Katie Nickolaou, a meteorologist for Siouxland News, saw a new trend happening on TikTok and had something important to say about it. TikTok users were recording themselves breaking icicles from their houses and eating them. What did she have to say that was so important?
Anyone eating icicles was essentially eating poop.
Yep. You read that right, she told TikTok users they were eating poop.
If anyone was going to know what is truly in an icicle it would be a meteorologist. Katie explained that icicles form off of roofs and these roofs normally have a lot of bird poop on them. Roofs are full of other bacteria but bird poop is near the worst. Katie could not handle seeing all the icicles being eaten without giving a fair warning to the public.
“When you finally see enough people eating icicles and you know what I know you kind of just have to point it out,”
Katie told Inside Edition.
Katie Nickolaou has a fun and bubbly personality. She was not making fun or being mean about her icicle knowledge, she just wanted to get the information out there. She has known she wanted to be a meteorologist since the age of four and is really passionate about her field. Her cheery demeanor is contagious through her social media profiles.
She wants to make learning about the weather fun and she is easily doing that with her TikTok videos.
“As long as there is fun weather to talk about, I’ll be talking about it,” Katie told Inside Edition.
Her icicle PSA quickly went viral on TikTok with over 13 million views and over 52,000 comments.
Commenters quickly started calling icicles “poopsicles” and Katie agrees with them. With over 52,000 comments the range of opinions were all over the place. Some commenters admitted that this fact will not stop them from eating “poopsicles” because it is a Midwestern rite of passage. While others were blown away that so many people did not know bird poop and bacteria was in icicles.
Katie already ruined icicle eating for many people but her work was not done with icicles. She wanted to completely burst everyone’s childhood bubbles of snow and rain.
“I am just going to ruin everything for everyone. I feel horrible, but with snow and rain when it falls from the clouds it is actually picking up pollution in the atmosphere. So, you can get things like carbon from fire, dirt, dust, and salt if you live near the ocean… You can’t tell with the naked eye but if you look at it with a microscope you will never want to do it again,” Katie laughingly told Inside Edition.
Many people might not have heard about bird poop being in icicles but they might have heard the rumor that an icicle is a perfect weapon. Katie debunks this icicle myth in another TikTok video. An icicle will break instead of impaling someone. She does warn that it can cause blunt force trauma though.
Katie has debunked one icicle myth and ruined icicles for all those that have licked or eaten one before.
Watch the video in full to hear Katie happily discuss icicles and her love of the weather – and her gross warning!
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