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Old 12-02-2003, 02:25 PM   #16
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Thanks for the science lesson beegeee.
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Did you know no 2 snowflakes are alike?
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:33 PM   #19
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i curse the snow cos despite the fact that i was wearing boots, i slid on some ice and ripped a hole in the knee of my jeans.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:38 PM   #20
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Did you know no 2 snowflakes are alike?
i think thats a lie

i bet there have been 2 that have been alike
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It's been scientifically proven.
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Old 12-02-2003, 02:59 PM   #22
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you're telling me, in the billions and billions and billions of snow flakes that have fallen, no 2 have been the same?

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AvsGirl41 is right

here i took a pic of the pathetic dusting that caused such a mess this morning
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Yeah and if you look closely, Chizip, you'll see that no 2 are alike.
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i dont care what avsgirl or you or any scientist says

i will remain steadfast in my belief that in all of time, in the almost infinite amount of snowflakes that have fallen, at least 2 have been the same
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avsgirl41 is right because she has aragorn for an avatar.
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hehhe it's just like no 2 fingerprints are the same.

oh look, i had a visitor today...

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http://www.bogle-dw.freeserve.co.uk/...htm#Snowflakes
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Dear Cecil:

How do they know with any degree of certainty that no two snowflakes are alike? When I took statistics I was taught that to draw a valid conclusion one had to take a representative sample of the entire population. But considering the impossibly large number of flakes in a single snowfall, let alone that have ever fallen, how could snowologists have possibly taken a sample large enough to conclude that no two are alike? --Leslie B. Turner, San Pedro, California

Dear Leslie:

They didn't, of course. Chances are, in fact, that there are lots of duplicates. What the snowologists really mean is that your chance of finding duplicates is virtually zero. It's been calculated that in a volume of snow two feet square by ten inches deep there are roughly one million flakes. Multiply that by the millions of square miles that are covered by snow each year (nearly one fourth of the earth's land surface), and then multiply that by the billions of winters that have occurred since the dawn of time, and it's obvious we're talking unimaginable googols of flakes. Some of these are surely repeats.

VINDICATION!

Some months ago, Straight Dope fiends will recall, this column struck a mighty blow for truth and freedom by attacking the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, a superstition that has blighted the lives of millions. Not having time to inspect all the world's snowflakes (besides, I lost the tweezers), Cecil relied instead on the crushing logic of mathematics, arguing that so many flakes had fallen since the dawn of time that there were bound to be a few duplicates.

Naturally, many scoffed. One peanut-brain called to say he knew for sure no two snowflakes were alike because he had heard it on Nova. There was also the unfortunate business with the googols, which we won't go into here. My defense in all cases was couched strictly in theoretical terms, since I did not expect any actual cases of twin flakes to turn up (although I must say the cast of characters in those Doublemint commercials certainly came close).

I was therefore pleasantly surprised to read in the bulletin of the American Meteorological Society that matching snow crystals were recently discovered by Nancy Knight of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The crystals in question admittedly aren't flakes in the usual sense but rather hollow hexagonal prisms. They are also not absolutely identical, but come on, if you insist on getting down to the molecular level, nothing's identical. They're close enough for me. Just shows you, not only is this column at the cutting edge of science, sometimes we have to wait for the cutting edge to catch up.

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