It's the middle of July and you know what that means: Winter is finally over in Boston. All the snow from the city's epic snowstorm officially melted on July 14.
During a brutal winter during which the city received a whopping 110.6 inches, road management crews trucked the white stuff into towering snow piles because they had nowhere else to put it. This last lingering mound — which at one point towered to 75 feet — took so long to disappear because it also housed more than 80 tons of garbage, which was swept into the snow by industrious plows.
Now you see it. And now (well, actually a very long time later) you don't. Massachusetts's Emergency Management Agency tweeted some before and after images:
In case you're doing the math, it took more than three months for the snow to melt. That got us thinking about all the things that take a lot less time. Here are just a few:
The prison break of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo'
Sure, it took Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman awhile to build his escape hole, but when it was time to escape, he was like lightning. Mexican government officials released a surveillance video that shows the world's most-wanted drug lord pacing for a few seconds in his cell. Then he ducks behind a privacy wall near his shower and disappears.
Serena Williams' win at Wimbledon
The tennis star earned her sixth Wimbledon title in a matter of 13 days. She played her first match June 29 and played her last on July 11, picking up her title (and 21st Grand Slam win) and battling a few body-shamers about her ripped physique along the way.
The solar-powered Solar Impulse took less than five days to fly from Japan to Hawaii. (Photo: Solar Impulse)
Solar Impulse test run
The longest solar-powered flight was recorded July 3 at an amazing 117 hours and 52 minutes when the experimental plane Solar Impulse 2 flew from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii without any fuel. The plane's planned around-the-world journey has been temporarily put on hold due to battery issues.
Kitten escaping from a sandal
Haven't watched your cute cat video for the day? This one will take mere seconds. Nearly as resourceful as "El Chapo," Snowy the kitten manages to free himself from the confines of a scary flipflop with a whole lot of flailing. But he's incredibly cool when he's out.
Binge watching 'Mad Men'
Not every episode is available yet on Netflix, but you can get all the way through the first half of the last season of this iconic series by spending a mere 71 hours glued to your TV or computer.
However, we realized that not everything is quicker than Boston's melting snow. We managed to come up with a couple of things that take a longer.
Artist’s concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, in July 2015. (Photo: NASA)
Getting to Pluto
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was launched nine years ago for a 3 billion-mile trip to Pluto. The spacecraft took off on Jan. 19, 2006. According to NASA, "it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and will conduct a five-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015." It made its closest approach to Pluto on July 14.
Releasing a sequel to 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
OK, so technically it isn't a sequel, but "Go Set a Watchman" comes 55 years after Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The book is said to be Lee's first draft of the book, which was revised several times before Atticus Finch took his now-legendary form.
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