When we see the first glory of youth pass us by, Like a leaf on the stream that will never return, When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high, First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn; Then, then in the time when affection holds sway With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew; Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they, But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.
In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers, Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth; 'Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth. So it is not 'mid splendour, prosperity, mirth, That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears; To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth, But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.
- Thomas Moore
We’ve all heard that it can be raining men, as an expression of course from the popular hit song, but it’s not every day you hear that it’s literally raining seafood. Not that we’re aware of, at least.
Well in the Qingdao, the Chinese costal city, it was in fact raining starfish, prawns and octopuses after strong winds sucked the creatures from the sea. The storm brought trees down and sign posts, it flooded the streets and had traffic completely frozen. What caught the most attention however, was the various sea creatures that were falling from the sky.
Pictures show shrimp, starfish and shellfish falling on driver’s windshields, and octopuses flying through the air. China’s national weather agency referred to the phenomenon as seafood rain.