Russian officials: No threat from yellow snow
We still wouldn't recommend eating it, Steve-o
A mysterious fall of yellow snow in the Omsk region of Siberia has had locals worried, but officials says it is not toxic.
The snow has been described as having a "distinctive smell", and being yellow "with oily marks". The Russian media has speculated that the snow fall could have been caused by a chemical accident in Siberia, an apparently plausible hypothesis: Omsk is a heavily industrialised region, with several oil and gas refineries.
But despite concern about toxic spills, tests have apparently come back clear. Reuters reports that Russia's emergency ministry flew a chemical lab to the region to analyse the dodgy precipitation.
Regional emergency spokesman, Vladimir Gurzhei, said: "Yellow snow that fell on Omsk region two days ago poses no threat to people's health."
The Russian media's newfound yellow snow experts have also suggested that the phenomenon could have been caused by a rare dust storm in contiguous Kazakhstan.
Since the snow seems to have fallen from the sky in its yellow state, we sadly have to discard our own pet theory that thousands of oil refinery workers decided to put their secondhand beers to good use in a large scale, late night, drunken pee-a-thon. ®
Snow that is produced from snow cannons - and hence with a very short crystalization periode which does not allow for the nice, fully developed hexagonal filigrance - may have a tint of yellow to it.
I guess similar circumstances of short crystalization periode may also sometimes appear in nature.
Frank Zappa commented on the necessity of avoiding yellow snow.
Maybe the gods have decided to **** on us in order to gain more attention to themselves.
I gather from MetOffice that snow is due to fall in England this week. What colour would we wish for?
Don't You eat that yellow snow
For the uninitiated in the history of the meme...
"Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow"
are Frank Zappa lyrics. I believe the title of the song is..."don't you eat that yellow snow", or some such thing. No matter your generational bias listening to the Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention albums is a good thing. Characterizing Frank Zappa as an iconoclastic rock star is as weak as saying Lenny Bruce was a stand up comedian. Both were heavy artillery barrages pounding on the American Dream.