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snowman (n.)

1.a large hairy humanoid creature said to live in the Himalayas

2.a figure of a person made of packed snow

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Snowman

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An example of a generic snowman

A snowman is an anthropomorphic snow sculpture of a human. They are customarily built by children as part of a family project in celebration of winter. In some cases, participants in winter festivals will build large numbers of snowmen. Because a snowman is short-lived, it is a good example of popular installation art.

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Construction

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Snowmen at Sapporo, Japan Snow Festival

Packing snow is formed when regular powder snow comes near its melting point and becomes moist and compact. This allows for the construction of large balls of snow by simply rolling a ball of snow until it grows the desired size, if the snow ball reaches the bottom of the grass it may tear up some grass, gravel, dirt etc. Attempting to make a snowman out of powdered snow is extremely difficult since it will not stick to itself. And if packing snow is not rolled into snowballs before it freezes, it will form an unusable denser form of powdered snow called crust. In Europe and North America, snowmen are built with 3 spheres which contain the head, torso, and lower body. Thus the best time to build a snowman is usually in the next warmest afternoon directly following a snowfall with a sufficient amount of snow.

The common trend is to then dress the snowman, usually with rocks, coal, sticks, and vegetables. Carrots or cherries are often used for the nose, as are sticks for arms and stones for eyes (traditionally lumps of coal). Some like to dress their snowmen in clothing (scarves, jackets, hats). However, some may prefer not to risk leaving supplies out doors where they could easily be stolen if someone were so maliciously inclined. Also, snowmen usually melt quite quickly on a hot day, which could cause clothing to become stuck under melting ice if not removed promptly. There are variations to these standard forms. These other types range from snow columns to elaborate snow sculptures (similar to ice sculptures).

Snowmen are usually built with two spheres in East Asia. In Japan, they are called Yuki daruma (雪だるま Yuki daruma?)


History

History failed to document the building of the first snowman. In the absence of documented history of the first snowman, an urban legend had sprung up by April, 2004, claiming that the first snowman was built in 1809 by Vernon N. Paul and his 9 years old daughter, Yetty.[1]

However, Bob Eckstein, author of The History of the Snowman documented snowmen from medieval times, by researching artistic depictions in European museums, art galleries, and libraries. The earliest documentation he found was a marginal illustration from a work titled Book of Hours from 1380, found in Koninklijke Bibliotheek, in The Hague[2]

In fiction

World's largest snowman

The record "Olympia" snow-woman

The record for the world's largest snowman was set in 2008 in Bethel, Maine. The snow-woman stood 122 feet 1 inch (37.21 m) in height, and was named in honor of Olympia Snowe, a U.S. Senator representing Maine.[4]

The previous record was also a snowman built in Bethel, Maine, in February 1999. The snowman was named "Angus, King of the Mountain" in honor of the then current governor of Maine, Angus King. It was 113 feet 7 inches (34.62 m) tall and weighed over 9,000,000 pounds (4,080,000 kg).[5]

Unicode

In Unicode, the "snowman" symbol is U+2603. ()

See also

References

Further reading

Desert "snowmen", Tohono Chul Park, Tucson
  • Bob Eckstein, The History of the Snowman: From the Ice Age to the Flea Market (2007)
  • Scottie Davis, "Snow Day, A Photographic Journal of the Best Snowmen" (2004)

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