Daniel Gray's igloo. Photo imgur
A Christchurch man has won the praises of the internet world,
and his girlfriend's mother, after spending five days
building a multi-coloured igloo.
Daniel Gray and his girlfriend Kathleen Starrie have spent
their summer break visiting her family in the winter of
Edmonton, Canada, but instead of spending their time skiing
the slopes or relaxing, Mr Gray was put hard to work.
"My girlfriend's mother had a brilliant idea of building an
igloo and thought it would keep me busy, away from her
daughter in some respect," Mr Gray told the Global Edmonton.
So the mother, Brigid Burton, spent three months collecting
milk cartons that could be used to freeze coloured water into
blocks, and ultimately turned the blocks into an igloo.
The New Zealand couple, with help from Ms Starrie's parents
and a neighbour, then spent five days in temperatures
reaching -25degC building the structure in the Burton's back
"Once I started building it, it was something I just really
wanted to finish, because you can't just leave something like
that unfinished" Mr Gray said.
"There was a few calculations involved, mostly regarding an
estimation of how many blocks we would require, just based on
it being a spherical shape."
All up, more than 500 ice blocks were used.
Mrs Burton said if Mr Gray completed the task she would let
him marry her daughter.
"So I guess I've accomplished that," Mr Gray said, although
he added that marriage was not part of the couple's immediate
Mr Gray then posted his exploits on chat forum reddit,
gaining praise from many people around the world.
Warox13 said "... this is really cool aesthetically, and you
guys did an awesome job on it."
Rustoak 38 said "as an actual Eskimo from Alaska, I approve
Mr Gray replied that he never imagined his story would be so
"The weather channel is now coming over to have an interview
and we are having an igloo party this afternoon."