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June 10th, 2008
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This icon is strangely, wrongly appropriate
I swear, sometimes it feels like I'm writing headlines in an alternate universe much cooler than our own:

"Quake lake growing despite military action"

Yes, soldiers are in fact attacking a lake. With anti-tank weapons.

frameacloud suggests via IM that "All it needs is to have a face on it like in your icon. And make aggravated Godzilla noises when they attack it."

Well, sure. But why stop there?

Clearly, this entire phenomenon is a campy monster movie come to life. Humans play god with nature; nature rises up in force; humans try ineffectually to stop the now-invincible threat; most of an Asian country gets leveled as lots of people run around screaming.

And then, giant robots. And theme songs.

Randa banunradan Tounjukanraa!*

* I am so going to hell for this.**
** The whole post, I mean. What with the joking about natural disasters and all. Although when I get there, the devil's probably going to cite that one line as the deciding factor.

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Date:June 10th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
"[100] WHILE Xerxes tarried at Sardis, they that were appointed to this business made a bridge over the Hellespont, from Abydos to a certain rocky land that runs out into the sea on the other side, the space between being seven furlongs. One line the Phœnicians made with cables of white flax, and the other the Egyptians, with cables of papyrus. But when the work was finished there arose a great storm and brake it all to pieces. So soon as Xerxes heard what had befallen, he was very wroth, and commanded that they should lay three hundred lashes of the whip upon the Hellespont, and should also throw into the sea a pair of fetters. It has been said that he even sent branders to brand the Hellespont. Certainly he commanded them that laid the stripes on the water to say therewith barbarous and [101] impious words: 'O evil water, thy master putteth this punishment on thee because thou hast worked him harm that had worked no harm to thee. Know that King Xerxes will cross thee whether thou will or no. Rightly doth no man offer sacrifice to thee, deceitful and salt river as thou art.'" -- Alfred Church, The Story of the Persian War
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Date:June 10th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
"Stupid river! Stupid, STUPID river!"
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Date:June 10th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Jesus H. tapdancing Christ. A seven-furlong river? That's nearly a mile across.

They're damn lucky that river wasn't fighting back.
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Date:June 10th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Well, the thing is, apparently Xerxes wasn't aware... but the Hellespont wasn't a river. It's the strait now known as the Dardanelles -- in other words, the lowermost part of where Turkey nearly brushes up against Greece. Essentially, he was flogging the Mediterranean.
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