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Wintry cartoon physics adapted to real life recreation.
In classic cartoons, whenever a character falls down a
snow-covered hill, it's guaranteed that they will pick up
snow and form a giant snowball that grows in size as it
careens downwards, absorbing everything in its path. I
have tried to do this in real life for hours with no success.
that the body's (hopefully) non-spherical shape, as
well as the fact that winter jackets are designed to repel
snow, prevent a falling person from accumulating layers of
frozen precipitation, for better or for worse.
After hitting getting embedded in a snowdrift for the fifth
time, I came up with an idea for a now sport, which I have
decided to call Snowballing.
Participants of Snowballing (henceforth referred to as
"snowballers" are ensconced in a specially designed Zorb
sphere at the top of a tall and snowy slope. This Zorb is
textured roughly and sprayed with moisture in order to
attract snow more easily. After putting on a helmet for
safety, the snowballer pushes off down the hill. As they
roll, they gain speed and snow, until they are effectively a
giant rolling snowball. Debris and stray animals are
incorporated into the ball, and the snow acts as a shock-
absorbing cushion that protects the person inside from
external harm. Observing the sport in action should be a
whimsical diversion as well; multiple snowballers on the
slope at one time could even get stuck together after a
collision. After rolling to a stop at the bottom of the hill,
snowballers can dig their way out and head back up for
another exhilarating round.
Zorb Death on Ski Hill
Where else, but Russia? [Cuit_au_Four, Nov 18 2015]
||This is a trick, where after the contest, the participants are impaled on a trees and sold as treats to Transformers.
||I think you will first need to do some serious work on finding a venue. My experience in rolling snowmen makes me think that just the right kind of snow is needed--I don't know the Eskimo word for it, but you will need the moist snow, not dry powder. You will also need to find a slope of just the right angle--too shallow and nothing will roll, too steep and the snow will already have avalanched.
||You might be able to make a slope with some anti-avalanche fixtures, spray the right snow, and call it an art project to even be able to make rolling snowballs.
||Seriously, has any rolling, growing, downhill snowball ever happened in real life? I've seen one picture of a few rollers that started from the branches of pine trees, but they formed cylinders that broke up and then stopped after maybe twenty feet.
||I'm a part-time ski instructor, and I've seen many
children amuse themselves by releasing tiny
snowballs down the ski slope that quickly grow in
size--this being the kind of snow that is artificially
blown at night on the east coast of the U.S.
Incidentally, ski slopes would be perfect for this
activity, as long as no actual skiers were on them.
Snowboarders are encouraged to stay.
||(+) Now That would be fun.
||Hmmm... word to the wise: don't look up 'snowballing' on
||Beautiful, snowy Katamari. [+]
Surprised [benfrost] hasn't popped-in to claim
it's existence in the adult film industry. Not
QUITE the same game, though.
||+ like going over the falls in a barrel?
||Not as much fun as managing to convince snowboarders that it's possible to "surf" an avalanche, but still, fun. [+]