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Friday, March 10, 2006

same planet, different world

the following was lifted from here
ABUJA (Reuters) - The Nigerian government, anxious to avoid a repeat of riots that marked a solar eclipse in 2001, warned citizens they may suffer "psychological discomfort" during a new eclipse this month but urged them not to panic.

Information Minister Frank Nweke said an eclipse five years ago caused riots in northern Borno state because people did not know why it happened.

"Some people even felt some evil people in their communities were responsible for the eclipse," he said in a statement on Thursday aimed at reassuring Nigerians that the eclipse is expected to darken parts of the country on March 29.

"The eclipse is not expected to have any real damaging effect, only social and psychological discomforts are envisaged," Nweke said.

He did not explain what the discomforts might be.


me, i'm going to go into sacramento and try to start a riot or something when the evil people there cause the sun to go away. or at least throw a burger wrapper in the street to show my distress.

2 Comments:

Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Solar eclipses have a strange effect on those with limited understanding of their universe. In the movie "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", Hank's knowledge of a pending solar eclipse was used to his advantage.
While this was a fictional account, the information was gleaned from actual accounts.

I have experienced a total solar eclipse and there is a "feeling" for lack of a better word, that something strange is going on, the reduction of light, the coolness in the air as sunlight no longer heats your skin and so it is no wonder that it could frighten a country of ingnorant sheep and spook them into riot.

3/10/06, 10:52 AM  
Blogger jeffox said...

Ya ya, people get pretty freaked here in MN when the snow melts.

:) :) :)

3/10/06, 12:35 PM  

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