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The Piedmont Smelt Incident

Aside from the occasional monster wave, there is no finer display of the raw and natural violence of her majesty’s beauty than the Lake Superior Cyclone. Air is churning over the water’s surface in a melee of suction and force that would clean the beard on a Lumbersexual or the balls off a beaver. They were visible near Stoney Point on New Years day of 2010 where you could see them toward Wisconsin pulling through gravity and time, swaying in the distance of a sunny cold afternoon. 

Then I heard this fishy tale from a neighbor:

Coming home from kindergarten in about the spring of 1960, after school and dressed in his spacesuit rain gear, he sees funnel clouds over the lake. As the storm passes and nearing home he notices on the lawn a patch of small silver fish, then another yard with more of them, telling his dad who doesn’t believe him a tornado could siphon a school of smelt off the lake into the hills of old Piedmont.

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Herzog

about 5 years ago

A friend shared this... another lost classic:

Someone told me long ago there's a calm before the storm
I know, it's been comin' for some time
When it's over, so they say, it'll smelt on sunny days
I know, shinin' down like water
I wanna know, have you ever seen the smelt?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the smelt
Comin' down on a sunny day?
Yesterday and days before, sun is cold and smelt is hard
I know, been that way for all my time
'Til forever, on it goes through the circle, fast and slow
I know, it can't stop, I wonder
I wanna know, have you ever seen the smelt?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the smelt
Comin' down on a sunny day?
Yeah, I wanna know, have you ever seen the smelt?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the smelt
Comin' down on a sunny day?

waferdog

about 5 years ago

I recall my high school biology teacher back in the late '80s telling a similar story from around the same time frame, so perhaps this did occur.

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