Snowpersons!

You’re not going to get any braining today, as it’s cold and I have work to do. But enjoy these seasonal creations.

I guess it’s no longer a “snowman”, but you can’t even say “snowwomxn” these days, as there are more than two genders. Leaving that aside, here are some funny snowpersons found by reader Merilee. (I don’t have the sources of the photos.)

I have 30 of these, but below are my ten favorites, certainly appropriate for this frigid and snowy day—a day so cold that I can’t even get the birds to come to the seeds on my windowsill. 

The first one is my favorite, the penultimate one the most artistic.

 

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45 Comments

  1. Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Omg!Look at Snoopy

  2. Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Obscurum Per Obscurius and commented:
    Snow Art

  3. Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Magnificent!

  4. GBJames
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Excellent!

  5. KD33
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Amazing. How did they make that apple/core?? Reminds me of the Great Pumpkin Carving Leap Forward about ten years ago.

    • KD33
      Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

      Also, no footprints around the “snowman angels”… how??

      • BJ
        Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I have to say, that one looks a bit too clean, and the standing snowman looks a bit suspicious. Then again, I’m not the best at spotting a photoshop job.

      • mikeyc
        Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

        That’s what I want to know. Photoshop?

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted January 30, 2019 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Not a PhotoShop. The Apple Core Snowman is from the annual Winter Carnival in Quebec City [Jan. 29th, 2011]. I found a picture of it, from a different angle on the flikr account of Zach Inglis HERE who took the picture I’ve put below. Dated 4th Feb 2011. Here it is:

      Creepy Apple Snowman

      Looking in Google there are many sculptures over the years at the festival that are more challenging. I suppose the ice carvers use all sorts of permitted ‘cheats.’

      • BJ
        Posted January 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

        Oh, I believe that one because it’s so detailed, and I’ve seen at an ice sculpture festival what people can do with it. It’s insane.

      • Merilee
        Posted January 30, 2019 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

        Even got the uvula!

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted January 31, 2019 at 8:14 am | Permalink

          Excuse me! This is a family friendly site! 🙂

          • Merilee
            Posted January 31, 2019 at 8:47 am | Permalink

            🤓I giggled while typing it, too. Uvula does somehow sound dirty, doesn’t it?

  6. BJ
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    These are fantastic!

  7. Merilee
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Forfend! Jerry posted a picture of two DOGS (one real, one snow)🙀🐾🐾

  8. Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Funneee. My youngest son and I used to make gory scenes of a snowman decapitating another snowman, complete with light sabers and red paint. But not as good as any of these. Unfortunately he is too old to want to do these things any more.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps when he has a son, he will.

    • BJ
      Posted January 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      That’s fantastic. If I ever have a son, I’ll do the same, except we’ll also create all sorts of forensic clues and have the rest of the family try and figure out what happened.

      NCIS: National Criminal Investigative Snowmen

      • Posted January 30, 2019 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

        Most likely a daughter will also do.

        • BJ
          Posted January 30, 2019 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

          Sure! I think that would be even more fun. He just said son, so I did too. I probably won’t ever have kids, though. I can’t stand them for more than a couple of hours 😛

          • Posted January 30, 2019 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

            Nevertheless, you can give ’em a try!

          • Posted January 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

            It changes in an instant when you hold your crying baby, and they sort of conform to your body and quiet down. The surge of emotion is extraordinary.

            • BJ
              Posted January 30, 2019 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

              Yeah, and then the sleepless nights, and the days where you have no time to yourself for like fifteen years, and then the college. And who knows what they’ll get up to as a teenager.

              And hey, I get it. Most people have an urge to have children and feel those costs are far outweighed by the love they have for their children and the joy of raising them.

              But for me? No thanks. I’ve seen other people in my family with their kids. They love them so much, but they’re constantly haggard, worried, and have no time to do anything. And their kids are just eating up money.

              I don’t do well when I don’t have enough time for myself, or when I have too many things to worry about, or when I go weeks with a huge responsibility bearing down on me. The idea of going decades with a huge responsibility bearing down on me with almost no time for myself…Well, I’d rather take vacations, go out to dinners, have quiet evenings at home, etc. with a woman I love. I think I’d be a good parent, but I just don’t want that kind of responsibility, cost (in both time and money), and disruption to my life.

              Kids just aren’t for everyone.

              • infiniteimprobabilit
                Posted January 31, 2019 at 3:32 am | Permalink

                It also turns them into crashing bores, on the subject of their offspring’s latest achievements.

                I particularly recall, at a party, being told in detail how some in-laws youngest had just learned to use the potty. I really, deeply wanted to know that.

                I empathise with your point of view, in fact I share it. This is also why I don’t have a cat. Too much hassle to organise looking after it.

