So, this has happened over the past two months:
maybe if the Washington Monument obeyed the Lightning’s orders it wouldn’t have gotten hit pic.twitter.com/wDIfI1visz— Phil Lorigo (@plorigo) June 5, 2020
In obvious metaphor news, the world’s largest free-flying American flag was shredded by a storm pic.twitter.com/n8b1Sa7g6q— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 5, 2020
Probably means nothing.
It does capture the national mood though.
The comet Neowise is also making its closest approach to earth today. Comets have long been associated with impending doom. You should be able to see Neowise tonight just below the Big Dipper. It is one of the brightest comets seen from earth in decades.
“When they saw a comet in the sky, the ancients were stricken with dread. A ball of fire half the size of the moon, with a tail stretching across the sky, obviously boded no good for somebody. The skies were the home of capricious gods and such a disturbance in the heavens meant danger on earth.
Well into Christian times, comets were regarded as bad omens. In 1066 a comet was seen as William the Conqueror was preparing to invade England. Soon after, Harold, the Saxon king, was defeated by William and old heads nodded. It was only to be expected after such a portent.
Though their roles as harbingers of doom are now discounted by most people, scientists are still intrigued by comets. Like the planets and the earth, they are in orbit round the sun. However, many of them fly so far away into space that they are visible from earth only once or twice in a century, or even longer. …”