Update: More on that flake..
If you go to Google.com today, you will notice a new Google doodle celebrating the 125th anniversary of the world's largest snowflake. Then, you might ask yourself, 'Where does Google come up with this stuff?"
The doodle is animated. A flock of birds flies away as the giant snowflake falls from the sky, to land as the second "O" in the word Google. A cow looks at it for a second, then goes about her business.
According to Wikipedia, which Google presents as the top organic result when clicking on the doodle, it was this day in 1887 when the largest snowflake was observed at 38 centimeters (15 in) in diameter in Fort Keogh, Montana.