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The Winter Maniacs (Swimming in the Vltava)
Prague
Yes, it's that time of year again. Put on that speedo underneath those clothes, today is the day to strip down and jump into our lovely and somewhat filthy Vltava river to do a bit of swimming.

A great deal of people really did show up for this strange event, probably more than fifty swimmers could be found in various states of nudity, making a mockery of us other folk (photographers, friends, and paramedics) dressed in your usual sweaters, coats, hats, and scarves.

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Uploaded: 04/09/2008
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