Stress Balls in a Snowstorm: What Bubba, the QLP Mascot, Did During the Blizzard [VIDEO]

Snomg. Snowpocalypse. Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011. Whatever you call the massive snowstorm on February 1st and 2nd of 2011, you know that it’s wreaked havoc on numerous U.S. states this week. And the Chicago area was definitely included in the havoc-wreaking. We even learned a new term: THUNDERSNOW.

People were chattering nonstop about the snowstorm since Monday, January 31. By the time snow started to fall on Tuesday afternoon, the mixed fear and anticipation of it all was almost too much to bear. So, instead of idly sitting by and watching through the windows, we decided to set up a camera in order to gauge the total snowfall…using a neat stack of Bubba stress balls as the measurements. Thanks to Joseph Giorgi, our video king, we have an official weather report to document the quantity of snow we received from Tuesday night until Wednesday morning (don’t worry, it’s time-lapsed)!

Are you ready to see Bubba brave the snow? Here’s the “Groundhog Day Blizzard” weather report straight from Quality Logo Products headquarters in Aurora, Illinois:

Pretty amazing, huh? According to Bubba, we received approximately 10 inches of snow over the course of 12 hours. (The official snowfall totals report that Aurora had received approximately 19 inches by Thursday morning). That may not seem like much to those who are used to this kind of snowfall, but there’s no doubt that it seriously impaired travel around here!

Were you affected by the Snowpocalypse? Do you have another term for the snowstorm? Would you like to rave about Joe’s sweet video-editing skills or about Bubba’s sweet curves? Give us a shout-out in the comment field below!


Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on


  1. Scooby DOO!

    That is hilarious! Nice job joe!

  2. Myrtle


  3. JPorretto

    Nice vid Joe!!! Well done!

    I have some drifts at my house that are at least 12 Bubbas tall (With of course a Bubba being a standard unit of measurement now). I plowed my driveway twice. The first time there was about 3.5 Bubbas. The second time about 5 Bubbas. That’s a lot of Bubbas!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Thanks, man. I definitely think that the U.S. should convert to the “Bubba” system of measurement.

      Wow, 5 Bubbas of snow on your drive? That’s ridiculous! I’m spoiled by my apartment-based lifestyle. I honestly forgot what it was like to shovel/snow-blow/plow a driveway.

  4. Bret Bonnet

    Dude; this is freaking awesome!

    Wow… Bubba is the MAN. 10 inches of snow, no coat, no gloves, no hat – no NOTHING.

    Driving through this storm was horrible! I recall counting more cars in the ditch than I did on the road at the time. Thank goodness most people listed to the states advice and decided to stay home instead of risking the drive.

    I bet there will be more accidents TODAY than yesterday though because more places will be open for business and the roads, while much better, are now pure ice instead of being covered with white puffy snow!

    PS. Great idea for a video Wenger!

    • Vernon

      NO PANTS!!!!!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      It was definitely the end of days—that’s for sure! Those whose cars ended up in the ditch had no business on the road to begin with, but casualties were at least at a minimum.

      And yeah, Bubba’s definitely a man’s man!

  5. Becky Gatch

    How come they didnt’ blow over? Nice job Joe 🙂 As most of you know…I was certainly stranded yesterday with no way out of my subdivision.

  6. KB

    Very entertaining and clever idea. Great video Joe! 🙂 Though I didn’t see or hear any at my house I guess there was a lot of thunder and lightning that came through with this storm. I didn’t even know a “thunder snow” existed! This is definitely one for the books.

  7. Vernon

    That video was really good like the disclaimers also!!!!

  8. Doc

    I’m still confused about this “thundersnow” as well. I’ve heard people talking about it, but I didn’t witness this first hand.

    My personal favorite nickname was “The Storm of Joakim SNOah”…..Go Bulls!

  9. Cybernetic SAM

    Hahaha! This was GREAT! Bubba is the MAN!

  10. Joseph Giorgi

    Props to Mike for the idea behind the video!

    Bubba should always be involved in current events. I can only imagine the kinds of shenanigans he’ll get into in the future…

  11. Brian

    HAHA love the video, and loving the snow storm for cancelling my classes but stranding me at home!

  12. Josette

    Quality Logo.. you better watch out… I think I heard rumor about the Weather Channel scouting for fresh talent…… I would definitely tune into more than just “Local on the 8’s” if Bubba was hosting!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      I couldn’t agree more! Bubba would no doubt have viewers glued to their sets in anticipation of the next forecast! He just has that magnetism about him.

  13. Shawn

    Stress Balls in a Snowstorm: What Bubba Did During the Blizzard [VIDEO] – #SU

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