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A User’s Guide To Snow

Heh. Given how cold it’s been recently, the Guardian decided to publish “A User’s Guide To Snow” — a FAQ for citizens puzzled by all this weird white stuff lying around. A sample:

How do I make one of those compressed-snow throwing balls?
First, put on some gloves or mittens. Gather up a large portion of snow and begin to compact it by repeatedly cupping your hands around it, alternating top and bottom hands and gently rotating the snowball as you go. Smooth off any burrs or rough edges with your thumb. Lob the resulting sphere in a friendly manner toward an unsuspecting passer-by, and wait for amusement to ensue. If you are planning a “snowball fight” it is advisable to stockpile snowballs in advance and let them ice up a bit. Caution: A hard-packed snowball can cause serious damage if it hits someone in the eye, so always aim for the mouth.

(Thanks to Stephanie O’Hanley for pointing out this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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