Surfing the Summer Heat Wave

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A summer heat wave has rolled into the East Coast.  Temperatures in many parts of the region have soared into triple digits.  With the record-high temperatures comes record-high energy usage and strained power grids as people try to cope with the sweltering air. If your air conditioner is on the fritz, you might try to learn something from the following summer warriors.

A day at the beach is a great way to fight back against a summer heat wave.  Cool water, hot bodies and maybe a pickup game of bocce ball can all be found at your local shore, but it's not every day that a master of illusion makes an appearance.  In this video, magician Criss Angel trades in his black leather and chains for a more beach-friendly t-shirt and trunks, proving that the source of his magic isn't in his wardrobe.

It's not just a figure of speech.  Under the right high-temperature conditions you really can fry an egg on the street.  It may not be sanitary; you can't scramble the egg; and forget about making an omelet.  Still, it's nice to know that if the heat knocks out your power, indefinite survival is possible with only a chicken and a square foot of hot concrete.

A trip to the pool may be the most accessible antedote to a summer heatwave for most Americans, but as YouTube sensation Fred Figgelhorn learned, setting up your own backyard oasis is not without its hazards.  Fred, portrayed by Lucas Cruikshank with the help of digital voice alteration, is insecure about swimming with his shirt off and needs floaties even in his tiny inflatable pool.  Things get awkward when a girl he has a crush on spies him in the midst of his swim.  The video must strike some universal chord or tap into the human condition, as it has been viewed more than 42 million times.

The recommended daily water intake is 64 ounces. This is especially important in high-temperature conditions.  If you're to believe the marketing team behind Evian bottled water, all 64 ounces should be crystal-clear Evian mineral water.  If it can turn toddlers into acrobatic rollerskating wonders, what might Evian do for you?

Water parks can be a great refuge from the summer sun.  They have all the benefits of the beach without the hot, messy sand and bitter salt water.  It's best, though, to enjoy the attractions of a water park during regular business hours.  This may seem obvious, but there is evidence on YouTube to support the claim that some people don't believe ride attendants, lifeguards, or even running water are required to enjoy a trip down the local water slide.

Sweltering temperatures do not preclude a good party, and they definitely don't eliminate the possibility of fabulous homemade music videos.  Just ask the men of Fire Island, New York, as they demonstrate how to have fun in the sun while lip-syncing to Miley Cyrus's Party in the USA

No sound of summer can elicit the excitement of children more than the tune of the ice cream truck making its way down the block.  Part of the Pavlovian response is due to the promise of a cold treat.  The chase, though, is almost as important as the prize itself.  Young ears bend to find out from what direction the tune is coming.  Bare feet clap against the street as the pursuit intensifies. Sometimes the truck is found and patronized, and other times, as in the case of the video above, the hunt ends tragically.  In his eponymous comedy show Eddie Murphy Raw, the comedian captured the full ice cream truck experience. (Warning: this video contains adult language)

Sometimes on a hot day there's nothing better than soaking in some summer tunes. Whether its Martha and the Vandellas singing about the heat wave brought on by the perfect man, or Danny Zuko reminiscing about a summer romance, nothing cools the soul like the perfect song.  So grab that iPod and celebrate the heat with a little Buster Poindexter or those Swedish songbirds Ace of Base, whose song, Cruel Summer, seems to be ubiquitous this time of year.