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Posted on January 5, 2021, at 3:32 p.m. ET
Let’s be real, icicles look delicious. They look so shiny, so crisp, so refreshing. And that cronch, so satisfying.
Katie Nikolaou is a meteorologist with KMEG in Sioux City, Iowa. She got her degree a year and a half ago, but has wanted to be a meteorologist since she was four years old.
“I was in a tornado and I really enjoyed it,” she told BuzzFeed News. “Instead of being freaked out, I just kind of went with it.”
She also recently got started on TikTok, where she said she’s been a long-time lurker. She said she kept seeing videos of people eating icicles that had formed on their roofs, and she just knew she had to set the record straight.
“Please don’t do that. I’m a meteorologist, I should know,” she says in a now-viral TikTok.
“When icicles form it’s from water that runs off your roof,” she continues. “You know what else is on your roof? Bird poop. A lot of it.”
Don’t eat icicles! Please respect the fact that I edited out the original woman in the video (I have her permission) #IciclePoop
This was apparently big news to people, as the TikTok now has 13 million views and counting.
“If you hang around weather nerds enough you’re going to find some really weird facts,” she said.
Some commenters also pointed out that they may be poopy, but icicles are also perfect murder weapons.
But Nikolaou burst that bubble, too. In another TikTok, she demonstrated that while pointy, icicles are too fragile for stabbing purposes.
Reply to @_california_girly They won’t impale you, but they can cause blunt force trauma #DontDoIt Thanks @katiecopple for doing this 🤣 #Icicle
She said an icicle can still absolutely break off and hurt you by falling on you, but again, not great for stabbing.
“Honestly It was mostly to amuse myself, I never thought it would go viral,” she said.
“I just think it’s because so many people have eaten icicles. It’s just one of those shocking things.”
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