Snow spurs stories, good and bad

Snow is on everyone's minds today, starting with this Washington Post piece on how the worst storm of the season just hit the D.C. areaBoston Globe's Christopher Rowland praised this effort by tweeting, "Great photo gallery from Washington Post photographers, who got on it early." Folks especially liked this photo of a surgeon walking to work in the blizzard, captioned, "This is dedication." That doctor's resolve is sure to brighten your day.

On the other end of the spectrum, a very different photo from Slate is certain to darken it: "Quite possibly the craziest snow photo I've ever seen, today in Raleigh NC," tweeted the original poster, meteorologist Eric HolthausFarhad Manjoo wondered, "What on earth is going on in Raleigh?" Walter Hickey with FiveThirtyEight warned, "We’re at DEFCON 5. Five loaves of bread, five dozen eggs, five gallons of milk, people."

And c/o Washington City Paper food editor Jessica Sidman, here's a list of all the stuff Whole Foods ran out of during this crisis. "The most important thing on the Internet today. Not the vegan scones!" Stateline's Jake Grovum wailed. "Hang it up, folks, @jsidman already has the best snow post of the day," Sidman's colleague Will Sommer concluded. Drew Magary at Gawker pleaded, "Please let this be a multipart series."

Finally, to end this snowy round-up on the lightest note possible, here's an unforgettable twitpic of a poor Cup of Noodles mascot forced to shovel in Yokohama's snowstorm. Richard Deitsch with Sports Illustrated predicted, "You will not see a better photo today."

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