A German tourist braved freezing conditions in Oymyakon, one of the coldest inhabited settlements in the world, on Thursday, as he took an icy dip into the river while air temperatures stood at -50° Celsius (-58° Fahrenheit). Locals cheered on as the German tourist, having stripped to the briefest of briefs, plunged into an icy river. Ice-dipping is a long-held tradition among Orthodox... Еще Christians. Often observed on Epiphany Day, it celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ and is said to cleanse and purify the plunger. Oymyakon is inhibited by around 500 people and is famous for being one of the coldest permanantly inhabited settlements on Earth.