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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Cool wave pictures ... from Antarctica

March 17, 2008 at 03:17 PM

Here we go again. The following awesome pictures of ice waves are being passed around as though they were from Lake Huron in Michigan. Here’s text of the e-mail I received.

Michigan has had the coldest winter in decades. Water expands to freeze, and at Macinaw City the water in Lake Huron below the surface ice was supercooled. It expanded to break through the surface ice and froze into this incredible wave. I’ve seen pictures of this wave phenomena in Antarctica, but in Michigan? Yes, it’s been quite a winter!

Is this true? Not really according to a report by Joe Charlevoix of TV 7-4 in Michigan. Writes Charlevoix:

I must point this out based on the amount of e-mails I’ve received regarding enormous frozen waves that are supposedly near Mackinac Island in Lake Huron. The e-mails usually have the title “Fw: An ice wave from the floor of lake huron near Mackinaw Island./Michigan” The pictures, are indeed real, and are really amazing. However, they are not taken anywhere near Michigan. Odds are that they are from somewhere around Antarctica.

As with any suspect e-mail, a trip to was in order. Click here to read their post on this e-mail.

That the text is incorrect not does not take away from how cool the pictures are. But I just don’t understand why people have to pass off something like this and fake where it is from. Doesn’t April Fools Day come just once a year? Really, what’s the big rush out of tricking people?

Oh well. Enjoy the pictures.

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