It only happens once every few years:
a brackish river in New Jersey
freezes over, and the iceboats
come out. It's happening all over the Northeast, where an unusually cold winter is welcomed with delight by aficionados of this sport
. Lightly constructed, beautiful, and fast
(the record stands at 84 miles an hour propelled by wind alone), iceboats provide a winter thrill ride like none other
or ice yachting
has thrived in pockets of North America
since the nineteenth century. When conditions are right, see them sailing and racing
, on the Hudson
, in Maine
, Prince Edward Island
. and wherever else "hard-water sailors"
posted by Miko
on Jan 27, 2014 -
Chuck Klosterman breaks down
Edgar Winter Group's 1973 Old Grey Whistle Test performance of Frankenstein. Unlike zzazazz's previous post
, there is no bonus, because "Edgar Winter's finest nine minutes"
is its own crazy good reward.
posted by davejay
on Jul 27, 2011 -
Sure, it was cute when Bambi slipped all over the ice
, but the story usually ends less adorably. Upon finding a deer stuck on the ice, you can chip away the ice and let it swim free
, winch it off the ice by the leg
, or even blow it off the ice with a helicopter
, but it probably won't matter—the deer will die anyway
, and you'll just end up getting in trouble
. Just this week, eight tiny reindeer fell into a lake at a Christmas park
. Their entombed bodies are protruding through its icy surface for all the visiting kids to see. (Maybe coyotes did it
.) People have been rescuing deer from the ice every winter for decades
. If you want things to end well, let the professionals handle it
posted by waldo
on Dec 20, 2010 -
is often revered as the deadliest sniper in history. Using nothing more than a Mosin-Nagant
sniper rifle with stock iron sights, Häyhä is credited with felling 542 Soviet soldiers during the Finnish Winter War
(with as many as 150 more kills by SMG). Nicknamed "The White Death"
, Häyhä spent weeks in snow-covered forests, enduring sub-zero temperatures while sniping Russian officers, weapons crews and snipers. The Soviets placed a bounty on Häyhä's head, utilizing counter-snipers and artillery fire in an attempt to kill him. Over the course of only three months, the 5'3" Häyhä (a farmer by trade) killed upwards of 800 of the Red Army soldiers deployed to Finland. Despite eventually being shot in the face
by a Russian sharpshooter, Häyhä recovered and passed away in 2002 at the age of 96.
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo
on Jan 28, 2010 -