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Planet Earth

Gained in Translation

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyJanuary 23, 2007 5:45 PM


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I was just reading a report (PDF) about the damages caused by Hurricane Catarina, a very anomalous event, to Brazil in 2004. The report is written in English but reading through, I rather doubt that's the first language of its authors. I was amused to come across this paragraph in particular:

The impact was intense over the fauna. Coastal birds were blown towards the valleys and the mountain range situated 40 km from the coast. Many birds died and sickened due to virus infection and inadequate feeding. It was also noticed an increase on the number and aggressiveness of mosquitoes, and farm animals behaved inappropriately 1 hour before the hurricane.

Hurricane or no hurricane, I hate it when farm animals behave inappropriately. It's bad enough when people do it, but when a pig starts...well, I won't say.

P.S.: Sorry, I couldn't resist...

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