Friday, June 19, 2009

Tadpoles Over Hamamatsu!

The strange raining tadpoles phenomenon has struck right here. Apparently, on Saturday morning, June 13th, a teacher discovered a mysterious pile of about thirty or forty dead tadpoles at the illustrious all-girl Seien High School in Hamamatsu. I'm becoming more and more intrigued. Fish and tadpoles falling from the sky?

We were delighted to learn a little bit about this particular (and peculiar) incident from actual eyewitnesses, but for various reasons-- including my wandering, inattentive mind-- anecdotal details remain sketchy.

And newspaper stories contradictory. According to the rumor someone related to me, the teacher found the tadpoles on a tennis court at the school, and this is seemingly confirmed by a news report in the Mainichi Daily News. However, The Japan Times story gives an inexact figure of "more than thirty tadpoles" scattered over a large radius on a "sports field." A few of our students attend the school and at least one is currently taking the biology class of the actual teacher who found the dead amphibians. I'm sure she has some interesting information to add, but I haven't talked to her about it yet.

Since this is so obviously the work of space aliens, I hope Mulder and Scully are on the case via some Japan-United States law enforcement exchange program. Or perhaps their Japanese equivalent.

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