OT: Saturday 11:30 AM - 26 inches

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Feb 10 23:54:37 UTC 2013

So what -- and when, and why -- were A--- through M---??  (The 2012
*hurricanes* were not Nemo and Orko, but Nadine and Oscar.  And the
list ended at Tony, so U--- and V--- are available if we were to
continue that line.)


At 2/10/2013 05:31 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>The next winter storm, currently in prep., is apparently Orko, which
>I just learned from wikipedia is either for
>(i) a cute fictional character from the Masters of the Universe
>(ii) an ancient Basque deity
>(iii) a Finnish film director
>(iv) an alternative hip-hop artist
>or, less likely,
>(v) a misspelled Italian river (Orco)
>Given that its predecessor was a cartoon fish, I take it (i) is the
>relevant one.  Maybe the idea is that if we give the names of cute
>little cartoon creatures, they won't be mean to us.  If so, it's not working.

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