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In regards to the recent snow in the UK
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I have a solution straight from the minds of the Top Gear gang!


Snow plows collectively cost millions of dollars to buy and maintain, and are only useful for a few months out of the year- a problem I never even thought existed until now, and there is already a viable solution strait from the farming industry. Combine harvesters are massive, powerful behemoths of plant destruction, and are only used during the late summer and early fall. Now as the team at Top Gear have proven, combine harvesters need only be outfitted with a large plow instead of rotating teeth, and two people in the grain hopper to shovel salt into the grain shooting tube, and to de-ice whatever needs de-icing. Since America has many many more harvesters than snowplows, this notion could save massive sums of money nationwide, and provide farmers with an extra source of revenue by renting out their jolly green giants to... the snow plow people.
As shown by the Top Gear gang, these harvesters whose area of expertise is usually a flat plain of foliage on a pleasant August evening can perform equally well through snow banks and perilous mountains thanks to enormous tires in a snow ready configuration powered by a flamboyantly throaty diesel engine. Of course, there are a certain set of drawbacks faced by the jolly green giant such as the fact that many models lack a heater considering winter is the normal off season. The top speed is a somewhat dismal twelve miles per hour, and most people worry about a snow plow's salt sprayers chipping away the paint of their car, the grain shooter, without some sort of safety device, will rip through glass, and kill the car's occupants. On top of that, many harvesters weigh somewhere around thirteen tons, so it wouldn't be the best idea to clear a path on frozen lakes.
That considered, it would only take a minor modification or two to make the combine into a snowbine, saving many millions of dollars and congesting high traffic areas like nothing else.
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Posted 1/18/13

Catz1297 wrote:


RoyalMoon wrote:


Catz1297 wrote:

ahhhh try living in Canada...


Canada is probably a lot more sensible about snow. Everything, I mean, EVERYTHING has shut down today for nothing more than a few inches of snow.


you're kidding me right .... no thing shuts down due to snow...
sudden snow storm -> still have to drive to school... fml


Know that feeling lol xD Even if there was a tornado in my town, we probably should go to work/school anyway -_-
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My sister nearly lost her kitten and I looked at it every 10 mins to see it rise a little evertime, now it's really deep :X
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Well my back still aches from going over, turns out that the bit infront of some driveways is lethal if it's been used but not cleared.

Considering the awkward way I landed If i hadn't had that hoodie on under my coat as an extra layer I'd probably have done some damage.

But I would like more snow, wanna build a snowman with my neices. As long as the busses are still running sunday.
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Valahuir wrote:

Well my back still aches from going over, turns out that the bit infront of some driveways is lethal if it's been used but not cleared.

Considering the awkward way I landed If i hadn't had that hoodie on under my coat as an extra layer I'd probably have done some damage.

But I would like more snow, wanna build a snowman with my neices. As long as the busses are still running sunday.


I know how you feel. While I was getting lunch yesterday, I had the grand experience of slipping on some black ice and landing on my ass. All my friend could do was laugh while I tried to get up and avoid slipping again. ;_;
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It snowed?
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In regards to the whole 'people in other countries have more snow than us and get along fine, but we become useless with a few inches' thing... well, people in countries that get a lot of snow are prepared for it. Over here most of us only get a day of snow each year, so no one has snow tires or whatever else is necessary.

Anyway, I didn't really have any problems today. Hitched a ride with my dad somewhere though, and he almost hit 2 different people because both of them started crossing the road without looking. It's like people forget that just because it's snowing, doesn't mean that no one is driving.
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Lethargic_leopard_Seal wrote:

I have a solution straight from the minds of the Top Gear gang!


I remember seeing this a while back lol.

Anyways, it snowed alot here in Yorkshire today. It got so bad that college had to close. I was so glad that I got to go home early.
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animemonster96 wrote:


Lethargic_leopard_Seal wrote:

I have a solution straight from the minds of the Top Gear gang!


I remember seeing this a while back lol.

Anyways, it snowed alot here in Yorkshire today. It got so bad that college had to close. I was so glad that I got to go home early.


Pay no attention to the parts of the article taylored to American audiences. I wrote that to my countrymen a week ago after watching that ice rancher escapade.
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Not too bad around my way (Leicester) but I don't like how slippery it's made the pavements.

On the plus side, the office closed early as half the staff were worried about transport home
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Snow is nice when you're used to it.
Here on the west coast we don't even get snow to speak of, but in the east coast, where I'm from, 2-3 ft of snow was the normal in deep winter, bad storms would have you climbing out the upstairs window. I miss that.
Suiting up in a bulky snowsuit and wandering around in a blizzard where you can't see more than 20 feet. Just awesome. Almost like being an astronaut.
I always tunneled out my yard when I was a kid, you couldn't tell from outside, but I'd make lil labyrinths.

Dat nostalgia.
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Eh? It doesn't snow in the UK? I learned something new today.
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