Ask Ethan: Could you have two perfectly identical snowflakes?
“I know scientists say that no two snowflakes are alike, but I say "how can you definitively know that unless you can see every single snowflake that falls.” Maybe a snowflake in Russia falls [at] the same time as a snowflake in Minnesota and they’re the same.“
When you see a snowflake, what you’re seeing is a thin crystal of ice, with intricate, hexagonally-symmetric features that reveal themselves under a microscope. Although snowflakes come in a myriad of different shapes and patterns, there’s one adage you’ve heard since you were a kid: that no two snowflakes are alike. From a scientific perspective, is that true? What gives snowflakes their intricate structures, and what does it truly mean for a snowflake to be unique? Do we require the exact same branching structure? Can we obtain that if we create them artificially? Do we require identical-ness down to a molecular or atomic level? And how much snow would we need for that to happen?
When we were freshmen in college, my twin brother came out to my parents so I said “oh shit, better tell them I’m gay too while you’re at it.”
The rest is history.
Happy national coming out day to everyone who’s ever had to come out, to the people who can’t come out, to all of you who didn’t even bother to come out because it was so obvious, and to those of you who don’t even know that you’re going to come out in the future. And happy national coming out day to @seethestarsablaze for being the brave twin.
Thanks for having the guts to come out and throwing my ass in the deep end, Chris. I owe you one.