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Happy birthday to tygercowboy! And happy belated birthday to pegasus316, who was on the 4th but I missed it somehow! Have some Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk)!


Vomiting flames, as a volcano; from Latin flamma and vomo, to vomit.
—Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850

Summer Snows

On June 6 and 7, 1816, snow fell across much of New England — with twenty-inch drifts reported around Danville, Vermont — amid record low temperatures and chilling winds. Throughout that summer, farmers tried with varying success to salvage their crops, as preachers took the opportunity to spread the notion that this bizarre "global cooling" was simply God punishing the wicked. The intermittent snows continued, and on August 21, snow fell that would remain until the following spring. Some discouraged families packed up and moved south or went to find factory jobs in nearby towns and cities or to help construct the Erie Canal. This powerful cold snap had resulted from the eruption of Mt. Tambora on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa the year before, which caused temporary climate change in America, Europe, and elsewhere by sending ashes billowing into the upper atmosphere.

You ever notice that good weather isn't purported to be God rewarding the virtuous?

-The Gneech


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Jun. 6th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Tell that to the Rev. John Boag!

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Jun. 6th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot hun :) We need snow! It was 82 degrees at 6am this morning!
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Referred to, I believe, in some journals of the time as "The year Eighteen hundred and froze to death" =^.^=
Jun. 8th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
That bit of historical fact is evidence of just how little control humans have on Global Warming.

Earth's natural phenomenon's (Volcanism, the change, with time, of Earth's orbit from circular to semi-elliptical, etc) and the variability of the Sun's energy output have more effect on climate that we do.

So, take THAT Al.

PS: Ever notice how Al Gore, with his rotund figure and the full beard he sported a few years ago made him look a bit like President William Howard Taft?
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