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Car Buried in Snow
I guess we're supposed to believe that these two guys have just dug their car out of the snow. Except that the car looks awfully clean for having been buried in snow. If the picture has been photoshopped, I'm not sure which part of it is fake. Or maybe it's real, in which case how did the car get there?
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Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 16, 2005
Comments (52)
I translated the page looking for clues, all I can tell you is that the headline above the image says "Boss, I will be in late!" in Dutch.

There is a comments area on the page, but one needs to register to see it, and my attention span for translated foreign language websites is pretty much used up for today.
Posted by Katey  on  Wed Mar 16, 2005  at  04:52 PM
one more thing: the guy who posted the picture on the dutch site can be reached at this email adress: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .
Posted by Katey  on  Wed Mar 16, 2005  at  04:54 PM
*shivers* Lordy Lou, that remindes me of the first time I had to dig my car out of the snow. There was three feet of snow covering it and the snow plow had piled up the snow another foot or so... I resolved there and then to never go two months without shoveling my car out of the snow.

It wasn't so bad though... One of the girls in my hall actually shoveled out an entire car before realizing that it wasn't even hers.
Posted by Fay-Fay  on  Wed Mar 16, 2005  at  08:26 PM
Without prejudice as to this being a fake, if you've had a big snowstorm and have shovelled your sidewalk, your front walk and everything else - it's worth it to go to a bit of extra effort to make the shovelling more fun. If this is real, I suspect these guys shovelled down from the top, just to see if they could. To me, it looks as if there is extra snow piled up around the top of the hole, less smooth than what can be seen on top of the car to the left. This doesn't look like plowed snow to me (too clean). The snow looks less deep towards the front of the picture, suggesting that they might have just a few feet to shovel to free the car (one might very well shovel drifts off a car even if there was no possibility of moving it immediately, as snow can harden up and get icy and miserable to shovel within a couple days after falling). As to there not being any snow on top of the car, around here we tend to start the car at some point during the digging-out process, just to help melt off the windshield and rear window. Snow melts together a bit from the car's heating up, or from the sun hitting the car, and comes off the car very cleanly in clumps.
Posted by Ledasmom  on  Wed Mar 16, 2005  at  09:01 PM
It does not matter how the hole got dug.

It does not matter how the car got clean. The car was not in the hole when it was cleaned. It was moved in on the path which is almost hidden on the left-hand side of the picture.

This is a clever optical illusion picture.

That's it, that's all.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Wed Mar 16, 2005  at  09:18 PM
There should be a lot more snow around the hole.
Posted by raoulduke  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  03:19 AM
The men and the car look extremely sharp in comparison to everything else...

Even factoring in the snow.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  08:54 AM
At the left there still is a car visble deep in snow, when you look inside the car yiu see snow.
When you wipe snow away you are left with a clean surface since snow is water.

