A Minnesota college student braved the brutal cold gripping the Midwest in a pair of shorts on Tuesday –– and he doesn’t want his mom to know.
In a photo accompanying a recent Star Tribune report on the freezing temperatures in the region, a University of Minnesota is shown crossing University Avenue Southeast wearing a winter coat and a pair of shorts.
The photo’s caption revealed why the student declined to be identified in the picture.
“Miles, a University of Minnesota student who declined to give his last name because he said his mom would be mad at him for how he was dressed, crossed University Avenue Southeast in shorts Tuesday,” the caption read.
A reporter with the publication shared the photo and caption on Twitter, declaring it “CAPTION OF THE YEAR.” And the photo quickly made its way across the Twittersphere, with the post amassing more than 29,000 retweets.
It is unclear whether the student’s mother has found out about his lack of winter-wear.
The teen’s stunt comes as thousands seek refuge from the dangerous polar vortex wreaking havoc on the Midwest.
This week, residents in the Midwest, the Dakotas and Western New York are experiencing some of the coldest temperatures to hit the region in more than two decades, according to The Weather Channel.
Meanwhile, parts of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin, had frozen over by Wednesday morning.
Temperatures in the Midwest were below zero on Thursday, with schools and businesses closed and officials urging residents to stay inside, according to the New York Times. At least eight people have died as a result of the weather, according to the Times.
On Wednesday, Gerald Belz, an 18-year-old University of Iowa student, died at a hospital after being found unresponsive by campus police outside of a campus building. On Tuesday, 55-year-old Charley Lampley was found “frozen” dead outside his Milwaukee garage after shoveling snow near the residence.
Chicago is expected to see a low of -21 degrees this week and temperatures in parts of Minnesota could reach -65 degrees, according to the Associated Press, citing the National Weather Service. Now that the dangerously cold weather has set in, experts say it may stick around for the next several weeks.
“It’s not the end of the movie yet,” Judah Cohen, a winter storm expert for Atmospheric Environmental Research, told the AP. “I think at a minimum, we’re looking at mid-February, possibly through mid-March.”