It’s Okay To Yodel

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I remember reading once that in Greek mythology there was a belief that snow was caused by Zeus who brought it to mankind by means of his arrows. His arrows were believed to be responsible for weather phenomena like snowfall. 

Some of the more interesting facts about snow include; snow is not white, there must be pollen or dust in the air to form snow, no two snowflakes are exactly alike, it takes about 1 hour for a snowflake to reach the ground and my favourite, yodelling won’t cause an avalanche. It turns out that there are a number of factors that can trigger an avalanche, but noise isn’t one of them. For an avalanche to happen, a shift in weight or pressure is needed such as a blizzard, high winds, earth vibrations, a change in temperature or even human activity. But, noise won’t create an avalanche, even yodelling. Yodelling was first used by shepherds to call their stock and to communicate between Alpine villages in the Alps in Central Europe. It then became popular in the 1830s as entertainment in theatres and music halls and extended to places such as America, Romania, Bulgaria, Africa, Hawaii, Madagascar and the Solomon Islands however there has never been an avalanche created by yodelling.

So, if you’re ever high in the Alps surrounded by heavy snow, rest assured that a loud burst of terrible singing won’t bring a mass of snow, ice, and rocks falling rapidly down a mountainside.

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