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Check out a new book titled “The History of the Snowman: From the Ice Age to the Flea Market” by Bob Eckstein. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2007) Some “Fun” facts from the book:

  • Height of “Angus King” the world’s largest snowman was 11 stories tall and required nearly four months (15 weeks) to melt.
  • The first snowman in print was on an illuminated manuscript describing the Crucifixion of Christ.
  • Snowmen were blamed for The Massacre of 1690.
  • Snowmen were made as an early form of pornography in The Miracle of 1511.
    • De sneeuwpoppen van 1511 is the only book to tell the story of the Miracle of 1511, a Woodstock-like event in which after a famed snowstorm the whole town of Brussels celebrated by making pornographic and political snowmen.

Links: Official Site for The History of the Snowman
History of the Snowman Blog
NY Times Book Review
 

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Having recently made a

Having recently made a website for The London Snowman, http://www.thelondonsnowman.co.uk/ To discover the existence of this informative and fun book was a wonderful surprise :}

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