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Watch: Minnesota comedian's Polar Vortex report goes viral

Rob Fairbanks has a knack for making weather reports go viral.

It took less than 24 hours for a comedian's video about the crazy cold weather in Minnesota to go wildly viral. 

Rob Fairbanks, a Native comedian/entertainer known as "The Rez Reporter," posted a short video to his Facebook page around 1 p.m. Tuesday in the frigid cold of Cass Lake in northern Minnesota.  

Dubbed the "Polar Vortex Report," Fairbanks reports on the weather for one minute and 45 seconds, explaining just what might happen if you go outside.  

  • It burns. 
  • 5 percent visibility. 
  • Eyes only open about 5 percent, maybe 2 percent. 
  • Freezer burn if you pee outside. 
  • Could burn "buckskin" off your "drumstick." 
  • It's pretty windy. 
  • Wind could cause tears. 

"It just burns outside right now. Ooh. Ah. Go outside, you better bundle up, wrap up, yeah," Fairbanks says. "You'll really burn your ole buckskin off your ole drumstick today.

They have a winter advisory today. They said don't go pee outside today. They highly don't recommend it. I think it's because you'll get like freezer burn if you go pee right now outside. Try to go pee inside."

Let's be honest. He's 100 percent correct about everything he said, and some people need good advice like that. 

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The video had nearly 800,000 views and 19,000 shares as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Those are stunning numbers considering it had only been up for just over 24 hours. 

As impressive as 800,000 views is, it actually pales in comparison (for now) to a 2016 snowstorm report of his that racked up more than 4 million views. You can check out all of his videos right here

Fairbanks was born in Minneapolis and currently lives in Cass Lake. According to his website, he's a proud member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. He started doing "Rez Reports" in 2013 and has since used them to help launch a stand-up comedy career. 

You can see him live May 10 at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minnesota. 

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