                (I do have a daughter. First met her when she was six years old. So I never had to put up with all the sleepless nights etc etc…
                What I can’t understand is the urge to pass on ones own genes. Who cares? I don’t. )

                cr

              • Posted January 31, 2019 at 4:12 am | Permalink

                “It also turns them into crashing bores, on the subject of their offspring’s latest achievements.”

                Surely not every parent is a crushing bore?

              • GBJames
                Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:50 am | Permalink

                “Who cares?”

                The selfish genes care!

              • Merilee
                Posted January 31, 2019 at 8:45 am | Permalink

                I guess my genes were not selfish enough to be able to pass on, but the two kids I was lucky enough to adopt at birth (2 years apart), despite sleepless nights then, when they were teens, and even now that they’re in their early 30s, are, really the best thing thst’s happened in my (mostly)lucky and eventful and happy life. And don’t get me started on my two little grandgirls. I will shut up now😬

              • BJ
                Posted January 31, 2019 at 8:48 am | Permalink

                Yeah, I just don’t have the genetic drive. But most of the parents I know don’t talk much about their kids to excess when I’m with them. That’s probably because we’ve already known each other since long before and I’ve known their kids since they were born, so I’m always updated on the latest scoops.

              • gravelinspector-Aidan
                Posted January 31, 2019 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

                Kids just aren’t for everyone.

                Their effects are.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted January 31, 2019 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

              Good description of an oxytocin hit.

              I’m still surprised that the “e” craze of the late 1980s didn’t latch onto that one – it sounds like just what they were looking for.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2019 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately he is too old to want to do these things any more.

      On the subject of Americanisms that didn’t get across the Atlantic, does that parse as “I didn’t get photos at the time and wish I had.”

  9. Simon Hayward
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    The third one is very Calvin and Hobbes. My mailbox is pretty much buried but it’s indiscriminate.

    We have a windowsill and feeders covered in very fluffed up birds, are yours on the shady side of the building? This morning the birds were sitting on the wooden roof shingles in the direct sunshine warming themselves. I feel very sorry for them, but I guess they will mostly survive.

    • Posted January 31, 2019 at 4:29 am | Permalink

      Birds respond to harsh weather in different ways. Some seek to flee it by moving to somewhere conditions are less harsh and I’d guess that the conditions that Illinois is experiencing at the moment will result in some birds turning up in places that are outside their normal winter range. Such movements also occur as a result of failure of a food source such as beech mast (an example of this is the massive flocks of Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla) that have recently been seen in Slovenia). Birds may also move from the countryside into the generally warmer cities to seek more tolerable conditions (including food provided by kindly humans).

      Amongst those that stay put, small birds may seek to reduce heat loss at night by roosting communally and remarkable numbers of small birds may cram themselves into a tree hole or nesting box – sometimes resulting in suffocation of those at the bottom of the pile.

      In spite of the birds’ efforts to survive, harsh weather conditions do often result in sharply increased mortality rates and populations of small song-birds can crash after winters with prolonged severe weather. Species that require open water to feed such as herons and egrets can also suffer population crashes after major freeze ups.

    • Posted January 31, 2019 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      I thought of C&H with the first one, too.

  10. ladyatheist
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Cute!

  11. CAS
    Posted January 30, 2019 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Cute!

  12. GnuAtheist
    Posted January 31, 2019 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    If you’ve never seen Calvin & Hobbes’ snowmen, Google it. I bring ’em up once a year or so when I need a good belly laugh.

  13. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted January 31, 2019 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Great to look at these snow people! The ‘uvulated’ apple must have been extremely difficult to make, and this cat with the hat, how do they dothat? The bulldog is great too.
    Today was a bit cooler here than yesterday, about 30 °C, but still far from snow…

    • Merilee
      Posted January 31, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      The cat’s tail must have been particularly difficult to make/maintain!

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted January 31, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

        I strongly suspect artifice on the scale of Trumpian hair weaving, spray tan, corset & magic White House physician health reports

        A length of hosepipe perhaps?

        I looked up a snow sculpture rule book [Michigan Tech] & it says this on page 20

        [1] With the exception of plywood, wood materials may be used sparingly and for stability purposes only. The size and location of any wood used in construction must be closely approximated and included in the sketch accompanying the application. No wood may be visible in the final statue design.

        a] Any vertical structural members are limited to a cross sectional area of 9
        square inches and a continuous non-spliced length of 12’
        b] Horizontal structural members will not be limited in size or length
        c] Items used for detail such as pipe cleaners, cords, and rope are permitted. All materials used must accompany the sketches and be listed in the description
        d] No items used for detailing may be visible on the finished statue designs.
        e] […] Keep in mind that the name “Snow Statue” implies more than an ice-glazed form.

        • Merilee
          Posted January 31, 2019 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

          Or a really fat pipe cleaner?

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted January 31, 2019 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Today was a bit cooler here than yesterday, about 30 °C, but still far from snow…

      Ammonium chloride sublimate, maybe?


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