Minneapolis Is Getting Pranked By Frozen Pants!

January 19, 2016

People in Minnesota are literally freezing their pants off - at least that's what you might think if you were to visit Minneapolis right now.

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Courtesy Tom Grotting / ABC News

Tom Grotting is famous in his Minneapolis neighborhood for freezing pants and placing them in unlikely places.

Grotting soaks the pants in a bucket of water and then hangs them outside, sculpting them as they freeze. The process takes less than 30 minutes, he said.

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Courtesy Tom Grotting / ABC News

Past locations have ranged from outside the neighborhood coffee shop to next to parking meters near his company, Digital Pictures, Inc., in downtown Minneapolis.

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Courtesy Tom Grotting / ABC News

"I put them right outside my office window so I took pictures of people awkwardly squeezing in between the frozen pants as they tried to fill the meter," Grotting told ABC News.

Grotting began the tradition a few years ago when what was described as a Polar Vortex left Minneapolis with unbearably cold temperatures.

"It was just on us for weeks on end so I took advantage of the Polar Vortex and froze some pants," Grotting said. "You can usually wear them again - it's not unlike washing your clothes – but in this case they ended up getting kind of ratty because I kept doing it."

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Courtesy Tom Grotting / ABC News

This year, Grotting's frozen pants prank has gone viral after he posted photos to the neighborhood Facebook page.

"People have tried it themselves and it's caught on, he said. "All over Northeast Minneapolis, people are freezing their pants. There is no end in sight."

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