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Taking the Plunge -A New Year's Day Tradition

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Several hundred people take part in the traditional New Year's swim on the island of Norderney in the North Sea, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/dpa)
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Image: Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome

Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome January 1, 2015. Four men dived into the muddy waters of the Tiber from the Cavour bridge, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
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Image: Swimmers in fancy dress splash as they participate in the New Year's Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland

Swimmers in fancy dress splash as they participate in the New Year's Day Loony Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland January 1, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
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CARNLOUGH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 1: Angela McClements takes the plunge as swimmers brave the icy waters during the New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour on January 1, 2015 in Carnlough, Northern Ireland. The annual event on the north Antrim coast supports Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus charities. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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An arial shows participants running towards the North Sea during the traditional New Year's Dive to celebrate New Year 2015 on the beach in Scheveningen, on January 1, 2015. The New Year's dive was held for the fiftieth time in Scheveningen. AFP PHOTO /ANP / BRAM VAN DER BIEZEN =NETHERLANDS OUT=BRAM VAN DER BIEZEN/AFP/Getty Images
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People participate in the traditional New Years dip in the sea at Malo-Les-Bains near Dunkirk on January 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
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People hold glasses of champagne as they celebrate in the 7 degrees waters of the Lake Geneva, during the New Year's traditional bath, on January 1, 2015 in Geneva. Around 50 swimmers took part in the 21th edition of the traditionnal bath to mark the New Year. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
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A woman plugs her nose as she leaps from the government wharf into the frigid North Atlantic in the annual New Year's Day polar bear swim in Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada, on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)
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People run into the frigid ocean during the Sons of Ireland's annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Asbury Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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epa04544600 A participant braves the sub-zero temperatures as they take part in a New Year's Day 'polar bear dip' to benefit a local children's hospital at Britannia Beach in Ottawa, Canada, 01 January 2015. EPA/COLE BURSTON
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Image: Swimmers swim in San Francisco Bay toward the Aquatic Park during the annual New Year's Day swim in San Francisco, California

Swimmers swim in San Francisco Bay toward the Aquatic Park during the annual New Year's Day swim in San Francisco, California January 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
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