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A classic snowman.
A classic snowman.

A snowman is a man-like sculpture made of snow. Snowmen are usually constructed by children, however, adults sometimes also participate in making snowmen. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (960 × 1280 pixel, file size: 377 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Schneemann vor dem Museum Bellerive in Zürich-Seefeld, Schweiz. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (960 × 1280 pixel, file size: 377 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Schneemann vor dem Museum Bellerive in Zürich-Seefeld, Schweiz. ... Snowman may refer to: Snowman A kind of sculpture made of snow. ... This article is about modern humans. ... For other uses, see Snow (disambiguation). ...

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History

In occidental cultures and the northern hemisphere, snowmen are considered a symbol of Christmas[citation needed] and winter for many, and they often appear on Christmas cards. Occidental means generally western. It is a traditional designation (especially when capitalized) for anything belonging to the Occident or West — the western part of the classical world (Europe) and the New World, and especially of its society. ... Northern hemisphere highlighted in yellow. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Winter (disambiguation). ... Some christmas cards A Christmas card is a greeting card that is decorated in a manner that celebrates Christmas. ...


This activity dates back to at least the Middle Ages, when in Europe every new snowfall would have townsfolk making snowmen on the streets. This according to old diaries and chronicles.


Construction

Snowman installation on Moscow's Arbat Street
Snowman installation on Moscow's Arbat Street

It is nearly impossible to build a snowman out of any type of snow other than packing snow. Packing snow is formed when regular powder snow comes near its melting point and becomes moist and compactible. This allows for the construction of large balls of snow by simply rolling a ball of snow until it grows the desired size. 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. 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. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... Snow is a type of precipitation in the form of crystalline water ice, consisting of a multitude of snowflakes that fall from clouds. ...


The common trend is to then dress the snowman, usually with rocks, wood sticks, and vegetables. Carrots are often used for the nose, as are coal for eyes. Some like to dress their snowmen in clothing (scarves, jackets, hats). Dressing a snowman in clothing insulates the snowman by keeping out the heat, which means a longer life for the snowman. 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. Binomial name Daucus carota A carrot (Daucus Carota) is a root vegetable, typically orange or white in color with a woody texture. ... For other uses, see Nose (disambiguation). ... Coal Example chemical structure of coal Coal (pronounced ) is a fossil fuel formed in swamp ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ... This article refers to the sight organ. ...


There are variations to these standard forms. These other types range from snow columns to elaborate snow sculptures (similar to ice sculptures). Ice sculpting on the streets of Gamla Stan, Stockholm Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. ...


In fiction

Snowmen at Sapporo, Japan Snow Festival
Snowmen at Sapporo, Japan Snow Festival
  • Bouli, a French animated series about a snowman's adventures in a magical place.
  • Der Schneemann, a 1943 animated short film created in Germany.
  • Jack Frost (1998 film) a movie with Michael Keaton in which he wakes up as a snowman after a car accident.
  • Jack Frost (1996 film) a horror movie in which a serial killer is transformed into a snowman.
  • Rave Master a Japanese manga in which Plue, the hero's companion, resembles a small snowman.
  • The Snowman British picture book (1978) by Raymond Briggs and animation (1982) directed by Dianne Jackson about a boy who builds a snowman that comes alive and takes him to the North Pole.
  • Frosty, the eponymous snowman in the popular children's song Frosty the Snowman, had a corncob pipe, a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal.
  • Calvin and Hobbes, an American cartoon by Bill Watterson, contains many instances of Calvin building snowmen, many of which are deformed or otherwise abnormal.
  • Steven Millhauser in one of his collections of short stories, called in the penny arcade wrote a short story called snowmen in which children makes snowmen which are more and more elaborated.

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Sapporo redirects here. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Der Schneemann, or The Snowman is a 1943 animated short, created by the Nazis as propaganda material. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... Promotional movie poster for the film Jack Frost is a 1998 Christmas film, starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston about a father that dies and comes back as a snowman. ... Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), better known by the stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, perhaps best known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift, Beetlejuice, and his portrayal of Batman in the two Tim Burton directed films of the series. ... Jack Frost is an American horror/comedy film written and directed by Michael Cooney and released in 1996. ... RAVE ) or Groove Adventure RAVE, known in the USA as Rave Master, is an anime and manga series by Hiro Mashima. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... The Snowman is a childrens book by British author Raymond Briggs, published in 1978. ... Raymond Briggs (born January 18, 1934) is an English illustrator, cartoonist, and author who has achieved critical and popular success among adults and children. ... Frosty the Snowman is a popular Christmas song written by Walter Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson and recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. ... Listen to this article (3 parts) (info) Part 1 â€¢ Part 2 â€¢ Part 3 This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-01-29, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... William B. Bill Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes and a few poems (which are mostly embedded in his works). ... Steven Millhauser (born 3 August 1943 in New York City) is perhaps one of modern American fictions most elusive characters. ...

World's largest snowman

The record for the worlds largest snowman was set in February 1999 in Bethel Maine. 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 tall and weighed over 9,000,000 pounds.


Examples of snowmen

Other snow sculptures

Snow sculptures can be made to resemble animals or other structures, but only a snow sculpture that resembled a man would be called a snowman.

Sources

  • Bob Eckstein, The History of the Snowman: From the Ice Age to the Flea Market (2007)

External links

  • Today's Snowman

See also

  • Böögg
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