Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/9/14

That there is a backyard hockey rink. It’s a pretty common sight up here in Minnesota, since all you need to make on is cold (check), water (check) and a flat back yard (easily done). Just wait until it’s cold, hook your garden hose up to the spigot and flood away. After a cold Winter’s night you have an ice sheet to skate on.
Now the key part of making an ice sheet is water, generally from your own source. Two young men from Tinley Park (a suburb on Chicago) forgot about this key factor. They were filling a rink in a backyard near a high school. After a few hours of using the garden hose, they upgraded. To a fire hose attached to a nearby hydrant.This worked fine, until someone noticed the random firehouse snaking off, and called the police. The police followed the hose to the rink, and promptly cited the two young men for tampering with a fire hydrant. They get to go in front of a judge next month, where they will likely me charged for the 26,000 gallons of water tapped from the city. The lesson: Always use your own water.

(from Chicago Tribune)

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