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Snow is a form of precipitation in which the falling water starts as miniature ice crystals.
What it is
Tiny ice crystals formed in clouds whose shape varies based on temperature and humidity. Shapes range from the famous six-fold radial symmetry to simple needles and columns. It is a widespread belief that no two snowflakes are alike, which is something that is difficult to prove due to the septillions of snowflakes that fall on Earth every winter, not to mention all the snow that must be falling on other planets. Still, the phrase is likely trivially true due to the sheer improbability of two snowflakes being identical in terms of number of molecules, isotopic composition, exact structure, etc., even if some snowflakes are very similar in terms of shape.
Snow falls at a pace at least ten times more rapid than rain, depending on the temperature. This makes snow very dangerous, as it can cause slippery roads. Also, it can snow when it is much higher than 32°F (0°C); it can go up into the 40s and 50s.
What it's not
Crazy nanomachines from the government, somehow related to chemtrails. When a chunk of snow is burned at any temperature with a butane lighter, the snow does not seem to liquefy but rather turns black and shrinks. In actuality, the melted snow in liquid form is absorbed back into the snowball and the blackness is from the carbon in butane (C4H10) attaching itself to the snowball.
Snow also doesn't disprove the existence of climate change.[citation NOT needed] In the real world, climate change can cause more wild storms to occur as more water is vaporized into clouds, with wind being stronger in these instances. Climate change in the Arctic additionally causes that cold air to go somewhere else, such as into the continental United States. A devastating example was the February 2021 North American cold wave and the February 13-17, 2021 North American winter storm, where extremely cold air punched as far as Texas, leading to over $20 billion and over 200 fatalities due to a mass power crisis, freezing temperatures, and snow (not to mention the Republican state leadership being too idiotic to properly deal with the situation). The Texas government estimates nearly $200 billion was caused in the disaster.
The word snow is a slang word for cocaine, a dangerous and usually illegal drug that appears as a white powdery substance. Real snow has no physiological effect other than to chill whatever flesh with which it comes in contact and hurt people's eyes when the sun's harsh enough.
Usage as a snarl word
People on all parts of the political spectrum, though more associated with the (extreme) political right (especially the alt-right), frequently call their opponents "snowflakes" or "special snowflakes" to insult them, particularly mocking their perceived over-sensitivity and inflated sense of "special treatment". This snarl word plays on the partially-true idea that "no two snowflakes are alike". As with most snarl words, this ubiquitous term has lost all power, and it just sounds dumb, as if being unique, symmetrical, cool, beautiful, and coming in different shapes depending on the temperature is a bad thing.
At times, the use of the snarl word can seem like a form of psychological projection, such as when conservative regions try to ban prize-winning books that deal with difficult subject matter from school curricula (e.g., Art Spiegelman's Maus, and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye).
In Taiwan, cranky old farts from the so-called "good old days" refer to younger generations as "strawberries", which are known for bruising easily; they view the younger generation as spoiled, lazy, selfish, and unable to get off their lawns. This is as asinine as the "snowflake generation" moniker toward millennials and younger, as Taiwan's youth, as in the United States, are facing the increasing problem of increased work hours and stagnant minimum wage. And, circling back to the original topic: climate change.
- Is it true that no two snow crystals are alike?, Library of Congress
- Cocaine street names courtesy of Bed Rock Recovery Center
- Was Fake Snow Made from Asbestos Marketed as Christmas Decor?, Bethania Palma, Snopes 21 December 2017
- Current weather: A blizzard of snowflakes in the red states by Dana Milbank (January 28, 2022) The Washington Post.
- Chou, J. (September 12, 2005). "Experts: Strawberry Generation is just a myth, statistics say". Taipei Times. Accessed September 27, 2021. As if things got better since the article's publication since 2005.