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Weird Snow Globes

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    The primary purpose of a snow globe is to captivate our senses and evoke the gentle beauty of falling snow. Those of us residing near the 49th parallel need no reminder, as we have been immersed in a snowy wonderland for half the year. Snow globes are often spotted in novelty shops or tourist hotspots, resembling miniature versions of Kandor, the bottle city of Krypton, but with an eternal, enchanting frost.

    Over time, the world of snow globes has evolved significantly. What commenced with the creation of the Eiffel Tower-themed globe in the 1880s has since transcended borders and reached its zenith in the 1950s, coinciding with the atomic age. Some may argue that this era bore testament to a fascination with the prospect of a nuclear winter, which found its expression in these quaint glass spheres.

    In the contemporary landscape, snow globes have taken on a new dimension, focusing more on delivering a shock value to the viewer. The initial allure that once surrounded them has somewhat waned over the 120 years since their inception, as they have become somewhat of a tired gimmick.

    At the height of their popularity, snow globes held a significant cultural presence, often reminiscent of a main character in Orson Welles’ cinematic masterpiece, “Citizen Kane.” More recently, they have been mentioned in popular culture, such as in the TV series “Lost,” where they serve as a metaphor for the castaways’ isolated existence. This evolution in the perception and use of snow globes reflects the shifting landscape of our collective interests and fascinations.

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    Tony M.