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Claim: Photographs show Swiss landscape and vehicles encrusted with ice from severe cold weather.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: These pictures of cars, boats, trees, and other landscape features encrusted with ice from severe cold weather began circulating on the Internet in late
Various e-mailed versions of these photos claim such diverse geographic origins for them as Massachusetts, Newfoundland, and Switzerland. The latter is correct, as these pictures correspond to other photographs and news accounts of a freezing storm that hit the area of
The cold did not save sailing ships moored in the ports of Léman. In Geneva, several boats sank under the weight of the ice. Several minor roads were closed, passage having been made impossible by the ice and the snowdrifts. In downtown Geneva, Servette Street was closed after the rupture of a water pipeline transformed the roadway into a true skating rink.These images also correspond to similar photos on a
Last updated: 23 February 2005
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