What did we do before the internet? That is a rhetorical question, of course. I know perfectly well what we did, since I lived the majority of my life (up to this point) before the internet craze. It's just that, as with microwave ovens (but to a much greater degree), I occasionally like to stop and think just how dramatically the internet has changed everyday life. Otherwise, it's too easy to take this great boon for granted. Let me give you an example of how my wife and I use the internet daily -- almost as a reflex:
We watch the old movies on TCM all the time. Not only do we find the schedule for our daily movie online, but, after viewing the film, we search for the answers to whatever questions we may have about it online. There's an irony there: it's the old movies we prefer, but we're appreciating them in a way that would have been impossible in the old days!
But what started me musing on this subject today was not movies but -- believe it or not -- snowmen. For the young (and young at heart) out there, I've been putting together some thoughts on making snowmen. In fact, I just came in out of the cold a few moments ago, needing a change of pace. So what did I do once inside? Jumped onto the internet, of course! I thought it might be nice to switch gears and look into the history of snowmen a bit.
Lo and behold, I found this interesting historical piece on snowmen from Smithsonian.com and thought my readers might be interested. It turns out that snowmen have more of a checkered history than you might imagine. Enjoy!
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