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More about infra-sounds in elephants.

The Canadian science show Quirks & Quarks did a segment a month ago or so about how an Oxford scientists determined that elephants tell each other about bees - of which they are actually scared, unlike of mice - by emitting infra-sonics.

If a tornado also makes infra-sounds, it would make sense that elephants take it as a warning and avoid the tornado.

Too bad scientists can't come up with devices that could withstand the disintegrating (for lack of a better term) effects of black-hole gravity, the way the tornado chasers of "Twister" came up with those nifty sensors (or was that a total fiction, too?).

"For all the nitpicking we can do over the science of Twister, there's no denying it works as fantastic entertainment. And at least one aspect of the science is drawn from reality: the sensor system known as DOROTHY. It's based in part on the TOtable Tornado Observatory (TOTO, after Dorothy's dog in The Wizard of Oz) developed by NOAA scientists a few years before the 'film' was made."

Using the word 'film' in the above referenced text from the article, instead of saying the name "Twister", left me stumbling for a few minutes trying to figure out if it was a typo since it just seemed backwards saying that the TOTO system was developed before the Wizard of Oz was made!?!?!? Right! Now I see that they are probably referencing Twister, but since Wizard of Oz was the last film mentioned..... Is this grammatically correct of me to point out? or do parentheses exclude noun replacement designation rules? I think sobriety makes me think too far into things....

When we had a tornado come thru downtown Nashville a few years ago I was amazed by the randomness of the damage. There were trucks and trailers tossed all over the street in front of the building I worked in - and half a block away my car was undamaged, just completely covered with leaves. When all the routes south out of downtown were blocked I pulled into the parking lot Farmers' Market. The metal roof of one of the pavilions had been peeled back - and 10 feet away was an intact greenhouse made of light lumber and plastic sheeting.

I just sat there thinking "Air did this."

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