March 14, 2014

The NBT: Snowkiting


Keith: It is time for your end-of-the-week faves, starting with the Next Big Thing. You will see how some are making the best out of this really bad winter weather. But first, let’s see what you thought about last week’s idea.

We told you about the Blizzident, a new type of toothbrush claiming to brush your teeth, tongues and gums all at the same time in just six seconds. It uses a mouthpiece lined with 800 tiny bristles. So is the Blizzident the next big thing?

Seventy-nine percent said, ‘Yes, I’d like a briefer brush’. But twenty-one percent said, ‘No, there’s no quick fix’.

When you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! That is the theory behind this week’s Next Big Thing. It is the latest trend to conquer all this really bad cold weather.

What do you do when you have tons of ice and snow, and there is no end in sight to all the cold weather? You snowkite! At least that is what these Minnesotans say.

All you need is a special kite about 26 feet long and a pair of skis or a snowboard. Add some bitter cold wind and some ice and presto! You are snowkiting up to 60 miles per hour when you do it right!

The sport began in Europe during the 1970s and caught on in Minnesota, where they are enduring the worst winter in thirty years. It may not look like it, but these Minnesotans are snowkiting in 10-below-zero weather and having a blast.

Mike Kratochwill: These kites and this sport kind of takes the chill away.

Keith: Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, many of them covered in so much snow and ice that these folks could go on snowkiting until May.

So, what do you think? Is snowkiting the next big thing? Go to and vote.


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