Sharks and the weather
Posted October 16, 2014 at 03:01 am

Aww, we've all been there, Jamie.

I almost didn't come up with a "news from 1916" entry for you becuase it's 3 am and I want to wake up in time for yoga because that's the kind of person I am, but I quickly checked out the 1916 Wiki entry, and there were two events that popped out at me.

In July, a shark or two attacked 5 people, leaving 4 dead and one amputated, which later inspired a little book by Peter Benchly called Jaws. It's a really enjoyable read, in case you haven't read it.

Little-known fact: Jaws was the book that got me back into reading twelve years ago. Someone left it out on German Street in a box that said "FREE." Truth be told, my lust for reading was due to a combination of Jaws, and a terrible 1970's porn novel whose name escapes me (thank god) which proved to be more of a bizarre comedy than a porn. It featured such word combinations as "pinkly hot" and "wetly moist," among others, which is how I learned that sometimes publishers require authors to adhere to a certain page count, regardless of the content quality that is compromised because of it. Some publishers are terrible, and most writers are worse.

Earlier in that year of 1916, in Browning, Montana in January, the temperature dropped OVER ONE HUNDRED DEGREES (F) WITHIN 24 HOURS, going from a comfortable 44° to NEGATIVE 56° making it the largest temperature change ever recorded. For those of you who function on a more sensible measurement of temperature, that's a drop from 6.7° to -48.8° C. I'll bet they all thought the world was gonna end, and they were probably right, albeit a bit early.

In case you haven't caught on, I give quite a shit about the weather, because I am old. I only skimmed up to July, though, so more interesting things (aside from the war, lord help us all) may have happened in the latter half of 1916. Maybe another shark ate some people! Or spread typhoid fever by not washing its fins, who knows.


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