Minnesota man inspires others to place frozen jeans on lawns

By Daniel Uria  |  Jan. 20, 2016 at 11:42 AM
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MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Homeowners in Minnesota have begun placing frozen jeans in front of their homes as lawn decorations after a local man shared the idea via social media.

Tom Grotting, 61, started the trend after he posted a photo of his display to Facebook group "I Love NE Minneapolis" and encouraged others to try it for themselves.

"I think a few years he's been doing it now. And this year he posted on Facebook and sort of dared people to do it too," neighbor Jolana Bernhardt told KARE.

Grotting said he got the idea from his brother and has carried it on through the years as a form of "lowbrow entertainment."

Another of Grotting's neighbors Diane Roman told the Star Tribune that his displays are one of the few things she looks forward to during the frigid winter months.

"It's the only funny thing about this weather," she said. "I always know the pants are going to be there."

This year, Grotting successfully inspired others in the area to share in his tradition as people posted photos of their own frozen jeans as well as full outfits and even bathing suits frozen solid on their lawns.

Grotting also promised to keep the tradition going as long as the weather remained cold enough to petrify the jeans or until, "my family gets too embarrassed."

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