As hurricane Earl approaches the Eastern Seaboard, residents in the eastern United States are faced with the rare possibility of a hurricane making landfall. Local officials obviously want coastal residents to take note of hurricane warnings and to follow the official advice, however, there are a number of superstitions and odd practices associated with hurricane preparedness on the East Coast. This article describes ten of them.
1. Many people in New Jersey believe that if they leave out “offerings”, to the hurricane, such as jars of pennies and plates filled with corn dogs, that the hurricane will spare them and their house from destruction.
2. Some people in New England believe that the safest place to be during a hurricane is inside of a Dunkin Donuts; this has led to the widespread, but accurate saying that during a hurricane you should seek safety in the, “eye of the doughnut.”
3. A man living on Long Island says that hurricane Earl isn’t anything to be worried about because only hurricanes which have names that begin with a consonant have historically damaged homes on the East Coast.
4. Many people living in Manhattan believe that the government has constructed an all powerful hurricane destroying laser hidden in the torch of the Statue of Liberty which will “vaporize” any powerful storm which approaches the city and the surrounding area. Government officials deny that this is the case, though only the president and vice president are allowed to enter the torch room in the Statue of Liberty.
5. Residents of Providence Rhode Island have for years relied upon their cats to tell them if the powerful storm was approaching the city. If fluffy stays inside as the storm approaches and meows constantly at the window, then you know it will probably be a powerful destructive hurricane.
6. Some Cape Cod residents believe that hurricane proofing their home only involves taping trash bags over the windows and stocking up frozen chicken pot pies.
7. For decades before the early 1980s, people who claimed that a hurricane could hit the East Coast were routinely burned at the stake after being branded as “weather witches.”
8. In 1988 Michael Dukakis ordered East Coast residents to line up along the beach and blow in an effort to deflect any hurricanes that might be forming to send them back out to sea.
9. Many people in New York believe that hurricanes form in the ocean when people are having too much fun and therefore, several east coast states have band the construction of new amusement parks for decades.
10. Many people living in Pennsylvania believe that if you open up a jelly jar and catch the wind from a hurricane, and quickly cap the lid, that the wind can safely be stored for a period of up to three years and released as a practical joke at a later time.
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