Readings — From the January 2017 issue

Fair-Weather Fiends

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From a list of phrases used in various languages to describe a sun-shower, the phenomenon of the sun shining while it rains. The phrases were compiled by Bert Vaux, a professor of linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

The sun is washing its face

The fox is making love

The rats are getting married

The jackal is giving birth

The wolf is bearing a son

The hyena’s child is going to die

The witches are combing their hair

The witches are making butter

The witches are making soft bread

The devil is kissing his wife

The devil is beating his wife

They’re beating the women with knives and spoons

They’re having a fair in hell

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