As the Midwest deals with a record-breaking deep freeze, forecasters have repeatedly warned that the frigid weather could be life-threatening.

Experts have urged people stay indoors as  even a short time in the blistering cold can be extremely dangerous, with the risk of hypothermia and frostbite increasing every minute. And if you must go outdoors, they have advised to dress warmly and cover any exposed skin.

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service (NWS) Sioux Falls  recently offered a strange but amusing demonstration of the importance of bundling up in extremely cold weather — by using bananas.

In a video posted on Twitter, Todd Heitkamp, Meteorologist-in-Charge of NWS Sioux Falls, left two bananas outside in the cold weather — one was peeled, the other was not.

After a few minutes, he returned to show that the peeled banana was completely frozen. The un-peeled banana was revealed to be still soft. Conclusion: be like a banana, and bundle up.

We hope the banana was later put to good use, like in nice smoothie or fruit shake.

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