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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Not Your Typical Rainy Day

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Imagine yourself outside, enjoying a fine spring day somewhere in the Serbian village of Odzaci. You happen to glance up and notice a strange-looking cloud. Hmm, you think; looks like rain. And you would be correct. Sort of.

According to this article posted yesterday, this "cloud" rained frogs instead of water. Thousands. Of. Frogs. At least they were small...

Slavisa Ignjatovic, local climatology expert (whatever that means) offered this simple scientific explanation: some unidentified whirlwind sucked the frogs from some unidentified body of water, carried the frogs to Odzaci airspace, then proceeded to release the frogs from its swirling grasp. Presumably gravity - another famous scientific...doohickey - took over at that point.

Though the voice of Cynical Man rises above the others in my head, I'd like to think the Odzaci residents did The Right Thing and returned these poor innocent frogs to their aquatic homes (parental frog: "Thank you so much. And you, missy, how many times have I told you to not play in the whirlwind?! You are *so* grounded!"). And I hope local authorities will press charges against the whirlwind or its owner. Creator. Whatever. They cannot "look the other way" and condone this sort of thing; anarchy waits in the wings, and probably carries salamanders. Or even newts.

Finally, while I deeply trust the whirlwind explanation - I mean, he is an expert in his field (whatever that is) - I cannot help but wonder: what do these people get with a hailstorm?

(give yourself a bonus point if you "get" the fine-print subtitle)

2 Emissions:

Blogger Demosthenes emitted...

Well at least it didn't rain Serbs... grenade here, rusty Soviet era tank there... it could get messy. However, in all seriousness, I am very, repeat, VERY surprised that all those frogs could get into Serbian air space without getting a S.A.M. up the cloaca. Owen Wilson certainly couldn't achieve the same thing. Or was that in Bosnia? Or are they the same thing now? Regardless, bravo, little amphibians, bravo.

6/08/2005 02:15:00 PM  
Blogger jedith emitted...

I have heard of stuff like that before. I heard a case in China where a tornado uprooted buried treasure and rained gold pieces on a poor chinese village. Guess they're not poor anymore!

6/08/2005 04:13:00 PM  

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