Birth rates have been rumored to go up nine months after big blizzards and power blackouts, although subsequent reports said the supposed bubbles weren't real. (The urban legend arose from the 1965 Northeast blackout. The New York Times did a series of stories in which doctors said they noticed an increased number of births nine months later. The theory was debunked in 1970 by a University of North Carolina demographer.)
Now, we're not suggesting that people go out and try to increase the size of the population. But with Valentine's Day right around the corner, it might not be a bad time to curl up with the one you love and spend some quality time together. And hey, besides shoveling, it might just be the best way to burn calories during a blizzard.
You know that stack of books on your nightstand that you say you'll get to one of these days? Well, today is that day. You don't need any great supplies or exertion of personal energy to read. You can even do it in bed.
Maybe it's finally time to tackle that self-help book, or that romance novel. Why not read more about Wall Street and the recession, or maybe some fiction about the secret meanings of all the buildings in Washington, D.C.?
It might be freezing out, but with a good book you can easily pretend to be on a warm, tropical beach.
And, of course, if you have run out of some good books to read, don't worry: There are plenty of other good stories on ABCNews.com to digest. And while you might be stranded at home, we are here furiously typing away for your pleasure.
You might not be able to make it out to the grocery store to pick up that vanilla or chili powder. But don't let that stop you. Take out the cookbook and start experimenting. Chocolate chip cookies for the kids? A new souffle? Or how about turning that old standby meatloaf recipe into something with a kick?
Cooking can either be a great solitary escape or a fun family activity. And nothing is quite as comforting as a good home-cooked meal on a snowy day.
Just dust off one of your cookbooks and -- depending on how long you are stuck at home -- go through it page by page.
Yeah, we don't want to do them either. But before you know it, April 15 will be here. Plus, if you are getting a refund, why not get that cash now? Maybe you can use the extra money to buy a really nice Valentine's Day gift -- or, perhaps, a new, more-powerful snowblower.
Just as with cleaning out the garage or your closet, would you rather do it now -- or in April?