Beat the heat by thinking cold

Beat the heat by thinking cold
Beat the heat by thinking cold

While our friends on the East Coast are reaching a slow boil as temperatures top 100 and the asphalt buckles beneath their melting flip-flops, we offer this not-so expert suggestion on how to stay cool, at least under the collar: Think cold thoughts.

To get you started, there's a new Minus5 Ice Bar opening next month at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Minus5, a New Zealand import, opened its first U.S. ice lounge at Mandalay Bay in 2008. The new ice bar will include all the frozen glory of the original, where everything is made of Canadian ice including the bar, tables, walls, benches and even the glasses you drink from. Not sure how your souvenir glass will travel home, but perhaps a photo of it will suffice. And no, I have no idea why Canadian ice is superior to the home-grown variety but it certainly does produce better hockey players.

By the way, the iced environment at Minus5 is kept at 23-degrees Fahrenheit, about what you feel when you stick your head in the freezer every hour. The ice sculptures -- including the one of Elvis -- are recreated every two or three months. Mittens are advised. Pretty dreamy stuff, isn't it?

OK, so you want some more practical tips to stay cool: