November 07, 2023

Snow Penises Everywhere


Snow Penises Everywhere
Snow penis on a car in Yekaterinburg. Alec Luhn, Twitter.

Wintertime has arrived in Russia. Snow angels and snowmen are embellishing cities across the country. But in Yekaterinburg, residents are waking up to find their city decorated with giant snow sculptures of a decidedly more adult kind.

The first snow phallus appeared next to a school on Lenin Avenue. Municipal workers quickly demolished the sculpture, but it was too late to stop what Yekaterinburg Online has called "a surge in snow genitals." Students in the city have crafted penises on dormitories' courtyards, in the proximity of universities, parks, and even in front of Yekaterinburg's landmark Iset Tower and Opera and Ballet Theater. 

The sculptures have outraged city residents and authorities alike. The mayor said the snow penises were "a disgrace." The vice mayor called for law enforcement to get involved. Residents have circulated a petition to stop students from erecting more frozen phalli. Authorities have called for Yekaterinburgians to send pictures of the ice pieces to take them down as quickly as possible.

Not long after the scandal, and by complete coincidence, photos of a giant anus built in a Yekaterinburg mall in early October began recirculating across Russia. Doctors used the recreation to spread awareness of intestinal cancer.

 

 

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