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I’ve always suspected that timing was my forte, and this summer trip to Japan didn’t do much to disprove that tentative hypothesis. I arrived at the Kansai airport just as the illness formerly known as “swine flu” was sweeping the nation. Specifically, the western (Kansai) part of the nation, and specifically called 新型インフルエンザ (new-type influenza). Personal health questionnaires were handed out. Haphazard hazmat-suited officials took the questionnaires along with our temperatures. All this took about 30 minutes and wasted about a half-an-hour of my day. I assumed it was common knowledge that one is contagious days before one shows flu-like symptoms. These inspections were canceled a week after I arrived. See? Timing.
I’ve heard of raining men, cats and dogs, but this is straight out of Kafka on the Shore! I just got back from Japan myself, and people were talking about it over there. Fish, frogs, and tadpoles fall from Japanese skies. As might be imagined, meteorologists are befuddled.
Check out the Guardian article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/17/japan-rain-tadpoles
I’ve heard that Global Warming was supposed to cause some unpredictable meteorological phenomena, but this?