It can get really cold in Wisconsin. Like, really cold. Earlier this year, record lows were set all over the Midwest and Wisconsin was no exception.
When it gets that cold, it can really mess with your car and it's ability to get started and warm up. For one Madison man, the solution was as easy as a Sunday BBQ in June.
Light 'em if ya got 'em!
Yep, for one guy, the solution to warm up his ride was to light up some coals on a baking sheet and set them under his car.
Of course what happened is probably what you would expect - the car lit on fire.
Cynthia Schuster, a spokesperson for the Madison fire department explained what happened: "The owner told firefighters his vehicle had been frozen for the past three days and it wouldn't start. To warm it up, he put charcoal on a baking pan and lit the charcoal. About five minutes later, he noticed flames in the engine compartment and called 911."
The fire department extinguished the fire, but not before it had burned through the front seats and into the back.
Amazingly, this wasn't the first time this week that the Madison fire department responded to a call like this.
Earlier in the week, the fire department responded to ANOTHER guy that tried the same stunt, but he kicked it up a notch by using two trays full of hot coals instead of one. The fire department put the fire out and warned the man not to do it again, but according Schuster, "He said he did it all the time, and would simply buy more charcoal and defy the orders after the firefighters left."
The Darwin Awards for 2019 are still pending, but these could be early contenders.