That’s Pretty Cold 

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

It’s cold in Florida right now, really cold. Exactly how cold is it?

Across the so-called Sunshine State, oranges and strawberries are freezing, icicles are hanging off palm fronds, and iguanas paralyzed by the cold are falling out of trees.

It’s iguanas-dropping-from-trees cold. The idea of iguanas slowly going motionless, before ultimately dropping from trees, cracks me up1. That may just be because I’m a terrible person, but give this a read:

On Wednesday, many iguanas were spotted in “frozen” states, clinging from trees or stuck on the ground.

“Generally speaking, if it warms up afterwards, they can recover,” Magill added, but a long cold snap can also kill iguanas.

Magill warned against trying to remove iguanas since they might quickly spring back to life.

“I knew of a gentleman who was collecting them off the street and throwing them in the back of his station wagon, and all of a sudden these things are coming alive, crawling on his back and almost caused a wreck,” Magill said.

I think we can all agree that that is hilarious.

I’ll tell you, if I were a weatherman in Florida, I’d be having a field day with this. Puns, hilarious graphics, and maybe even a guy in an iguana costume. If only…


Footnotes:

  1. Do the falling iguanas ever hit unsuspecting passersby? They must! Better still, some of those people are snowbirds, the retired folks who live in Florida only during the winter months. It’s such glorious payback by Mother Nature. ↩︎


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