Man freezes his jeans to ‘reserve’ parking spots, inspires others02/10/2021
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He’s freezing his jeans — and not in the genetic way.
A Chicago man devised an unorthodox way to reserve a parking spot — by freezing his denim pants, so they stand upright in the desired space. His only-in-the-Windy-City method of calling dibs has taken social media by storm.
“Polar vortex fun: pants with nobody inside them!” wrote West Ridge’s Adam Selzer in a tweet with more than 1,300 likes. An accompanying photo shows his frozen pants standing in a parking spot as if H.G. Wells’ “Invisible Man” is guarding the space.
To accomplish the in-jean-ious lifehack, the local tour guide explains that one simply needs to soak a pair of britches and place them outside.
“In about 20 minutes you can form them to shape, and in another 20 they’re solid,” Seltzer writes.
He tweeted a subsequent pic of the Popsicled pants in a parking spot with the caption, “dibs! (In a no parking zone, no less).”
Needless to say, the space-saver’s dungarees-ervations had Twitter in stitches.
“I saw the first picture, and I knew it was chicago immediately,” wrote one gawker.
Another tweeted a pic of similarly chilled trousers, explaining that her husband was “totally inspired” to follow suit. Soon, other tweeters were joining in.
Unfortunately, Selzer’s original stunt skews more performative than practical, as he has reportedly never actually used the pants to put a parking spot on ice.
However, he does plan to take the iced-out attire to the next level.
“The one thing I tried this time that I haven’t before is I also froze a couple of shirts, so we’ll see if this works,” Selzer told CBS Chicago.
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