Frosty Faces the Heat: Snowman Shipped to Bahrain’s Blazing Climate

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NewsFeed is pleased someone could enjoy the snow this winter. Now if only we could send all of our snow to the Middle East. 

Panasonic’s SPARKS team tests out (read: plays with) the company’s various “eco-technologies.” When they received a Facebook message from a Bahraini girl named Amna who wanted to show her brother Saleh snow for the first time, the proverbial “sparks” started flying. Sure, they could ship a snowman in a refrigerated case – but that would be too easy. Instead, they sent it in a standard cardboard box, and thanks to a new Panasonic vacuum sealing technology, Frosty arrived in finely frozen form.

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The snowman was fully assembled in the mountains of Japan, complete with carrot nose. The Panasonic team loaded it into the box, sealed it with their U-Vacua insulation panels that decompress to keep out all heat, and popped it on a plane to Bahrain for a 5,300-mile journey. Dozens of kids came to greet the snowman in the sweltering, sunny desert, and after a few snapshots with the foreign visitor, the kids couldn’t resist digging into ol’ Frosty for a snowball fight.

The paper-thin vacuum panels are impressive, appearing to add very little in size or weight to the original box. And they clearly kept the snowman chilly enough throughout the 40-hour trip. If only he could have lasted that long out of the box.

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But NewsFeed hopes the kids didn’t get too attached to the snow. Trust us kids, when you have to shovel it, it loses its magic. (via PopSci)