Uncommon Knowledge: Can a snow globe be used medicinally?

Make Your Own Snowglobe Kit | UncommonGoodsThe first man to patent a snow globe design was actually trying to create an improved piece of surgical lighting. In the late 19th century, an Austrian named Erwin Perzy was tinkering with a Schusterkugel—a special flask filled with water that had been used for centuries as a way to focus light. Perzy hoped to create a better surgical lamp by suspending bits of reflective material in the liquid. The sparkling effect reminded him of snow, and so he created a version of the flask with a model of an Austrian cathedral inside. When requests for more of his Schneekugel (snowball) began pouring in, he and his brother founded a business in Vienna to create them full-time. That family-run business continues today, and the precise material they use for their “snow” is a family secret that has been handed down over the generations.

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Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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