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Old 20 April 2008, 07:46 PM
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Comment: Is it true that a Russian princess or tsarina ordered a hillside covered
with flour during a famine so that she could toboggan in summer? If so,
who was it?
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Old 20 April 2008, 08:05 PM
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If it is true, I so want to be her.
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Old 20 April 2008, 08:43 PM
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If it is true, I so want to be her.
What? Why would you want to be somebody so insensitive as to take flour away from starving people so that you could pretend it was snow?
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Old 20 April 2008, 08:44 PM
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Couldn't they just have painted sand?
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Old 20 April 2008, 09:45 PM
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What? Why would you want to be somebody so insensitive as to take flour away from starving people so that you could pretend it was snow?
Because I have a bit of the diva in me.

Plus, I'm totally evil.
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Old 20 April 2008, 09:47 PM
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Because I have a bit of the diva in me.

Plus, I'm totally evil.
Oh. Well, that explains it!
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Old 20 April 2008, 10:42 PM
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If she did, she'd have been dissappointed, as tobogganing relies on the snow compacting to form ice - flour won't do that (but it is true that the Dr Who effects team covered a quarry with finely shredded paper to produce the snow on the Ood planet (resulting in Catherine Tate wearing a thick coat in the middle of summer - shame)
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Old 20 April 2008, 11:26 PM
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When I was a kid, we'd use waxed fruit boxes - they worked great on grass.
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Old 21 April 2008, 12:16 AM
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Why would you want to be somebody so insensitive as to take flour away from starving people so that you could pretend it was snow?
If the people have no flour, they should toboggan on instant mashed potato flakes.

Bonnie "walkin' in a winter Wonderbread land" Taylor
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Old 21 April 2008, 01:23 AM
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If the people have no flour, they should toboggan on instant mashed potato flakes.

Bonnie "walkin' in a winter Wonderbread land" Taylor
Now now Bonnie, no need to lose your head...
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Old 21 April 2008, 05:00 AM
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When I was a kid, we'd use waxed fruit boxes - they worked great on grass.
Presidio Park, in San Diego, has a long, steep, grassy slope -- and for many years, people would "sled" down it on blocks of ice. The idea was to roll off of the ice at the last minute, while the block crashed into the trees at the bottom of the slope. Mighty good fun, but wickedly dangerous. They banned the practice fifteen or twenty years ago. Bummer.

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If the people have no flour, they should toboggan on instant mashed potato flakes.

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Shouldn't you have suggested cake mix?
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Old 22 September 2010, 06:07 PM
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As has been suggested, Marie Antoinette has been said to have used sugar to make a make-believe winter wonderland. She also liked to play at being a shepherdess with lambs that had been bathed and perfumed.
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The other reason I'd like flour for snow is because I HATE real snow. It's so cold and wet. I wouldn't mind playing in flour, though. I utterly refuse to make snow angels out of snow.
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Flour is difficult to brush out of your clothes completely and leaves a mess when you come inside which needs to be swept up. Snow melts and you just have to hang your coat up to dry and mop the floor (or rely on my friend evaporation).

I guess that the Russian Princess (or Tsarina) had a cleaning staff so maybe that wasn't a concern for her.

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Old 23 September 2010, 02:22 AM
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The Russian Princess wasn't very bright, was she? Everyone knows you have to put sugar in the flour to make it glitter like real snow does.

When my kids were little and just getting to the age where they weren't sure they believed in Santa any longer I mixed sugar and flour and cut out some little boot shapes in some cardboard. I used my sifter and made Santa footprints all the way to the tree from the mail slot and back again. I explained that Christmas snow from the North Pole doesn't melt. It worked for that year. I didn't even try to fool them the next year.
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Old 23 September 2010, 12:51 PM
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Hmmm. There's gotta be something better than flour AND snow. What about that stuff rich people put on the ground to go skiing in when it hasn't snowed?
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The thing rich people put on the ground to go skiing is called a Lear Jet.
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Old 23 September 2010, 09:22 PM
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The tzarina must be active out here, because a few years back I found some snow that looked just like borax. When I called my mother and told her it snowed borax, she asked "How did the borax get into the sky?"
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Old 23 September 2010, 09:27 PM
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Hmmm. There's gotta be something better than flour AND snow. What about that stuff rich people put on the ground to go skiing in when it hasn't snowed?
Rich people? I know that most ski hills do have ways to make artificial snow. I don't think most rich people though own their own ski hills and have their own snow making equipment.
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