When you leave a car outside and there is a snowfall of 1 meter not only will there be snow on the ground but also a meter of snow on top of the car.
etc.etc.
It
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  10:20 AM
At yhe left there still is a car visible deep in snow.
When you look inside of the car you see snow.
If a meter of snow falls it will pile up 1 metre high on top of the car too.
When you wipe of the last bit of snow the surface will be clean (snow is water).
If you dig neatly this is an easy thing to do with no harm to the car.
It
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  10:23 AM
woops
first post didn
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  10:24 AM
I believe the pic is real. If you have ever been in a snowstorm in South Dakota or anywhere north and ya get alot of snow and drifts, you would know that this kind of stuff actually happens. 5 years ago when we had 28 inches fall overnight I had to dig my car out in the same way so the snowplows and payloaders could remove the snow from the street. we chiseled off all the snow around the car and then pulled it out the rest of the way with a pickup. It left a perfect indentation in the side of the drift, rearview mirror and all. After digging it out you can brush off the rmaining snow with a car scraper/brush and get the same shiny effect of the roof and metal.
Posted by Wezil  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  02:12 PM
Having grown up in Winnipeg I can attest that there is nothing unreal about this photo. While it's not common to get snow that deep in one snowfall it's not unheard of to get a few 2 or 3 day blizzards that bury everything under several feet of snow.
The worst one I remember was in 1966. Some of my neighbours dug their cars out even though they couldn't go anywhere because a) they were going to have to dig them out sooner or later anyway, b) snow is easier to shovel when it's fresh, c) they wanted to make sure the plow could see the cars when it did finally come down our street.
I also remember seeing people putting signs in the snow to show that a car was buried underneath. Occasionally the roads would be so bad that nobody but snowmobilers and emergency services (in military troop carriers with tank treads) could get anywhere. You wouldn't want one of those parking on top of your car.
Posted by Blondin  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  02:46 PM
Snow cleans your car, "snow-shine", it's driving on sanded/salted roads that makes it dirty. A good wind and drifting snow can do amazing tings in a short time.
Posted by Bill  in  01370  on  Thu Mar 17, 2005  at  07:37 PM
A clean car is still clean after clean dry snow has fallen on it.

"Why would anyone expend all of that time and energy when you clearly can't drive the car anywhere?"
I've lived in high-snow towns in the Colorado Rockies where it was a city ordinance to dig out - even if you couldn't go anywhere.

It's not amazing to anyone who has lived where it can snow 5' of dry & clean powder snow overnight. That's exactly how you dig it out. I compared this to my own car/storm-of-the-year photos and it looks fine. Add in powder drifting which can put an extra few feet on one car but not the next. Those of you who live below 6000' are assuming it's heavy snow. Think about the existence of snow that is only 5% water (in famous ski resorts) as opposed to, say, 30% on the coasts.
Posted by jimmyjay  on  Fri Mar 18, 2005  at  10:17 PM
Okay, people, if this is so common and all, duplicate the damned photograph with your own vehicle.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Fri Mar 18, 2005  at  10:26 PM
Sure, summon up a snow storm for us then.
Posted by AuelNeider  on  Fri Mar 18, 2005  at  10:29 PM
Yes, being (almost) all powerful, I will. If you fail to recieve it, it's in the mail and will get there next year.

And if you seriously want to duplicate it, snow machines work even in the summer.

I've explained how it was done, not too hard, really.

"Common sense isn't"
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Fri Mar 18, 2005  at  10:38 PM
i think it is real you can see the other car
next to it buried also. yep it is real.....
Posted by tom  in  usa  on  Wed Mar 23, 2005  at  02:41 AM
Looks real to me - the car next to them is showing itself as being buried...
Posted by Twizzer  in  USA  on  Wed Mar 23, 2005  at  07:32 AM
I think the picture may be real and unaltered but misleading.

The snowbank in front could have been photoshopped in but I think it could also be that the picture was taken from across the street. If the street is narrow and the snow that deep, a picture taken from that angle could make it appear that the street is not even there.

Since the edges are so clean I don't believe the hole was made with humans with shovels unless they were trying to be really artistic.

So I believe the area was cleared by a machine, a car was parked there, and a photo taken from across the road of the car and 2 guys with a shovel.
Posted by David  in  Lincoln, NE  on  Sun Apr 24, 2005  at  10:11 AM
Ahhh. THERE IS NO DOUBT this is real. The back wall is not accurate to how deep the snow WAS. When you shovel snow (or anything) you must pile what you dug around the edges. That makes it appear deeper. YES, the car was burried in the snow and YES, they could have shovel it out in well under and hour. I have done it myself!! They made the walls square because it LOOKS COOL. After all of that work they might as have made it look cool!
Posted by Lee  in  Steamboat Springs, CO  on  Sun Nov 13, 2005  at  06:46 PM
Look at the car buried right beside it.
Posted by JF.sellsius  on  Fri Feb 16, 2007  at  08:43 PM
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