Oymyakon, Russia, holds the record for the coldest place on Earth to live with a record low temperature of minus 90 degrees Fahrenheiht recorded on Feb. 6, 1933. About 500 frozen souls live in this corner of Siberia, just a few hundred miles from the Arctic Circle. Such an extreme northerly position means that during the winter, the sky is dark for 21 hours a day while in the summer it's dark for only three hours each day.
The climate is so hostile that planes can't land during the winter, Wired reports, and the town is a two-day drive from the nearest major city, which is more than 500 miles away. But locals have their survival tricks, such as a diet of reindeer and horse milk, which contain micronutrients, and ox meat, which supplies the body with enough calories to fight the elements. Also, according to Wired, they keep their cars running 24/7 and warm the ground with a bonfire for several days before burying their dead.