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Snowflake Wall of Shame

This page forms an addendum to the MPhys project I ran on the symmetry of snowflakes. I suspect people will naturally click on the tab containing the word "Fun" before the tab containing the words “MPhys Projects”. Please click the other tab if you wish for more context.

We assumed as a starting point of the MPhys project that it was common knowledge that snowflakes have six legs. The purpose of the project was to establish why those legs look identical. It seems that even the idea that snowflakes have six legs is not universally accepted. Here are a few examples from the other camp, some of which violate the Crystallographic restriction theorem. If you have any additions I'd be happy to add them.

An electric snowflake that doesn't have six legs
An electric snowflake that doesn't have six legs
A snowflake graphic that doesn't have six legs
A snowflake graphic that doesn't have six legs

and a political cartoon with an impressive challenge in the final frame:

An age old argument - the false 'explain that' argument

Finally, a reminder to be critical whenever a theorem is quoted at you without proof:

An actual snowflake that doesn't have six legs