I broke up with snow when I was 10 years old. Other than that brief period in the middle of the night when the Earth is quiet because it’s listening to one of nature’s magic moments, snow is kind of useless. Once you’re older, it’s not all fun and games. It’s cold, wet, and you have to shovel it to get to school (read: make your hot neighbor shovel it for you).
I do, however, remember some prime snowball fights fondly. The only way I was ever able to get a good snowball going was by finding some good packing snow and rounding a few out in the palms of my hands. I quickly learned that the kids in cartoons who rolled a snowball around the ground to build Frosty’s butt were doing the impossible. That’s not how it works in real life.
Except, apparently it does?
Two math majors at Reed College in Portland, Ore., recently built a massive snowball, estimated to weigh about 800 pounds. They began making it last week, but during the weekend, it “got away from them.” It rolled down a hill, and into a dorm…which cracked open due to the impact. I repeat: a snowball cracked open a dormitory. I don’t know if that’s a testament to how impressive the snowball was or how unimpressive the dorm room was.
The students claim the mishap was an accident and the school believes them, so they will not have to pay for the damages.