Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Weird-ass Wednesday #9

Meet Yuki-Taro, Japan's snow-eating machine. Not only does it eat the snow, it then forms it into bricks which can be stacked neatly out of the way. "Yuki" means "snow," and Taro is a common boy's name, so Yuki-Taro is the equivalent of "Snow-Joe."

On Japan's northern island, Hokkaido, where I lived in the early 1950s as an Army brat, snow is abundant in winter. During a blizzard on base, the GIs had to go on 24-hour snow detail to shovel the stuff off the roofs and keep it away from doors. Snow-GI-Joes. :)