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There are many things that we may do in the wintertime because they have been a personal tradition for many years. This may include making snowmen, sledding, and perhaps, licking icicles.

Although making snowmen and sledding are likely to continue on our list of fun things to do in the winter, we may shy away from ingesting any icicles. After all, a meteorologist in Iowa is telling us they may be full of feces. She posted the video on TikTok and almost 2 million people have watched it.


Don’t eat icicles! Please respect the fact that I edited out the original woman in the video (I have her permission) #IciclePoop

♬ original sound – nickolaou.weather

Katie Nickolaou is the meteorologist from Sioux Falls, who shows someone crunching on an icicle while giving the warning that we should not do it. The reason why we shouldn’t do it is enough to send you screaming in the opposite direction from any icicles you see.

“When icicles form, it’s from water that melts off your roof and runs down the side of a building,” said Nickolaou. “You know what else is on your roof? Bird poop. A lot of it.”

Photo: TikTok / weather_katie

Most icicles form on the edge of locations where there is runoff and they often pick up fecal matter in the process. Those frozen pieces of joy we see hanging on our ledges may be beautiful, but they are unsavory when you consider what is on the inside.

Many people appreciated the warning, although some were wondering why you had to be a meteorologist to know this. Still others say they have been eating icicles for years and have had no ill effects.

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