Boston mayor: Jumping out of windows is snow joke

"I'm asking people to stop their nonsense right now," Boston mayor Marty Walsh said on 16 February. "These are adults jumping out windows. It's a foolish thing to do and you could kill yourself."

When he took office last year, Walsh probably never thought that telling people off for leaping from their windows would be one of the duties of high office But these are extraordinary times for Beantown. Over seven feet of snow have fallen since 23 January - the second highest on since records began - and it hasn't stopped yet.

Bored Bostonians snowed in at home are looking for ways to alleviate the cabin fever - enter the internet. Using the hashtag #BostonBlizzardChallenge, hundreds of them have been leaping, flipping and jumping with wild abandon into the white stuff piled up outside.

#BostonBlizzardChallenge: Not big, not clever.The city has a bit of a history for going viral. It was Boston College student Pete Frates and his friend Pat Quinn who created the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of ALS.

But faced with the task of clearing up all this snow and getting Boston up and running again, an understandably exasperated Mayor Marty has seen enough this time, telling window jumping citizenry to "start acting like adults".

"This isn't [ski resort] Loon Mountain. This is the city of Boston," he said.

"The last thing we want to do is respond to an emergency call where somebody jumped out of the window because they thought it was a funny thing to do."