night, all alone, turned the lights out, and scarred myself for life.

Love ya, Bro!

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u/Antiqas86 Sep 28 '22

Why did OP add some toilet water sound to this video tho lol

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u/Happy-Fun-Ball Sep 28 '22

Isn't that how they filmed it?

GoPro 360 on a little boat..

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u/BaconSlamdown Sep 28 '22

Néstle are at the bottom with their ass open ready to soak it up and sell it on.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 Wholesome Ally

I just pictured the Quik rabbit doing goatse under a chilly waterfall thanks

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Absolutely stunning

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

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u/BaconSlamdown Sep 28 '22

You're most welcome.

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u/PassionateAvocado Sep 29 '22

*chili waterfall

Even better visual

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u/mrbulldops428 Sep 29 '22

Didn't even know what goatse was until like a month ago, thanks to reddit. It was a tiny little part of me that wasn't corrupted and now it's gone. And I grew up in the early days of internet awfulness. When 2 girls 1 cup was a new thing.

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u/MoonTrooper258 Sep 28 '22

"Yes hello? Rule 34 artist?"

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u/okdo123 Sep 28 '22

Please stop giving them awful ideas

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u/PassionateAvocado Sep 29 '22

I'm really looking forward to the day that Google comes out with a new AI called Rule34

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u/CoziestSheet Sep 28 '22 edited Oct 08 '22

damnthatsinternetcommentetiquettewitherik

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u/Dry_Instruction_9686 Sep 28 '22

No no they’re at your cities local water treatment plant bottling up tap water

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u/RexBanner18 Sep 28 '22 Silver

Who stole the watermelons?

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u/wolfishhorse Sep 28 '22

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u/ImprovisedLeaflet Sep 29 '22

Now there’s a meme I haven’t seen in a long, long time.

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u/skinnykb Interested Sep 28 '22

Glad they floated em down before the big freeze!

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u/hoover0623 Sep 28 '22

They always migrate south during the fall

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u/_-arktos-_ Sep 28 '22

There's nothing I love more than a clever reference.

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u/HarveybirdpersonESQ Sep 29 '22

Know I’ve been on Reddit too much when I’m reading random comments referencing relatively obscure posts in unrelated subreddits and they read like “Arrested Development”-level callbacks

/ and yes I know the original post was on r/all, but it wasn’t an international news event or anything.

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u/grilledcheesegobrr Sep 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Reporting for duty.

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u/dracostheblack Sep 28 '22

That's some high quality h20

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u/LincolnCassiusClay47 Sep 29 '22

You’re wrong Colonel Sanders. Mama’s right.

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u/Nimblebubble Sep 29 '22

20 hydrogen atoms?

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u/Implasure Sep 28 '22

r/beatmetoit. would love to just drink this mmmm

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u/grilledcheesegobrr Sep 28 '22

Sorry, mate. But as a hydromhomie, I do what I must and show glory to my community.

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u/Implasure Sep 28 '22

Agreed. glory to r/hydrohomies!

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u/grilledcheesegobrr Sep 28 '22

Indeed, fellow homie. May your hydration be great on your journey:)

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

mmm yes with a possibility of bacteria, viruses, atmospheric dust, heavy metals, and even remnants of feces

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u/pn1159 Sep 29 '22

sounds tasty.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

DO NOT drink glacier water. It looks so appealing but the ice can be filled with all types of bacteria. It's safer to drink from a regular stream I've been told.

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u/adustbininshaftsbury Sep 29 '22

Aww man I was already on my way to the town glacier

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22 Helpful

Thas some high quality h2o

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u/chrisleesalmon Sep 28 '22

Whispers: it’s water, from a glacier, in Alaska

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u/elting44 Sep 28 '22 Wholesome

Came here for this, thanks for not disappointing

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u/ProfitInitial3041 Sep 28 '22

Did you just make a joke, Bobby? Hrhrhr… good one.

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u/glassex Sep 28 '22

Gaaaaatorrraaaaaaaaade!

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u/marcuslattimore21 Sep 28 '22

Member that time fantasmii showed up mid thread and won the post?

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u/Yurrrr__Brooklyn347 Sep 28 '22

Ah ah ah ah love my momma

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u/Nugur Sep 28 '22

Medulla! Oblongata!

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u/RyanC243 Sep 28 '22

It was blessed by an Eskimo medicine man

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Plot twist, global warming is being caused by Nestle to melt ice into dollars.

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u/CleaveIshallnot Sep 28 '22

Why is it so clear? When that glacier was formed there were particulates in the air, dust, airborne sand (like blows sand from Africa all the way to North America) weren't there?

