Wish To Build The Perfect Snowman? Pull Out Your Ruler!

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News flash: Everyone's favorite snowman, the adorable Olaf from Disney's animated film Frozen is not perfect! At least, that's what Dr. James Hind a Professor at England's Nottingham Trent University believes.

After hearing that 87% of Great Britain's residents that wish to create a snowman are not confident about their building skills, the mathematician took it upon himself to create a formula would help even novices build a perfect one.

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To calculate the right proportions, Dr. Hind turned to what is known in academia as the 'golden ratio.' Also recognized by the Greek letter phi, the number that is approximately equal to 1.618 is used extensively by artists and architects. That's because it results in the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing designs.

According to Dr. Hind's calculations the ideal snowman should measure 63-inches tall and comprise of three precisely measured balls of snow stacked atop each other to represent the legs, body and head. Starting from the bottom, they should measure 31-inches, 20-inches, and 12-inches, respectively. To give the snowman perfect features, he suggests using a 1.5-inch long carrot for the nose, twigs for hands and placing the eyes no more than 2-inches apart.

Of course, no snowman is complete without accessories. The mathematician recommends using just three — A hat, scarf and gloves. For those that want to put buttons, he suggests restricting the number to three and placing them down the middle, perfectly equidistant from each another. The professor does caution that even the most accurate measurements will not help if the snow is not fresh and soft.

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While Dr. Hind believes that Olaf's proportions are out of whack, he does think the snowman in the 1998 movie Jack Frost is close to being perfect. Also on his approved list, are the illustrations in Raymond Briggs book “The Snowman.”

So what are you waiting for? Grab a ruler and start building the best-looking snowman because if Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck are right, the fluffy white powder will soon be history!
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  1. According to Dr. Hind's calculations what size should the perfect snowman be? What tips does he have about the perfect eyes and nose?
  2. What does he recommend as far as accessories? What if you want buttons as well?

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  • bookstory13
    bookstory13Monday, November 5, 2018 at 5:59 pm
    I get perfect snow every year! This helped, thanks!
    • llamabob
      llamabobThursday, October 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm
      Building a snowman is impossible. The snow just falls down.
      • ajg15
        ajg15Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm
        I've never seen show ❄ EXCEPT when I was REALLY small like 4 or 6 it was a little icy and my dad made 4 inch "ice" man
        • blep210Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm
          i live in philly and it dosen't snow alot it only snow like 5 inches
          • slytherinfan
            slytherinfanThursday, October 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm
            Sigh... I live in florida, and the heat is UNBEARABLE!!!
            • ajg15
              ajg15Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm
            • puggirl
              puggirlTuesday, December 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm
              i live in arizona beat me
              • cariegoldnugget
                cariegoldnuggetMonday, July 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm
                tbh olaf scares me a little bit :|
                • meghanMonday, June 5, 2017 at 6:49 am
                  I love to built a snowman
                  • Harley QuinnFriday, April 28, 2017 at 9:39 am
                    • ajgatlin
                      ajgatlinFriday, April 28, 2017 at 9:20 am
                      i live in texas it inpossible
                      • pugpresley11223
                        pugpresley11223Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 6:40 pm
                        it snowed one in Austin it snow for one day and it all melted it was sad
                        • nerdyriley09
                          nerdyriley09Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:39 am
                          I live in a no-snow state too... tough life.
                          • cariegoldnugget
                            cariegoldnuggetMonday, July 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm
                            SAAAAAAMMMME LOOL

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