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With igloo, Ohio man takes man cave to the next level

Jimmy Grey relaxed last week in the igloo’s entertainment room, where he watched the Super Bowl with friends. Jimmy Grey relaxed last week in the igloo’s entertainment room, where he watched the Super Bowl with friends. (John Kuntz/ The Plain Dealer via Associated Press)
Associated Press / February 16, 2010

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AQUILLA, Ohio - Jimmy Grey said he has been out of work for almost a year and needed a project to stay busy. So with the heavy snowfall this winter, the 25-year-old laborer got to work on an extreme igloo

He built his four-room ice creation in his family’s yard in Aquilla, about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

It has 6-foot ceilings and an entertainment room. He powers the TV with an extension cord plugged into an outlet in the garage. He also ran wires for cable television with surround-sound stereo.

Grey says that candles help add ambience for nighttime get-togethers with his friends, and that the freezing temperatures mean that the beer never goes warm.

Like most of the Midwest, Ohio has been hit hard by snow this season. As of Friday, snow was covering some ground in 49 states, representing two-thirds of the nation’s land mass.