Saturday, July 14, 2007

Long, Rainy Weekend

Monday, July 16, 2007 is Umi No Hi (Marine Day), a national holiday. That makes this weekend a three-day weekend (or a two-day weekend for people like me who work on Saturdays).

Unfortunately, the majority of that weekend will be spent taking refuge from Typhoon #4, which has been dumping biblical volumes of rain on Miyazaki Prefecture all day long today, and is currently on course to do the same in Tokyo tomorrow. Hopefully this means I'll have plenty of time to come up with an interesting idea for a blog post this weekend.

FUN FACT: Rainy days are responsible for some of the greatest inventions in history. Among those innovations that sprung from inclement weather:

The umbrella (invented in China thousands of years ago; successfully miniaturized by restaurants that serve tropical cocktails)

The gollosh (a waterproof boot named after the delicious Hungarian casserole of the same name)

The rain curtain (invented by Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid)

The gutter (If it weren't for gutters, where would people like Edgar Allen Poe go to die?)

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