How icicles get their lumps


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#2

Toronto icicles? Is this a new euphemism for crack?


#3

How much salt is naturally in snow (I suppose that a salt crystal could be the nucleation point of the flake)? I remember large ripples in the icicles when I was a kid, but can’t imagine that there would be any appreciable salt on the house/barn/etc in the middle of nowhere.


#4

Yes, I alwasy wondered about that too…
No, I didn’t.
Maybe there is salt in it because most of the humidity in the air originates from the oceans?
Or /puts on tinfoil hat/ it’s the chemtrail conspiracy!


#5

There may be a more obvious source.


#6

We never used any salt/de-ice stuff on our sidewalk/etc., but they did use copious amounts of salt on the hills near our house – I suppose that a salty-mist could travel a few hundred yards/meters when splashed by vehicles…


#7

I’ve seen lumpy icicles hanging off trees in the middle of the woods. And I have never seen a smooth, conical icicle, nor a depiction of one, ever. Not thinking anthropogenic salt here.


#8

Good to see the University of Toronto pursuing research that’s important to Canadians. Now if only their sociology department could solve the lost mitten problem, we’d be great.


#9

That was solved years ago.


#10

i see birds in trees and on roofs, pooping.

(and rippled sex toys)


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