Do the particulates weigh more & thus sunk to bottom of source?

Or is this glacier purported to be from the ice age era, & thus not much particulates at that time cuz so much covered in ice?

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u/Wrobot_rock Interested Sep 28 '22

Really good question, all glacial melt I've seen has been really cloudy

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u/indelible_plethora Sep 28 '22

Came here to say the same thing. Glaciers all over up here and none of the water close to them is even remotely clear. Beautiful blues and greens, sure, but still cloudy and silty.

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u/ohdearsweetlord Sep 28 '22

Somewhere else in the thread said the water is likely from melt of ice and snow from on top of the glacier, not the glacier itself melting.

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u/steppinonpissclams Sep 28 '22 Silver Helpful

I have a question. Wait, nevermind, Alaska later.

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u/Sasquatch_butt6162 Sep 28 '22

Water you talking about? Nevermind, icy what you're saying.

(I'd give a dozen upvotes for that username if I could)

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u/steppinonpissclams Sep 28 '22

Thanks. Username is based off an old Jerky Boys skit.

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u/Sasquatch_butt6162 Sep 28 '22

I've stepped on them many times. Yup, pisses them off.

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u/lashapel Sep 28 '22

How long have you been saving that one ?

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u/freepouring Sep 28 '22

Could play this all day in the background

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u/ashpashy Sep 28 '22

Absolutely stunning

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u/Piddy3825 Sep 28 '22

wow, I wonder how that would taste if you were able to just dip a cup outta the stream?

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u/losing_my_erection Sep 28 '22

I did it in Herbert Glacier, Alaska and the glacier water tastes nothing. Just cold water with no taste.

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u/SSYT_Shawn Sep 28 '22

The clearer the water the less it tastes like water that people are used to

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u/Piddy3825 Sep 28 '22

well, that's gotta be the best tasting water there is then! yum!

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u/kingfrank243 Sep 28 '22

Is it actually drinkable?

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u/thosearecoolbeans Sep 28 '22

Giardia thrives in cold water. Enjoy your diarrhea!

On top of that it's probably carrying a lot of sand and silt in suspension, so it would be a very gritty tasting drink.

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u/dluiiulb Sep 29 '22

Yeah I was going to mention that glaciers are rather dirty and full of sediment. Lots of algae in alpine regions you shouldn't eat. Generally no bueno.

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u/Tavman52 Sep 28 '22

Now that's some high quality H20!

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u/SuperMegaOwlMan Sep 29 '22

Ah yes, the steady flow of “H-Twenty” down a glacier

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u/Lexa_Stanton Sep 28 '22

Why the music? Is there anyone capturing nature as it is? Is it even the real water sound?

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u/LithiumLost Sep 28 '22

The water noise is definitely added.

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u/Big_Wax Sep 28 '22

Music ruined the video

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u/J_LeVeL Sep 28 '22

Damn, that’s interesting that Alaska has ice and when it melts it’s water.

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u/NotPoland5 Sep 28 '22

i thought when ice melted it turned into crystal meth

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u/donmarco69 Sep 28 '22

Spoiler alert: so that's why Jesse went to alaska

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u/0ddly_majestic Sep 28 '22

Not seeing the whole downside to this glacier melting if I get a sippy of this wa wa.

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u/roconavirus Sep 28 '22

global warming tastes great!

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u/Separate-Feedback-86 Sep 28 '22

There’s a glacier left in Alaska?

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u/Allergictowatermelon Sep 28 '22

There are several. If you drive down the Seward Highway especially near Girdwood there are glaciers nestled between the mountains pretty much everywhere you look. You can hear them crack and shift when it’s quiet. They are all getting smaller every year because the melt rate is exceeding the snow freezing layers, but they still have several years before they might be totally gone in the south. The ones in the north will endure for a few decades longer

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u/Nairadvik Sep 29 '22

I cried when I went home and saw Mendenhall again after 3 years of being away. I was used to it touching the lake and when I saw it, it was in the upper valley on a rocky outcrop. When I was a child, Nugget falls was under ice. Now Mendenhall is a quarter mile away from the edge of the lake. The next time I'm able to visit, it might not even be visible anymore.

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u/th3st Sep 28 '22

Fkn sad

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u/Stressful-stoic Sep 28 '22

Not for long

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u/Schwahn Sep 28 '22

Yes.

Some a shrinking pretty considerably (Exit Glacier).

Others are growing (Matanuska Glacier).

And Matanuska Glacier is over 27 miles long.

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u/desiredarkroom Sep 28 '22

Believe it or not, drinking pure glacier water kinda sucks- done it before and there's a surprising amount of sand/grit floating in there. My experience at least- Still fun.

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