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  • Blizard in Illinois named after Notorous BIG, "SnotoriusBIG"



    BLOOMINGTON -- Hurricanes get names. Volcanoes get names. Why not blizzards? Central Illinoisans, many with some extra free time due to work or school being canceled, engaged in a little friendly debate online Tuesday: What should this blizzard be called? The winner for now, according to an especially unscientific poll on The Pantagraph's website, is "SnotoriousBIG," an ode to slain late great rapper Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls.

    After more than 600 votes by Wednesday morning, SnotoriusBIG was barely ahead of two more traditional favorites, Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon, both ever-so-slightly exaggerated takes on the foot or more of snow expected to cover Central Illinois by Wednesday night.

    Central Illinoisans were tossing out the humorous blizzard names all day Tuesday on social media sites Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, users were declaring allegiance by posting updates anchored by their favorite "hashtags," such as #BloNoBlizathon or "Blizzaster."

    But getting on a first-name basis with winter mayhem was not a Twin City invention. Last February, when a massive snowstorm all but shut down the Washington, D.C., metro area, President Barack Obama embraced a moniker floating around the Internet at the time. He called it "Snowmageddon."
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    1. SickaMorStyle's Avatar
      SickaMorStyle -
      I went threw this storm, it was defiantly a memorable event..

      heres a pic of the aftermath and how it buried my truck..
    1. schizophrenic's Avatar
      schizophrenic -
      snotoriusBIG? wtf lol