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Recreate Your Favourite Calvin And Hobbes Comics With Tiny Snowman Molds

In the comics world, a little kid like Calvin can churn out a small army of miniature snowmen in a single afternoon. In reality, it takes a lot longer, and you’ll end up with a pair of freezing soaking wet gloves well before you’re finished. But if you have access to a 3D printer, you can make the process of building a tiny snowman army a lot easier with this simple plastic mould.


Reinforced Runners Ensure This Inflatable Sled Can Survive Icy Terrain

The same inflatable tube you use to lazily drift on the lake in the summertime works just as well on a snow-covered hill in the winter — until you hit a patch of rough icy terrain. Then the odds of it getting punctured are all but guaranteed. So the makers of the Airboard, a more purpose-built inflatable sled, have reinforced the underside so it’s stronger and slides even better.


When Fire Hose Water Freezes On A Smouldering Building

Briefly: Yesterday’s giant fire in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, left a paper records warehouse in tatters. While the building is still smouldering away, the New York Fire Department has been showering it with water from all sides. The cold winter air combined with a cascade of fire hose water makes for an icy freeze that is certainly a sight to behold.


The Many Haunting Forms Of Snow And Ice 

In light of today’s not-so-historic New York snowstorm, many of us have been left pondering the true nature of the white menace. Luckily, there are photographers like Paula McCartney who has made it her personal endeavour to reveal the many beautiful forms of snow and ice.


Meet An Icicle Farmer 

To most of us, icicles grow naturally, usually off the roofs of poorly insulated houses. But at Utah-based Ice Castles, man-made icicle farms are growing 15,000 icicles a day. How else do you think giant ice palaces get built? Welcome to the world of icicle farming.


These Mysterious Ice Pancakes Have Taken Over A Scottish River 

Weird thingshappen in the winter cold. At the River Dee in Scotland, that includes dozens of recently discovered “ice pancakes” floating on the river surface. Their strange shapes boggle the imagination, but rest assured, there’s an explanation for their existence.


What Christmas Looks Like In Los Angeles

It was 77 degrees in LA today which is what qualifies as Christmas here. Who needs a white Christmas, the sprawling city of Los Angeles sure doesn’t need pea coats or functional (not fashionable) scarves or snow shovels or visible breath to celebrate Christmas. Paddle boards and a beach will do just fine.


A Glowing LED-Lit Sled Keeps You On The Slopes All Night Long

It’s too bad that snow really only falls during the winter months when the days are so short. It means that if you lose track of time, you’ll find yourself careening down a snow and ice-covered hill on a sled in the dark of night, with no way to see what you’re about to crash into. Unless you bring a torch, or sled with this glowing downhill racer.


The Different Types Of Snowflake, Visualised

Snowflakes are endlessly fascinating and incredibly beautiful. But while they’re all (sort of) unique, they can be neatly divided into well-defined types of flake. This chart shows them all.


Clever Video Shows How A Snowflake Gets Formed

Video: Here’s a clever video that shows the “formation” of a snowflake. It’s actually footage of a snowflake melting, but it’s played in reverse, so it seems like we’re seeing the birth of a snowflake. But even though it uses that bit of trickery, it’s such a beautiful process to see. I wish we could see it in real life.


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