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!
Resources: smithsonian.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • i don't knowFriday, December 9, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    huh! i'll be darn'd! that's actually pretty darn neat!
    • s679617
      s679617Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 9:36 am
      Ugh...Olaf Frozen is getting old you know but this is still very cool.
      • alien dudeMonday, November 14, 2016 at 8:06 pm
        olaf is cool
        • hunterFriday, October 7, 2016 at 8:57 am
          oh my god oh my god !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • habug
            habugFriday, February 3, 2017 at 9:28 am
            I feel the same way
          • Hillary Rules!!Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:29 am
            I LOVE OLAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • clogger01Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm
              i love olaf he is very cute
              • ????????Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm
                I love Olaf he is very cute
                • TiffanyFriday, September 16, 2016 at 5:45 am
                  Frozen made Olaf when she had her powers everything she made is real
                  • Not namedFriday, September 9, 2016 at 10:56 am
                    pretty cool, just it has a lot of confusing words.
                    • kaykayThursday, August 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                      love it