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Google doodle marks 125th anniversary of the world’s biggest snowflake

There’s a new Google doodle today and it’s a pretty unusual one, designed to mark the 125th anniversary of the world’s biggest snowflake. It’s not clear why they’ve decided to single this particular event out, but then the Google doodles have always been pretty random.

The world’s biggest snowflake was recorded on January 28th 1887 in Fort Keogh, Montana. Records from the time claim that this snowflake was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick. Does that sound credible to you? There are no photos of the snowflake, and you have to wonder whether such a thing is even possible. Nevertheless, the legend has stuck.

There is apparently no scientific reason why a snowflake couldn’t be that large, even if weather conditions would likely break such a fragile thing up pretty quickly. There have been reliable accounts of snowflakes as wide as six inches in the past couple of decades,

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13 thoughts on “Google doodle marks 125th anniversary of the world’s biggest snowflake

  1. no comment

    Posted by Gracie | January 28, 2012, 5:02 am
  2. Maybe some gold prospector measured the record snowflake against his penis size. This could explain how this snowflake was so large. Sorta like fishermen when they measure a fish.

    Posted by phil mycrackn | January 28, 2012, 5:11 am
  3. Hello,

    Posted by Autumb | January 28, 2012, 5:12 am
  4. that is hilarious

    Posted by Erik Sun | January 28, 2012, 5:13 am
  5. i call bullshit

    Posted by breeder | January 28, 2012, 5:18 am
  6. If there’s no photos about the snowflake and it was in 1887 how would they know if is true? If there is no pictures about the snow flake than is impossible for me to believe it. It was probably a tale told to young children back in the days until now they still tell it.

    Posted by Diana | January 28, 2012, 5:27 am
  7. Well done, true or not it is thought prevoking

    Posted by Lawrence | January 28, 2012, 9:42 am
  8. 8-pointed snowflake – that’s unusual!

    Posted by Helen Robinson | January 28, 2012, 12:25 pm
  9. BALLS!

    Posted by mr. saltyballs | January 28, 2012, 1:42 pm
  10. Sorry, not balls! Snowflakes structurally are always hexagonal, never octagonal. Plenty of articles to be found on them. However, the Doodle was still entertaining.

    Posted by Helen Robinson | January 28, 2012, 11:42 pm

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