Pat Shingleton for Jan. 25, 2013

Folks are battling cabin fever in Danville, Vt., and a handful of residents fought the winter doldrums outside their back door. Last weekend, a 15-foot “Frosty the Snowman” was built in three hours, fashioned with oversized twig arms, beef jerky cans for eyes and a Brillo pad mouth. Add-ons are expected. In March 1988, Myron L. Ace entered the Guinness Book of Records by building a 63.5-foot snowman in Anchorage, Alaska. Myron’s giant sculpture was finalized with the assistance of eight friends, one of whom was a skilled crane operator who lifted 8-inch snow blocks to shape the snowman. Named “Super Frosty,” it took three weeks to complete. The city then was hit with a 70-mph dust storm that turned the masterpiece into “Super Brown Frosty.”

Fastcast: Springlike.