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St Lawrence's Tears

Friday, August 10, 2007

Meteor showers this weekend! Or, if you're really, really old, the tears of St Lawrence will be shed.

According to MSNBC, Laurentius, a Christian deacon, was martyred by the Romans in 258 AD on an outdoor grill. Apparently he was a hardy soul, since he was lucid enough to tell his torturers, "I am already roasted on one side and, if thou wouldst have me well cooked, it is time to turn me on the other." Wikipedia, another highly esteemed and credible source (umm, yeah, sarcasm), puts it like this, "I am done on this side! Turn me over and eat."

Anyways...evidently the August meteor showers were long believed to be the tears of St Lawrence. There was a point to my gruesome quotes...you need a little backstory to understand the tears.

Sunday night after 11 (at least here in California) is supposed to be prime time viewing for the showers/tears. And no moon, so it should be nice and dark, unless there are lots of streetlights around, then you're SOL.

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