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To this day, I still wonder: how do we know no two snowflakes are alike?

It seems sort of absurd to assume that no snowflake has its carbon copy twin floating gracefully to ground somewhere in the world. I mean, how would we know?

The moment it warms up 5 degrees, you're out of luck and the cold little guy disappears forever - or until, through the evaporation process, the moisture goes back to the sky and comes back down in some form (See? I paid attention in elementary school science class.)

During my winters in Indiana I remember playing in our snowy yard, and catching single flakes on my gloves, examining them until they met their untimely demises. And you know what? A lot of them looked the exact same. Of course, I didn't have a microscope or any scientific knowledge when examining them, so it doesn't mean much, but still.

Well, as you ponder this, why not make a few paper snowflakes of your own? But remember that snowflakes have six sides (Hm, maybe not all of them, though...), so fold the paper into sixths before you start cutting away. 

To do this:

*Fold the sheet in half.
*Holding the folded edge upright, take the top right corner and fold it down diagonally.
*Do the same with the left.
*Cut off the excess paper, leaving a curved edge.
*Cut away!
*If these instructions are confusing (and I think they are), follow this link to a Web site that includes illustrations to help you along.