The word for "snow" in Tajik is "barf." "Yellow snow" is "zard barf." There is a brand of laundry detergent called Barf, available for purchase across Central Asia and in parts of Europe.
We learned this fun fact from some former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Uzbekistan, a land where Unreal yearns to travel. (Unreal will accept any donations from loyal readers who want to help us achieve this dream.)
We were saving this fun fact for a snow day, and also we were reminded of it this morning as we watched our dog squat down and relieve herself in the backyard. It also seems a fitting memorial for Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps, who died this week but who would no doubt be thrilled to learn what his agency has contributed to human understanding.
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