OT: Alces alces
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 31, 2003, 23:54|
Andreas Johansson scripsit:
> On the streets? It happens, but isn't common. Unlike hitting one in 100km/h at
> the motorway.
When you drive into the U.S. state of Maine (in the northeast corner), ther
is a sign telling you how many people have been killed in moose accidents
that year, continuously updated (by hand; it's a non-electronic sign).
American _Alces alces_ are tall enough that no part of the animal's body
is visible to a driver at night except the legs, which are pretty spindly.
So if a moose is crossing the highway at night, a driver can smash right
into its legs without being aware of it -- after which up to 550 kg of
moose meat falls on the car.
See http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/biology/b103/f01/web1/ouellette.html .
Similar problems occur in Alaska and Canada.
And through this revolting graveyard of the universe the muffled, maddening
beating of drums, and thin, monotonous whine of blasphemous flutes from
inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond Time; the detestable pounding
and piping whereunto dance slowly, awkwardly, and absurdly the gigantic
tenebrous ultimate gods -- the blind, voiceless, mindless gargoyles whose soul
is Nyarlathotep. (Lovecraft) John Cowanemail@example.com|ccil.org/~cowan