Collecting clear spheroids containing snowy tableaus of quaint scenarios suspended in clear fluid is a pastime of both grandmothers and grandmothers-at-heart. What do you need to know about the history of these transparent globular mantel dazzlers?
• 1882: Snow globes are accidentally invented by a disgruntled man attempting to drown a suspicious group of miniature resin Christmas caroler figurines. That man’s name? Richard Snowglobe.
• 1969: Space-age technology permits snow globes to be paired with a key-wound music box, affording witnesses a level of entertainment so unprecedented that the streets became littered with crumpled, obsolete televisions.
• 1985: First snow-globe appearance by fan favorite Eeyore, the donkey from Winnie-the-Pooh. Within two years of immense success in this new medium, he will retire from animation entirely.
• 2010: A controversial plastic, USB-powered snow globe is revealed at the biannual Snow Global Conference in Zurich, causing the international glass market to plummet. Subsequent rioting across Europe destroys more than 300,000 miniature Eiffel Towers and one regular-size model.
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