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Question #1286 posted on 11/05/2003 4:02 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How do they know that no two snowflakes are the same?

- A Guy Who Has Lots of Time, But not Enough Check All of Them -

A: Dear Guy,
Actually, it's a matter of pure probability. There are an infinite number of variations to how a snowflake forms. Velocity, particulate matter, temperature, etc all affect how a snowflake forms. Scientists have studied thousands of snowflakes, and every one has a distinct and unique form. So as long as we assume that there are not an infinite number of snowflakes, we can safely say that there can be infinite variation.

-Benvolio