Story of my life. haha
Why can’t EVERY boy be like this? He forgot ice cream, but it’s okay chocolate and chinese food make up for that. Waaaaaaaaah.
There have been certain people posting videos claiming to prove that the snow fallen on their lawns is actually fake. As a result, there have been even higher claims that this is a government conspiracy. Somehow, the government has figured out how to manipulate the weather, and figured out how to produce snow at such a high pace, it can be sprinkled around the south’s lawns through Obama’s planes. Oh, and global climate change is just a hoax.
It’s called sublimation, guys.
To clarify something, the snow doesn’t scorch. That’s actually soot we see. The soot comes from incomplete combustion of the fuel (in this case, butane). Just a side experiment, try holding a butane lighter to anything for as long as the lady in the linked video above did, and look at how it ends up looking. Soot sticks to stuff, including snow.
It takes 334 Joules to melt 1 gram of ice at 0°C. A butane lighter flame gives off around 900 Joules per minute.
Naturally, snow is a great absorbent or insulator. Having said this, any small amount of water that’ll melt will actually be sucked up by the snow. To melt 1 gram of snow or ice you would have to hold the flame under the snowball for several minutes. Still confused? Let me put it in simpler terms. I hope we all know that snow and ice have different physical and thermal properties. How do you think the Inuit managed to build fires inside of igloos?
WHY DOESN’T IT MELT?
Snow is more air than water, as opposed to the composition of ice. It takes WAY more snow to fill a pot of water over a fire, than it does ice, because of the lack of tight packing of water molecules. When snow falls, it doesn’t fall in tight amounts, but rather in small, loose particles. So when it lands, it doesn’t pack tightly, but rather holds air pockets. As a result, snow is less dense than ice, and as I mentioned earlier, the little moisture that is released by the snow, is then drawn back into the snow, and therefore we see no dripping. On the other hand, ice is already as dense as it can get, so any moisture released is dripped, and so we see ice melt. I encourage you all to heat snow up in a pot, not too high in temperature, and you’ll most likely see it melt. Try it, if you are so inclined—I’m not responsible for air pollution particles in the water, though!
If there was a way to include smell in YouTube videos, I would believe the claims that the burning snow releases a particular smell. I can’t actually smell the snow burning, but my best educated guess here is that they are just smelling the butane. That, or maybe bits and pieces of non-water particles from air pollution. I don’t know, just a guess.
Science was never my forte in school, but after seeing claims of a government conspiracy via fake snow, I decided to do my own research. Also, I hope we realize that melting snow with body temperature (as in actually touching it) is different than trying to burn it. I hope that some people’s claims of fake snow are just a way of trolling us, and the panic risen is also just another troll. Here’s how I conclude this conspiracy: science, bitches.
Justin Beiber’s case has obtained so much attention that even the Obama administration is to look at the case done via a whitehouse.gov petition made to revoke his green card. A citizen of Detroit, Michigan, J.A, started the petition on the 23rd of January. To receive an official response, there was a required signature goal of 100,000 people which was reached way before its deadline of February 22, 2014. The White House now has to look at the petition and make a response on this, based on the met number of signatures, but that doesn’t mean that the response will be the one 219k (and counting as of January 31st, 2013) people are wanting—his deportation. So, what exactly could happen then? How effective is this petition after all?
Well, the petition is asking to have his “green card revoked”. Here’s something we need to consider, Justin Beiber doesn’t have a green card. He holds a temporary O-1 visa status. An O-1 visa is a renewable visa that’s given to a select number of people who have some sort of “extraordinary ability” in the arts or sciences, amongst other categories.
While ideally, a lot of Americans would want is for him to get deported, but there are certain things we must consider. As a reality check, let’s actually look at the facts, in relation to our politics. I’ve heard from many of my peers that if Justin Beiber was a poor person of color, he would be deported right away. I can’t say this isn’t a race issue, but also given his special status in the US, according to federal law, he needs to have done a violent crime or a crime that would sentence him to be punished to over a year in prison, to be re-evaluated for deportation. So, what exactly was Beiber arrested for in the first place?
Well, let’s look at the facts of the Miami Beach arrest, not including the chaos he’s caused elsewhere (like that of the suspected egging of his neighbor). The arrest happened on the 23rd of January, and as a result, he was booked for a misdemeanor DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired Georgia license. Amongst this, the DUI not just included alcohol, according to cop, but Beiber also admitted to having been smoking in his studio. There have been updates to the results of the events of the arrest, so we have yet to see what the results will come out to be.
It personally irks me to see that there are people who haven’t caused as much of chaos as Bieber, and yet our imperfect immigration system has deported them, sans a citizen petition. The answer to the question about whether Beiber can be deported or not is hard to answer at this point. I am one to think it’s going to be hard to actually deport him, based on our laws on O-1 visa holders. I am one to think that he is a visitor of the United States, and as such, he should act accordingly. I’m not particularly picking on his drug habits, but there is a certain unwritten etiquette he should follow, out of courtesy to his host country.
I’m definitely feeling this song today.
I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone
The river’s just a river
The world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers